Meet The IT MATTTRsTM Team

Based in the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, the IT MATTTRsTM program was developed by community members, researchers, clinicians, and practice facilitators. 




Linda Zittleman

Linda Zittleman, MSPH

IT MATTTRs™ Program Director

co-Director, High Plains Research Network

Linda Zittleman, MSPH is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine and the co-Director of the High Plains Research Network (HPRN). Ms. Zittleman is also a member of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Community Engagement program staff. She has extensive experience working with the rural practices and communities on a range of studies and managing multi-site, multi-method research projects. She helped develop the Boot Camp Translation (BCT) process used to develop the IT MATTTRs Community Programs and helped lead the IT MATTTRs research study.

Kristen Curcija, MPH

Kristen Curcija, MPH

IT MATTTRs™ Program Manager

Kristen Curcija is a Senior Professional Research Assistant with the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, and project manager for the IT MATTTRs Colorado study.  Kristen works with practices and community advisory committees within the State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices & Partners (SNOCAP) practice-based research network to develop, implement, and evaluate research projects throughout Colorado.  She also assists with qualitative data collection and analysis for projects focused on opioid use disorder and lung cancer screening in primary care practices.  From a rural community herself, Kristen enjoys learning about the unique experiences of rural clinics and understanding how to apply that information to create effective interventions within these communities. 

Jack Westfall, MD, MPH

Clinical MAT Expert

Dr Westfall started the High Plains Research Network, a geographic community and practice-based research network in rural and frontier Colorado. He practiced family medicine in several rural communities including Limon, Ft Morgan, and his hometown of Yuma, Colorado. He added Medication Assisted Treatment to his clinical care in 2016. Jack Westfall is a family doctor in Washington, DC and Director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care.  Serving as Director, he brings his extensive clinical, research, and policy experience to study primary care access and payment, training, rural health, linking primary care and community health, and policies aimed at assuring a robust primary care workforce for rural, urban, and vulnerable communities.

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