Dr. Maurine A. Lilleskov created Xcel Research Consulting Inc. in 2010 to help organizations and individual communities around the globe create and sustain cultures of health by increasing their awareness and knowledge of social contexts, behavior and lifestyle changes that promote disease prevention, treatment and management.
Working with communities, academic institutions and public health boards in the field of public health, Dr. Lilleskov dedicates her life to promoting healthy lifestyle choices, disease prevention and treatment locally and globally. Her professional and academic experiences, combined with her loss of personal relationships from co-occurring effects of alcoholism, AIDS and other chronic diseases convinced her that the health community must focus on the improper medication, inadequate information/education, and general ignorance surrounding the proper prevention and treatment of these chronic diseases. She provides professional guidance to communities and organizations that directly promote behavior changes in individuals to improve overall community health.
Dr. Lilleskov’s focus is global because she believes that we are all culturally intertwined. Whatever affects one country, affects another. She is a strong believer in working with communities and organizations to account for social and cultural predispositions that may be affecting the proper prevention and treatment of disease. She currently serves as the Lead Evaluator for two grants, a five-year Native Connections Grant and a five-year Youth and Family Tree Grant, both funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within Northern Plains Native American communities.
In 2014, she served as Principal Investigator of a one-year grant from the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse, Kenya (Project Title: Magnitude and Impact of Alcohol and Drug Abuse within the Private Sector in Kenya). In 2007, she was a part of a team working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Botswana to provide training on the intersection between HIV/AIDS and alcohol use and providing brief intervention to clients. In 2007-2008, she served as Co-Principal Investigator of a five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for the assessment and treatment of methamphetamine and other drug use among Northern Plains American Indians.