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Florence J. