Christina Aplin-Kalisz, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC
Christina Aplin-Kalisz DNP, MSN, BSN, FNP-BC is an Assistant Professor within the School of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Aplin-Kalisz earned her DNP in Educational Leadership at Case Western Reserve University; Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan-Flint with concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner; Bachelor of Nursing from Michigan State University; RN diploma from Hurley Medical Center.
Dr. Aplin-Kalisz has worked for over 28 years as a RN is various capacities including critical care, home care, nursing management and others. She has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 15 years in a variety of settings including family practice, geriatrics, pediatrics, urgent care and emergency medicine. She initiated the first NP run primary care clinic for mental health patients in Genesee County in 2003.
Dr. Aplin-Kalisz has taught at the graduate nursing level for the past 13 plus years in the area of pediatrics, adult disease management and health promotion. She is the past chair of the graduate curriculum committee and has developed the curriculum for the pediatric courses and co-developed the curriculum for the adult outpatient disease management courses in the DNP program. Her clinical practice is focused on pediatrics and internal medicine in a local suburban clinic on the perimeter of the city of Flint. She believes that the nurse’s role, regardless of their role within nursing, is to advocate for his/her patients and to help guide them through the healthcare and wellness arena.
RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Aplin-Kalisz has spoken locally and nationally on the topic of pediatric obesity, nursing graduate admission/selection processes and adolescent health risk behaviors. Her research interests include adolescent risk behaviors, pediatric obesity and qualitative research. She currently has an active line of research related to pediatric obesity at the Early Child Development Center. She recently completed a study related to adolescent females within the Flint School related to health risk behaviors. She has also recently taken nurse practitioner students on a service learning mission to serve the underserved population of Appalachia. She is an active volunteer in her hometown community of Flint and the surrounding areas in Genesee county.
Dr. Aplin-Kalisz serves as the health consultant to the Early Child Development Center located on the UM-F campus. She was the legislative chair for the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners and has been actively involved in the endeavor for independent prescriptive authority in Michigan. She has been a volunteer at the Genesee County Free Clinic for over a decade.