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About Frank Cortez Flores

Frank Cortez Flores

I would like to share with you some of my past life’s blessings. Since graduation from Claremont Graduate University, in addition to geriatric medicine and gerontology, most if not all my work has been in university based public health as a volunteer epidemiologist in Global Public Health.
Prior to my enrollment at CGU, I maintained a practice as an oral/maxillofacial surgeon as well as a combined real estate and insurance business. As a public health epidemiologist, I was mostly involved in the prevention and reconstruction that follows natural disasters as well as bioterrorism and the role of the public health workforce.
I am now retired from the faculty at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and the School of Dentistry, Department of Dental Educational Services.
However, I am still an active member of The Supercourse Faculty that is part of Disease Monitoring and Telecommunications, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.
The Supercourse is an Internet-based distance learning material for health-related (medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, etc.) students who are beginners in Epidemiology, Global Health and the Internet. The Supercourse Faculty utilizes the Supercourse for training students. We also contribute to the Supercourse as a reviewer, lecture developer, or translator as well advising over the Internet by discussing with interested parties issues related to prevention.
What follows is a very succinct summary of a partial listing of my educational and community involvements: Academic background: East Los Angeles Community College, AA - University of Southern California: College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, BS; School of Dentistry, DDS; School of Medicine, Post-Doctoral; and School of Education, MS - Claremont Graduate University, Faculty in Education, Graduate Program in Higher Education, MA, PhD - Loma Linda University School of Public Health, MPH - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, Post-Doctoral.
Additional education: California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, School of Applied Arts and Sciences - Healthcare Administration; Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA - Risk Management - Licensed Insurance Broker/retired; Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, CA & Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA - Realtor/Licensed Real Estate Broker/Syndication of Properties/retired.
My past volunteer public health activities/field research involved public health assignments in Brazil, South America along the Amazon River; in Honduras, Central America along the Mosquito Coast; in The Highlands of Ethiopia, Africa; in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, South America and the Galapagos Islands of the Pacific Ocean; and in other developing countries. I explored the public health influences as well as the political, economic, cultural, and historical forces that have helped shaped the development of the country as well as the prevalence of arboviral infectious diseases (defined as any of a large group of viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, that include the causative agents of encephalitis, yellow fever, and dengue).
Also, volunteered healthcare services as a health care provider at a children clinic in Jerusalem, Israel - I lived in Jerusalem for a period of time as well as at Kibbutz Afikim (a collective farm or settlement in Israel) which is located in an area of northern Israel near The Golan Heights....an upland region northeast of the Sea of Galilee; in Mexico with the Flying Samaritans; as a Pilot/Provider in Mexico with "Liga - The Flying Doctors" of Loma Linda University Medical Center and in other countries.
I was nominated/considered for the Deanship at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1990; I was involved with the political process on a national and statewide basis and my political associations were such that my wife and I were invited by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife to attend a White House State Dinner held in honor of the Chancellor of Austria; The California Parents/Teachers Association honored me: "PTA Very Special Person Award" and I was honorably discharge from the United States Navy Reserve. Also, I was selected for an appointment as a commissioned officer in the Dental Corps of the United States Naval Reserve.
Also, another “Blessing” to share:
I recently (2013) had the pleasure of meeting the President of the University of Southern California and his lovely wife: President C.L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki Nikias – indeed, it was a memorable event that will be with me to my last days.
I was invited to have an intimate dinner with the President of the University of Southern California (USC) and his wife at their home in San Mario.
I’ll quote a portion of the dinner invitation:
“Dear Frank…Niki (his wife) and I are absolutely delighted that you and a guest will be joining us for dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9 at President’s House in San Mario. Our dinner will be fairly intimate, so this will be a wonderful opportunity for us to spend time together…Niki and I look forward to warmly welcoming you to our home, and to a lovely evening among friends!” It’s signed Max (C. L. Max Nikias, President) and dated November 25, 2013.”
I can’t seem to find the right way to express my feelings regarding the wonderful evening at President and Mrs. Nikias home. My son Gregory, who is also an alumnus of USC, and I were the first to arrive and we were met at the entrance to their lovely home by Mrs. Nikias (Niki) with her warm friendly smile and yet most certainly a lady of grace. She immediately made us feel at home and we were escorted to a lovely reception area of their home where we were offered wind and conversation; the President (Max) joined us immediately thereafter.
We talked about Cyprus (I was an honorary member of the expatriate Cypriot community in Saudi Arabia); Athens (my surrogate mother was an Athenian Greek); Jerusalem, I lived and worked in Jerusalem at a children’s clinic, associated with Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University; I represented the Los Angeles Chapter of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity at the dedication of the new Tel Aviv School of Dental Medicine in Tel Aviv; I was the guest of Teddy Kollek, mayor of Jerusalem; and I volunteer my time at Kibbutz Afikim.
