Dr. Curtis has been actively involved with organizations that advocate for better health policy and support medical research. Some of those organizations include:
She has served on committees that help to create or refine policy recommendations for issues that directly impact women and their families for many of these organizations.
From 2002-2005, Dr. Curtis served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow through the Institute of Medicine in Washington DC. During that time she gained legislative experience through her work in the Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and his membership on both the HELP and Finance Committees.
For several years she served on the Executive Panel for the Preconception Care National Project, a collaborative project between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). During that time, three national summits were hosted, a multitude of peer review articles were published, and the CDC issued its recommendations for preconception care in an MMWR report.
Currently she is working with Physicians for Human Rights on a three year, multinational project based in Africa addressing the issues of sexual violence in times of conflict. Through training programs, and the creation of national networks in each country, the project will increase collaboration between lawyers and judges, law enforcement officials, and health care providers. This will result in an improved ability to successfully prosecute those who commit acts of sexual violence, especially those that occur during times of war or increased conflict.