Debra K. Litzelman, MA, MD, MACP
D. Craig Brater Professor of Global Health Education
Dr. Litzelman is a Senior Research Scientist at Regenstrief Institute where she conducts research in innovative health care system workforce development and patient-centered behavioral change strategies.
Her work with the Indiana University Center for Global Health is focused on bilateral exchange of ideas to improve health and well-being for the medically underserved across the globe. The ideas for creating a new workforce to care for vulnerable populations in Indiana arose from her work in Kenya where community health workers (CHWs) are widely deployed to improve care of patients.
As co-investigator on a project to expand the Aging Brain Center (ABC) collaborative care model for older patients with cognitive and mood disorders, Dr. Litzelman developed and implemented innovative screening, hiring and training processes to prepare the ABC CHWs.
As PI of WeCare Indiana, a program to improve infant mortality rates in Indiana, Dr. Litzelman and her team have implemented community-based behavioral change interventions among high-risk women. CARE Plus (an innovative, community-based addiction reduction program) is currently building on the foundation of WeCare Indiana to reduce infant mortality through outreach, health coaching, community engagement, and mobile health (mHealth) messaging technology with a special emphasis on the reduction of substance and opioid use in pregnant and post-partum women.
workforce development in healthcare systems | patient-centered behavioral change strategies | implementation research
General Internal Medicine
Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, Regenstrief Institute 1101 W. 10th Street
Indianapolis , IN 46202
Titles & Appointments
- Professor of Medicine
- Associate Director and Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
- Director of Education, Indiana University Center for Global Health
WeCare Plus Indiana (Indiana State Department of Health, PI: Litzelman) 2016-2020. The goal is to decrease risk factors for infant mortality through outreach, health coaching, community engage-ment and mobile health technology in Central Indiana.
WeCare Indiana: Improving Maternal and Infant Health to Reduce Infant Mortality (IU Health Grand Challenge, PI: Litzelman) 2015-2019. The goal is to decrease risk factors for infant mortality using mobile health technology and community health coaches working in two federally qualified health centers in Indiana.
Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (HRSA, PI: Litzelman) 2015-2019. The goal is to train interprofessional health care teams to provide improved geriatric care.
CARE Plus: An Innovative, Community-based Addiction Reduction Program (Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, PI: Litzelman) 2018-2020. The purpose of the CARE Plus program is to fill the defined gap with resources to facilitate the transition, and to provide the tools for these women to best care for their infants.
CARE Plus: A Community-based Addiction Reduction Program plus Policy Innovations Program for Indiana (IU Grand Challenge Grant, PI: Litzelman) 2018-2019. CARE Plus is focused on training community health workers (CHWs) in screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment, and hiring and training Addiction Recovery CHWs to improve our ability to enable opiate addicted mothers and fathers to engage in substance abuse and mental health treatment through workforce development.
A Multi-Institutional Longitudinal Faculty Development Program in Humanism Supports the Professional Development of Faculty Teachers.
Enhancing the prospects for palliative care at the end of life: A statewide educational demonstration project to improve advance care planning.
Tools to Assess Behavioral and Social Science Competencies in Medical Education: A Systematic Review.
Evaluation of interprofessional relational coordination and patients' perception of care in outpatient oncology teams.
Career choices and global health engagement: 24-year follow-up of U.S. participants in the Indiana University-Moi University elective.
Development and use of an instrument adapted to assess the clinical skills learning environment in the pre-clinical years.
Web-based training in geriatrics for medical residents: a randomized controlled trial using standardized patients to assess outcomes.
Improving medical student attitudes toward older patients through a "council of elders" and reflective writing experience.
Enhancing the informal curriculum of a medical school: a case study in organizational culture change.
The new formal competency-based curriculum and informal curriculum at Indiana University School of Medicine: overview and five-year analysis.
Factorial validation of an educational framework using residents' evaluations of clinician-educators.
Factorial validation of a widely disseminated educational framework for evaluating clinical teachers.
The role of footwear in the prevention of foot lesions in patients with NIDDM. Conventional wisdom or evidence-based practice?
Residents' perceptions of patient volume and amount of faculty precepting in a general medicine ambulatory practice.
Requiring physicians to respond to computerized reminders improves their compliance with preventive care protocols.
Reduction of lower extremity clinical abnormalities in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. A randomized, controlled trial.
Programs to decrease risk factors for infant mortality in Indiana.
Society of General Internal Medicine