Also, we talked about the history of San Mario; the president’s home and the Mudd family; Interestingly, I was assistant to the Dean of Faculty at Harvey Mudd College which is part of the Claremont Colleges Consortium; and his Alma Mater, SUNY-Buffalo, New York; I spend some time at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
I was fortunate to have been graduated from 4 different USC schools; Also, I was honored to be appointed by President C. L. Max Nikias to serve as a USC Ambassador for the University of Southern California – a large world renowned academic center of Higher Learning that includes a health sciences campus with numerous schools as well as several teaching-hospitals.
Thank you Dr. Max, my dear friend and fellow Trojan, for the great academic honor of naming me as a USC Ambassador; a lovely way for me to fade out from over 60 years of academia. I will abide by all policies, rules, regulations and follow all protocols of the University of Southern California and fully support our President C.L. Nikias in his academic endeavors to maintain our University of Sothern California as a world renowned research university with a world-class faculty and to honor their scholarly and creative achievements.
ACADEMIC/FACULTY EXPERIENCES (partial listings):
Visiting Fellow: Center for Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University. Also served as an external faculty committee member to evaluate PhD Candidate's final oral examination/defense of dissertation in Higher Education
Director, "Project on Advancement Activities in American Schools of Dentistry" Center for Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University. Principal investigator of study conducted for the American Association of Dental Schools. Designed and directed study on the effect of academic leadership on advancement activities in American schools of dentistry. Authored research report. Principal investigator for study on the significance of endowment funds for American schools of dentistry. Authored research report.
Vice President/Board of Directors for Project Hospital Ship Oceanic, Inc. A seagoing hospital ship to advance healthcare in developing countries
Assistant to the Dean of Faculty, Harvey Mudd College (The Claremont Colleges)
Site Coordinator for Upward Bound Summer Residential School at the University of California, San Diego Harvey Mudd College (The Claremont Colleges)
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN HEALTH AND AGING: University of California Los Angeles, CA. The California Geriatric Education Center, Interdisciplinary Faculty Development Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.
INTRODUCING PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES IN AGING INTO THE CURRICULUM: Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse, New York. The Aging Studies Program of the Center for Policy Research. 2002 Summer Workshop "Introducing Public Policy Issues in Aging into the Curriculum"
SUMMER 2002 GERIATRIC INSTITUTE: Challenges of Physical Disability in an Aging Population. New Mexico Geriatric Education Center, Department of Family and Community Medicine. School of Medicine University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM. Co-Sponsors: New Mexico Geriatric Education Center at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the Indian Health Service Elder Care Initiative.
CONSULTANT/PEER REVIEWER SERVICES FOR DHHS/HRSA: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the HRSA Division of Independent Review and the Division of Medicine and Dentistry and U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). The purpose is to assure interested parties that the evaluation and awarding of grant and cooperative agreement applications by the HRSA is competitive, impartial, and fair.
Disasters: Natural/Manmade (Bioterrorism)
U.S. Army Medical Command - “Medical Response to Chemical Warfare and Terrorism 2000” - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, December 2000. The Chemical Casualty Care Division of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense informed and educated health care professionals and first responders serving the military and supporting civil defense/domestic preparedness programs about chemical agents and the proper medical responses in the event of intentional or accidental chemical agent exposure
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (partial listings):
Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM). Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, Maryland and the sponsorship of the United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. “Medical Preparedness and Planning of Man-made Disasters” - New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, May 2001. To further enhance the training received as well as a useful reference as an emergency/first responder, civil authority, border health worker or military member of the United States or Mexican Armed Forces. Presentation: "Dengue, Aedes aegypti, and Hurricane Reconstruction In The Caribbean and Central America: Prevention and Control Following a Natural Disaster"
AMERICAN SCHOOLS OF PUBLIC HEALTH ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE - Responding to a New Environment: Emergency Response at Schools of Public Health. September 8-10, 2002, Pittsburgh, PA. Sponsored by: Association of Schools of Public Health; University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Center for Public Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The conference, "Responding to a New Environment" was the third in a series of annual conferences of environmental health faculty. Using exercises related to disaster preparedness and response as a focal point of the agenda, the conference enabled faculty to incorporate new and emerging areas of environmental health into current curricula as well as enhance their ability to effectively train members of the public health workforce. The conference also included a one-day pre-conference disaster training exercise, “Bioterrorism: The Role of the Public Health Workforce.” This exercise was a participatory learning experience. ASPH invited experts in the field to speak on bioterrorism prevention and response. Presentation: "Dengue, Aedes aegypti, and Hurricane Reconstruction In The Caribbean and Central America: Prevention and Control Following a Natural Disaster"
American Public Health Association 131st Annual Conference. San Francisco, California. November 15-19, 2003. Presentation: "Dengue, Aedes aegypti, and Hurricane Reconstruction In The Caribbean and Central America: Prevention and Control Following a Natural Disaster"
2003 Global Public Health Conference: Collaborating for Quality of Life and Health in the Pacific. Honolulu, Hawai'i. 04-06 June 2003. A meeting organized by the Hawai'i Public Health Association in conjunction with University of Hawai'i (UH) Globalization Research Center (GRC), UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies, State of Hawai‘i Department of Health, UH School of Public Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, among others. Presentation: "Dengue, Aedes aegypti, and Hurricane Reconstruction In The Caribbean and Central America: Prevention and Control Following a Natural Disaster"
60th Annual Meeting of the United States-Mexico Border Health Association. Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. June 4-7, 2002. Presentation: A Regional Approach to Dengue Fever Prevention and Control Program
52nd Annual Southwest Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man. Houston, Texas. 6-7 June 2002. A meeting sponsored by the Zoonosis Control Division of the Texas Department of Health and the Texas Health Foundation and co-hosted by the University of Texas School of Public Health, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, the Houston Zoological Gardens, and Public Health Region 6 of the Texas Department of Health. Presentation: A Regional Approach to Dengue Fever Prevention and Control Program
59th Annual Meeting of the United States-Mexico Border Health Association. Las Cruces, New Mexico. 29 May – 01 June 2001. Presentation: Dengue, Aedes aegypti, and Hurricane Reconstruction: A Shared Commitment Following a Natural Disaster
American Public Health Association National Conference. Boston, Massachusetts. November 12-16, 2000. Presentation - Round Table: " A Dental Public Health Residency Program: An Effective Catalyst for Change in Dental Education and a Collaborator in Eliminating Health Disparities."
