Elizabeth Kushman

Title: Sr. Research Associate

Location: Remote


Elizabeth joined the Center for Indigenous Health as a Senior Research Associate in 2021. She serves as Director of Maternal, Infant and Child Health on the Family Spirit team. In addition to being involved with Family Spirit affiliate support, she contributes to research and program development and implementation for the Center. Current projects include Family Spirit Thrive, Language is Medicine, and Family Spirit Strengths. Her interests include identifying effective health equity promotion strategies in partnership with communities, and exploring the synergy between evidence based public health strategies and Indigenous knowledge.

Prior to joining the Center, Elizabeth worked for over 25 years in Michigan developing and managing maternal, infant and early childhood health promotion programs, as well as contributing to tribal, state and national policy development efforts. Her research experience includes needs assessment, program piloting and evaluation, and population-based surveillance projects using vital records, PRAMS and BRFS data.

She completed an MPH at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a BS in French at Georgetown University.  She is based in Traverse City, MI.