At MN Community Measurement, we believe data is powerful and we’re using it to lead the improvement of health care in our region. We work with doctors, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, purchasers, and state agencies to design measures. We then collect, analyze, and share actionable data on health care quality and cost.



  • 2000 – 2005

    Health plan medical directors began discussing opportunities to collaborate on medical group performance reporting and agreed to pilot joint data collection and reporting for diabetes measures in 2001. The Community Measurement Project was formalized in 2002. In 2004, the first Health Care Quality Report and online performance rates were made available. MN Community Measurement (MNCM) was incorporated as a 501c-3 non-profit charitable organization in 2005.

  • 2006 – 2010

    MNCM gained a national reputation for its work in quality measurement and development of measures focused on patient reported outcomes. A new data submission process was created to gather data directly from medical groups and data was used for the first time for pay-for-performance through the Bridges to Excellence (BTE) program. Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Aligning Forces for Quality grant program provided resources to launch MNHealthScores to make quality data available to the public. MNCM contracted with the MN Department of Health to support the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS).

  • 2011 – 2015

    MNCM measures gained traction at the national level with measures adopted in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) measurement program, and the Meaningful Use program. MNCM made new strides in leveraging data to shed light on disparities in health care quality – releasing the first statewide reports on Health Care Disparities in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. MNCM also published the nation’s first statewide public report on total cost of care (TCOC).

  • 2016 – Present

    MNCM’s recent history has been focused on continuation of its core measurement and reporting work, and advocating for the inclusion of MNCM measures in federal programs in order to advance alignment. MNCM is also engaging with the community to evolve the way measurement is done to reduce burden, increase timeliness, and make it more actionable – and to partner on innovation projects that address challenges in the way data is shared between providers and payers for population health management and quality improvement.


As a collaboration-based nonprofit organization, MNCM draws expertise and direction from a diverse group of leaders who represent a variety of health care stakeholders, including consumers.

Board Members


  • Board Chair - Beth Averbeck, MD, Senior Medical Director for Primary Care, HealthPartners
  • Vice Chair - Mark Matthias, MD, Physician Vice President, Acute Care Division, CentraCare
  • Treasurer - Pam Houg, Office Manager, Minnesota Council of Health Plans (ex-officio)
  • President & Secretary - Julie Sonier, MPA, President, MN Community Measurement (ex-officio)


  • Matt Anderson, Assistant Commissioner Health Care and Medicaid Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Joseph Bianco, MD, Director, Primary Care, Essentia Health
  • Cara Broich, RN, CPHQ, Senior Director, Quality & Clinical Advancement, Medica
  • Jon Christianson, PhD, James A. Hamilton Chair in Health Policy, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Andy Cochrane, Chief Executive Officer, Maple Grove Hospital
  • Clarissa Cox, Vice President of Clinical Operations and Care Transformation, PreferredOne
  • Bentley Graves, Director of Health Care and Transportation Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • Steven Inman, MD, Pediatric Services, PA
  • Mariam Mohamed, Consumer Representative
  • Claire Neely, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Clinical System Improvement (ex-officio)
  • Lucas Nesse, JD, President & CEO, Minnesota Council of Health Plans (ex-officio)
  • Mark Steffen, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Beth Thomas, DO, FACS, General Surgeon, Physician Executive
  • Mary Ellen Wells, FACHE, Consumer Representative


Executive Leadership

Julie Sonier

Julie Sonier



Liz Cinqueonce

Liz Cinqueonce

Chief Operating Officer


Clinical Quality Measurement & Analysis


Collette Cole

Clinical Measure Developer



Jess Donovan

Clinical Measurement Analyst


HR & Administration

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Deb Olson

HR & Administration 


Data Collection & Integrity

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Sandy Larsen

Data Collection & Integrity



Ellen Kormanik

Data Quality Specialist


Amy Krier

Amy Krier

Technical Project Manager


Information Systems & Technology


Will Muenchow

Information Systems & Technology 



Naga Ammineni

Data Integration Engineer


Data Analysis & Reporting


Gunnar Nelson

Health Economist
Director, Analysis & Reporting


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Trisha Brinkhaus

Health Data Analyst


Career Opportunities

MN Community Measurement is looking for people who thrive on creating exceptional results and relationships. MNCM careers provide competitive pay and benefits in a collaborative and supportive work environment. We foster a dynamic atmosphere that values collaboration, credibility, responsive services and innovative solutions. We are dedicated to working with those who believe that improvement is best supported through measurement and data that is meaningful and actionable. If this sounds like you, please join us.

Current Openings:

There are no vacancies at this time.