Regional Strategic Advisor
Minnesota Health Leadership Council
Ms. Krause is the Regional Strategic Advisor to the Minnesota Health Leadership Council, a group of public and private purchasers driving improved mental health care and outcomes, in affiliation with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Council members collaborate with community stakeholders to advance the five priorities of The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use, including mental health parity, access to care, collaborative care, measurement-based care, and tele-behavioral health care. Deb is presently the Project Lead for a PCORI Eugene B. Washington Community Engagement Award focused on mental health. Her commitment to multi-stakeholder collaboration includes recent service on Minnesota Community Measurement’s Board of Directors and several committees/work groups, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health and Human Services, and the Minnesota Department of Health’s Measurement Steering Team. Previously, she was the Vice President of the Minnesota Health Action Group, an employer coalition. Prior to her coalition work, Deb was a partner at Hewitt Associates and a principal at Mercer, where she provided strategic guidance to employers on their benefit plan strategy, design, administration and communications for over 25 years. Deb has a B.S. in Business Administration from Valparaiso University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.