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Houston, Texas. October 29-November 2, 2000 Presentation: "Dengue and Aedes aegypti: A Public Health Problem Along the Texas-Mexico Border." Presentation: "Dengue, Aedes aegypti, and Hurricane Reconstruction In The Caribbean and Central America: Prevention and Control Following a Natural Disaster"
Second International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, Georgia. 16-19 July 2000 A meeting organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the American Society for microbiology, and the CDC Foundation. Presentation: "Dengue, Aedes aegypti, and Hurricane Reconstruction In The Caribbean and Central America: Prevention and Control Following a Natural Disaster"
58th Annual Meeting of the United States-Mexico Border Health Association. Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico. 02-05 May 2000. Presentation: "Dengue and Aedes aegypti: A Public Health Problem Along the Texas-Mexico Border." Presentation: "Aging and Diabetes Mellitus: A Dental Public Health Problem Along the US-Mexico Border."
American Public Health Association National Conference. Washington, DC. November 15-18, 1998 International Health Section-Community Health: Global Strategies to Improve Services. Presentation: "Dengue Fever: A Public Health Problem Along the US-Mexico Border." Presentation: Oral Health Section, "Aging and Diabetes Mellitus: A Dental Public Health Problem Along the US-Mexico Border."
First International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, Georgia. 8-11 March 1998. A meeting organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the American Society for microbiology, and the CDC Foundation. Presentation: "Dengue and Aedes aegypti : A Public Health Problem Along the Texas-Mexico Border"
American Association of Dental Schools National Conference. Boston, Mass. March 1992.
Research and New Programs - Oral presentation of abstract: "Leadership in Advancement Activities: A Survey of American Schools of Dentistry."
Section on Development, Communications, and Public Relations: Principal Speaker, "The Current Status of Dental School Development Offices: Functions and Strategies."
Section on Development, Communications, and Public Relations: Moderator, "The Current Status of Dental Schools Advancement Activities: A Review of the Outcome from the 1991 Dental Schools' Advancement Study."
LISTINGS (partial listings):
Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care. First edition (1997); Second edition (1998). New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who Inc.
Who's Who in Education. Fifth edition (1996). New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who Inc.
Who's Who in the West. Twenty-second edition (1990); Twenty third edition (1992); Twenty-fourth edition (1994); Twenty-fifth edition (1996). New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who Inc.
Who's Who in America. Golden Anniversary Fiftieth edition (1996) Fifty-first edition (1997); Fifty-second edition (1998); Fifty-third (1999); Fifty-fourth edition (2000). New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who Inc.
Who's Who in the World. Twelfth edition (1995); Thirteenth edition (1996); Fourteenth edition (1997); Fifteenth edition (1998); Sixteenth edition.
I have worked with former Congressman Edward R. Roybal and his office staff to help reduce disparities in access and health status of the elderly. I was involved with the political process on a national and statewide basis.
Moreover, I have been blessed with seven wonderful children, twelve beautiful grandchildren, two lovely Schnauzer pups, Hansel and Gretel, and a peaceful three-story beachfront home along the coast of Mexico where I have retired to continue my research on my family (Cortez/Flores) genealogy and recharge my spiritual life's batteries.
Based on my extensive research (documents/DNA), I am the thirteenth generation in what is now the USA and at long last, my family book is in its final draft of 605 pages, "MY ANCESTRAL FAMILY: The FLORES/CHAVES and The CORTEZ/GALLEGOS, Four of the First Families of New Mexico"
And so being the 13th generation in our country, my family story is not ending - with my grandchildren (15th generation) leading the way, it is the beginning of another generation cycle all over again.
"The Sun Will Never Set On My Beloved Family"
Frank Cortez Flores


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