Andrew Nelson, MPH

Andrew Nelson

United States

Andrew F. Nelson is Executive Director of the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research and Vice President of HealthPartners. Mr. Nelson has provided leadership for this nonprofit, medical/health care research organization since 1990. He also serves as a corporate officer for HealthPartners, Inc. HealthPartners is an integrated health delivery system servicing over one-million people in Minnesota. HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research conducts over two hundred laboratory, clinical and health services research projects annually, through 143 full-time staff, 27 full-time career researchers, joined by more than 40 clinical researchers conducting a broad array of basic, clinical, and health services research. Prior to the HealthPartners Institute position, he was executive director of the Day Community Program at the University of Minnesota’s day-treatment program for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed adolescents. He has led or participated in numerous grants and contracts, authored or contributed to many publications and presentations. Mr. Nelson is a founding member of the HMO Research Network, 18 research organizations providing public domain research involving over 12 million people served by our sponsored health care delivery organizations. He serves on a wide range of professional and community Boards.


Awards & Recognition

  • Community Partners Star Award, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 2010 & 2008
  • Dedication and Service Award, Children’s HeartLlink, 2009
  • Recognition Award, Freeport West, Inc, 1996
  • Minnesota Trio Achiever Award, 1996
  • Service Award, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, 1993


Executive Director, HealthPartners

Vice President, HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research

Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics

MPH, University of Minnesota, (Public Health Administration), 1987

BA, University of Minnesota, (Social Welfare), 1983

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  • Jacko JA, Johnson JM, Adam T, Ali AL, Chan D, Kuang R, Nelson AF, Watters A, Westra B, Fauchald S, Potthoff S, Witrak M. Co-Creating Management Education: Moving Toward Emergent Education in a Complex World. International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education (IJIOME) V4 N3/4, 284-308. 2011
  • Greene SM, Braff J, Nelson A, Reid RJ. “The Process is the Product: A New Model for Multisite IRB Review of Data-Only Studies.” The Hastings Center, 1-6. May-Jun 2010.
  • Jacko, J. A., Adam, T., Westra, B., Witrak, M., Berkeland, R., Nelson, A. F., Ali, A. L., Johnson, L., Kuang, R., LaTour, K., Potthoff, S., & Watters, A. Launching: University Partnership for Health Informatics. Proceedings of the ACM International Health Informatics Symposium, Arlington, VA. 521-525, 2010.
  • Nass SJ, Levit LA, Gostin LO editors. Nelson AF et al, Committee on Health Research and the Privacy of Health Information: the HIPAA Privacy Rule., “Beyond the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Enhancing Privacy, Improving Health through Research.” The National Academies Press. 2009:1-320.
  • Kottke TE, Solberg LI, Nelson AF, Belcher DW, Caplan W, Green LW, Lydick E, Magid DJ, Rolnick SJ and Woolf SH. “Optimizing Practice Through Research: A New Perspective to Solve an Old Problem.” Annals of Fam Med. 2008: 6(5): 459-462.
  • Somkin CP; Altschuler A; Ackerson L; Geiger AM; Greene SM; Mouchawar J ; Holup J; Fehrenbacher L; Nelson AF; Glass A; Polikoff J; Tishler S; Schmidt C; Field TS; Wagner EH. “Organizational Barriers to Physician Participation In Cancer Clinical Trials”. Am J Manag Care. 2005 Jul;11(7):413
  • Platt R; Bocchino C; Caldwell B; Harmon R; Kleinman K; Lazarus R; Nelson AF Nordin JD; Ritzwoller DP. “Syndromic Surveillance Using Minimum Transfer of Identifiable Data: The Example of the National Bioterrorism Syndromic Suveillance Demonstration Program.” J Urban Health. 2003 Jun;80 (2 Suppl 1):I26-I31.
  • Kelly A; Call KT; Staub B; Donald WB; Wisner CL; Nelson AF; Blum RW. “Children with Complex Chronic Medical Conditions and Special Needs Privately Insured Through an HMO.” Fam Syst Health. 2002 Fall;20(3):279-89.
  • Solberg LI, Kottke TE, Brekke, ML, Magnan S, Davidson G, Calomeni CA, Conn SA, Amundson GM, Nelson AF. “Failure of a Trial of a Continuous Quality Improvement Intervention to Increase the Delivery of Clinical Preventive Services: A Randomized Trial.” Eff Clin Pract 2000; 2000 May-Jun: 3(3):105-15.
  • Nichol K, Baken L, Nelson AF. “The Relationship Between Influenza Vaccination and Outpatient Visits, Hospitalization, and Mortality Among Elderly Persons with Chronic Lung Disease.” Ann Internal Medicine. 1999. March 2;130 (5): 397-403