Florence J. Dallo, Ph.D., is currently an assistant professor of Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention in the School of Health Sciences at Oakland University. As a Chaldean (Iraqi Catholic) immigrant growing up in a racially and ethnically diverse community, she was curious why some individuals led healthy lives, while others did not. For her master’s in public health thesis, she interviewed 130 Chaldean-American women in Detroit to better understand the link between acculturation and blood pressure. After that experience, Dallo knew her passion was to promote health and prevent disease in minority communities. After obtaining her Ph.D. and completing a two-year Kellogg Health Disparities Post-Doctoral Fellowship, she began as an assistant professor at the University of Texas, School of Public Health in Dallas. During her three years in Dallas, and while teaching and mentoring students, she published several manuscripts, many related to the health of Arab and Chaldean Americans. In 2006, she received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to analyze national data focusing on quality of health care among immigrants. In July 2009, Dallo received a grant from the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research to analyze American Community Survey data to better understand the disability status of Arab, Hispanic and Asian Americans 65 years of age or older.
Although racial and ethnic disparities in health care have been well documented in the literature, scant attention has been paid to health care received by the foreign-born population in the United States. This study examines the association between patient perceptions of patient-physician interaction and nativity status. Data were extracted from the Commonwealth Fund 2001 Survey on Disparities in Quality of Health Care. The survey was conducted on the phone and consisted of 25-minute interviews with a nationally representative sample of 6,722 adults — 5,156 were born in the United States and 1,518 were foreign-born.
My New Connections Experience
It has meant a lifelong relationship with NC staff, alumni, and current scholars. I feel like these are individuals with whom I can collaborate with for a long time to come.
My research interest encompasses Arab and Chaldean (Catholic Iraqi) American health. More specifically, I seek to understand and explore avenues by which to make this group more “visible”. Although individuals from the Middle East have received increased attention due to events in the Middle East, there is a dearth of research focused on their health and disease status; their experiences with and the quality of health care they receive; their health behaviors; and policy issues. One of the reasons we lack important health data on this group is they are classified as “white” according to the Office of Management and Budget. My long term research goal is to develop specific ethnic identifiers for Arab and Chaldean Americans to be included on hospital forms, death certificates, and other surveys at the local level. Eventually, I hope to spread this model to other U.S. institutions. My peripheral interests focus on issues related to diabetes screening and prevention.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2006
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Quality/Equality
- Project Name: Nativity Status and Patient Perceptions of the Patient-Physician Encounter.