Northborough – Danielle E. Currier of Northborough was awarded the Tufts University 2013 Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service for her work locally and abroad. She graduated in May from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is also a graduate of Algonquin Regional High School and Boston College.
For three years, she has been a member of the dental team at the Sharewood Project, a free health care organization run by medical students and physicians. Supported by the Tisch College Civic Engagement Fund, Currier helped to create the project's dental advisory board. In addition to serving on the advisory board, she organized case management efforts to determine the effectiveness and quality of referrals and screenings.
In the summer of 2012, Currier traveled to Zambia to provide oral health education, identify community dental needs, and assist visiting teams of health-care providers.?She worked with a team that conducted over 700 screenings, provided more advanced interventions to over 140 individuals, and brought fluoride treatments and restorative care to children in an orphanage in Lusaka.
Currier is one of the community outreach coordinators for the School of Dental Medicine's Class of 2013, and has organized outreach events and service projects for her peers, including a City Year neighborhood cleanup, and a Red Cross blood drive.
“Being an active citizen means contributing to society wherever you are, whether that's on your block or across borders,” Currier said.?”Your voice can travel farther than your body, and your influence is greater than just where you are physically.”
Currier is currently doing a residency program at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.