Research Interests:Tribal health and policy, long-term care, health reform, health policy
Dr. Frizzell has extensive experience and practice as a provider and administrator with Indian health systems. She holds a doctorate degree in physiology, education administration, and gerontology, and a post-doctorate in epidemiology. Her endeavors have included a broad range of professional preparations both in medicine and education, dedicated to improvement of quality of life across the life span. She has provided numerous testimonies in regard to health services policy, health issues, public health, cultural attunement, and tribal consultation. Her specialties include: Health Services Administration, Clinic Management, Rural & Indian Health Policy and Legislation, Public Health, Cultural Mindfulness, Health and Education Research, Behavioral Health, Community Assessment, Evaluation, Exercise Physiology, Health Education, Physical Rehabilitative Therapy, Service Learning Administration, Senior Corps Administration, and Therapeutic Recreation.
She has been honored to be a tribal technical advisor for health care policy for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in working with countless tribes across the nation to enhance their infrastructures and assist in their quest for self-determination. She was chosen to be in the first class of Rural Health Fellows, a program initiated by the Office of Rural Health Policy and served as technical adviser and writer for the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (P.L. 94-437 as amended). She continues to serve on expert panels for numerous legislative proposals and policy administration. She is a member of the International Suicide Prevention work group for American Indians and Alaska Natives (Canada-USA); Member of the National Medicare and Medicaid Policy Committee, Chair of the Behavioral Health Sub-Committee; Government Affairs Committee, National Rural Health Association; and Chair of the State of Minnesota Minority and Multicultural Health Advisory Council.
Additionally, she has served as a principle investigator/project director on a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Systems of Care project, consultant for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research projects, and provided tribal policy trainings for federal grants officers.