About Us

The Innovation Group is NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center’s internal applied research and evaluation department. We promote evidence-based practices and advance innovative ideas and strategies.

The Innovation Group was launched as the Innovation Center in 2006 as the research and evaluation hub of NorthPoint..

Today, the Innovation Group has a clear mission as a catalyst for improving the health and well-being of the community. We are rooted in diverse communities and are dedicated to research and evidence-based practices that effectively produce change, impact policy and promote whole-person care, community well-being, and health equity.

Innovation Group Contact Information

Director: Julie Nielsen, Ph.D.
julie.nielsen@hennepin.us 

Senior Program Evaluator: Ashley Johnson, MPP
ashley.johnson2@hennepin.us

Our Commitment

The Innovation Group is committed to providing NorthPoint with the tools and research necessary to be a data-informed organization.

The Innovation Group is committed to providing information and assistance in evidence-based practice implementation and the promotion of health and social equity.

The Innovation Group is committed to working with program staff to define measures aligned with goals and objectives to support learning, program effectiveness, and achievement.

The Innovation Group is committed to participatory and culturally responsive evaluation practice.