As a resident of Houston, TX for almost 20 years and an established Ob/Gyn at one of its major county hospitals, Dr. Curtis is keenly aware of the multitude of needs that exist in metropolitan areas. She has actively translated that awareness into action over the years.
She created and directed the Mobile Outreach Medicine (MOM) program on the premise that health care doesn’t have to be delivered in a clinic or even a large mobile van. With a nurse practitioner and one of the first state-certified Community Health Workers in Texas, over 5,000 men, women, and children received primary and preventive health screenings and services either at home or in a community service center in their apartment complex. The MOM program helped connect thousands of families to other support services they qualified for but didn’t know about, helped them enroll (when eligible) in formal health care services, and served as a major component of the health care safety net in Harris County for over 5 years.
Dr. Curtis’ involvement with Gateway to Care (a local organization dedicated to ensuring that each resident of the Harris County / Greater Houston area has access to affordable and accessible healthcare) spans over 10 years and she played an active role in starting the Provider Health Network, a program that facilitates the receipt of specialty care services to residents of Harris County who would not otherwise have access to them.
At the state level, Dr. Curtis has recently played a key role in the Harris County IMPACT Collaborative, which is working to address the high maternal mortality ratio in the state of Texas, improve access to early prenatal care in Harris County, and improve birth outcomes in Harris County. She has been a key member of the IMPACT committee working with state legislators to create a Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force for the state of Texas.
Since 1996, Dr. Curtis has helped raise approximately $725,000 in grants for numerous organizations. That includes a $180,000 grant obtained during her fellowship at Robert Woods Johnson Health Policy Program, Institute of Medicine, in Washington, DC.