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Ruth Mickelsen

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Chair, First elected: 2013


As a consumer board member, I am passionate about building and supporting an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our members and patients. I want to use my knowledge, experience and energy to assist HealthPartners in meeting the challenges and opportunities of this complex and transformative time in health care.


Ruth Mickelsen is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and Affiliate Faculty for the Center for Bioethics. Prior to teaching at the University, Ruth practiced health law for 20 years in public, private and nonprofit settings. Health care has been at the center of her professional life and she enjoys working in health law and policy, public health and health care ethics. Ruth holds graduate degrees in law, public health and bioethics.

Ruth also serves as a trustee of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She is a Bush Leadership Fellow and was named an Alumni of Notable Achievement by the University of Minnesota in 2010.


  • B.A., Humanities, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul
  • M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA
  • M.A., Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago, Ill.


Ruth lives in St. Paul with her husband, William Manning. They have one adult daughter. She enjoys Minnesota’s bike trails, farmers markets, film festivals, travel, reading for fun and spending time with family and friends.

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