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Janet Liechty

Janet Liechty

Primary Affiliation: Associate Professor, School of Social Work | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Skill Highlights

Creates Visionary, Data-Driven Solutions Educates Next Generation Caretakers Uncover Pathways of Resilience Learns from Patients, Students, Communities and Stakeholders Evidence-Guided Interventions to Promote Well-Being and Healthy Lifestyle

Policy Expertise

Obesity and Social Determinants of Health
Rural and Underserved
Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care
Behavioral Health Workforce & Training

Milestones

Awarded a second 4-year integrated behavioral health training grant of $1.9m from Health Resources and Services Administration to continue expansion of behavioral health workforce in high-need, high-demand mental health shortage areas in Illinois.

Presented oral and written testimony to the House Mental Health Committee Subject Matter Hearing on HB3501 in Springfield, IL. SB 1979 (same as HB 3501) introduced, passed through committee. HB 0158 omnibus bill “Health care and Human Services Reform” passed both chambers and included the exact language of SB1979 (thanks to the Black Caucus, which included it among its 4 pillars). Gov. Pritzker signed HB0158 into law, PA 102-0004.

Served on Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center Task Force

Awarded a 4-year integrated behavioral health training grant of $1.9m from Health Resources and Services Administration to expand behavioral health into primary care in rural and under-served areas of Illinois.

Awarded 6 year Health Education and Learning training grant to train social work students in healthcare policy-practice integration and Affordable Care Act implementation. Worked with students to plan and deliver three policy-practice conferences on the opioid crisis (2018), young adult health across the lifespan (2019), and cannabis law changes (2020).

2021 - 2023

March 5, 2020

2018-December 2019

2017-2021

2015-2021

Experience & Background

Janet Liechty
About
Experience & Background

Professor Liechty’s research explores social determinants of health and the intersections of health and behavioral health, including obesity, disordered eating, body image, health literacy, and healthy lifestyle behavior change. A second area of interest is in behavioral health workforce, professional development and burnout prevention, and inter-professional education of health professionals to enhance team-based care, cultural humility, family systems awareness, and the integration of behavioral and primary health care. Professor Liechty is the Principal Investigator on two 4-year federal grants for Behavioral Health Workforce Training (3.8 million from 2017-2025) from the Healthcare Resources Services Administration (HRSA). She is also the PI on Social Work HEALS: Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars Program (2015-2021), funded through the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education. She is a Co-PI on the EMPOWER weight loss clinical trial in Urbana.

Professional Appointments

Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois System

Collaborating Scholar, 2021 to Present.

Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Inaugural Faculty Member, 2017 to Present.

Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL 

Faculty, 2017 to Present.

Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Faculty, 2016 to Present. 

School of Social Work and Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Associate Professor, 2014 to Present.

School of Social Work and Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Assistant Professor, 2007 – 2014. 

Recent Publications

Enhancing MSW Field Education Using Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement: Feasibility and Acceptability of an Online Weekly Feedback Tool
Enhancing MSW Field Education Using Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement: Feasibility and Acceptability of an Online Weekly Feedback Tool

Policy

Policy Work

Toward Nutrition Justice in Champaign County: Learning from Community Partners
Policy Work
2020: The National Center for Rural Health Professions. Illinois Behavioral Health Workforce Education, Learning & Leadership (BHWELL) Program
Policy Work
Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center Task Force Report to the Illinois General Assembly
Policy Work
A report on the Illinois behavioral health workforce crisis and recommended solutions to grow, recruit, and retain a qualified, modern, diverse, and evolving behavioral health workforce: Response to House Bill 5111 (PA 100- 0767)
Policy Work
The critical role of training in behavioral health
Policy Work
2019: University of Illinois School of Social Work Annual Report. Expanding care in underserved areas
Policy Work

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