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Denice Curtis

Biography:

Dr. Denice Curtis, assistant professor, teaches biostatistics, epidemiology and global health.

Curtis is a public health practitioner and educator who has more than 30 years of experience working in the public health areas of program evaluation, chronic and infectious diseases, health prevention and promotion, qualitative and quantitative research, and program development.

Her research interests focus on developing community-based participatory research projects that address oral health issues and eliminate health disparities. As chief quality officer for the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, she used her training in dental medicine to help develop an oral health collaborative pilot project.

Curtis received a grant from UWF Florida Research Fellowship to initiate a community participatory project in Quito, Ecuador, during the summer of 2016. She collaborated with the University of San Francisco de Quito to assess the oral health status of three indigenous communities. They interviewed adults to gauge awareness about oral health risk factors; performed oral exams on school-age children using the caries management by risk assessment methodology. They also interviewed the parents to assess behaviors that contribute to dental disease and tested the water system for excess fluoride levels. The data gathered during this initial phase will be used to assess gaps in oral health.

Before coming to UWF in 2015, she was an adjunct professor at A.T. Still University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Liverpool in England and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

She received a doctor degree in dental surgery from Central University of Quito, Ecuador, a master in public health with a focus in Epidemiology from University of Kansas Medical Center, and a doctorate in health sciences with focus in global health from NOVA Southeastern University.

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