Dr. Litzelman’s professional interests are interprofessional education and practice, innovative health care system workforce development, and patient-centered behavioral change strategies. Her research is focused on the impact of practical training to prepare health care team members to function within relational, collaborative models of care.
As co-investigator on a CMS-funded project to expand the Aging Brain Center (ABC) collaborative care model to a wider number of older patients with cognitive and mood disorders and their caregivers, Dr. Litzelman led the Workforce Training Core, which developed and implemented innovative screening, hiring and training processes to prepare the ABC Care Coordinator Assistants.
Dr. Litzelman’s 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 elders arose from her work in Kenya where community health workers are widely deployed to improve care of patients with chronic illnesses.