A/Prof. Elana Curtis

Associate Professor, Director of Vision 20:20

The University of Auckland


e.curtis@auckland.ac.nz
+64 9373 7599

Staff Bio

Elana (Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa) is a Public Health Physician currently working at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. She is Director Vision 20:20 at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori – Department of Māori Health, that has leadership responsibility for the Whakapiki Ake Project (Māori recruitment), the CertHSc (a pre-degree programme aimed at increasing the number of Māori and Pacific students entering into Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences), and MAPAS (Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme). In 2004-2005, Elana was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy based at the University of California (San Francisco) – investigating ethnic disparities in breast cancer mortality and survival. Prior to this, Elana worked at the National Screening Unit, Ministry of Health in Wellington where she investigated Māori/non-Māori disparities in breast cancer epidemiology, and at Te Ropu Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pomare – Māori Health Research Centre at the University of Otago investigating ethnic disparities in access to invasive cardiovascular procedures/caesarean sections and the relationship between disparities and deprivation. Her research interests include investigating ethnic inequalities in health using a Kaupapa Māori Research framework in order to eliminate existing disparities. She has more recently focused on education and health workforce research exploring what helps and hinders Māori student success within tertiary health professional study. She is proud Mum to two beautiful kōtiro – Taipapaki and Iritekura.

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