Elizabeth Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Michigan’s School of Nursing (UMSN) in the Health Behavior and Biological Sciences department. She is the Family Nurse Practitioner Program Lead.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she is committed to working with vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly at-risk, high-ACE youth. Dr. Kuzma is an expert in providing holistic, trauma-informed primary care, including health promotion, disease prevention, and management of minor acute and chronic conditions, with cultural humility. She has experience in nurse-managed care settings, in school-based settings, and in a local health department. She has also served as a faculty preceptor and mentor at the UM student-run free clinic.
Her research and scholarship focus includes a variety of adolescent health issues, particularly related to trauma, sexuality, and gender identity. She is actively involved in and committed to professional and policy advocacy. Dr. Kuzma sees public policy advocacy at the organizational, local, state, and federal levels as the broadest form of patient advocacy for health promotion and disease prevention.
She is the previous American Association for Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Representative for Michigan. She currently serves on the AANP National Research Committee and the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners Finance Committee, and she is the Chair of the UMSN’s Faculty Practice Advisory Committee. She received the AANP State Award for Excellence in 2012.