Ellen Benavides, MHA is Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health. She is responsible for leading the Minnesota Department of Health's Policy, Quality and Compliance Bureau. This bureau includes the Compliance Monitoring Division and the Health Policy Division. MDH is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. The department operates programs in disease prevention and control, health promotion, community public health, environmental health, health care policy, and regulation of health care providers.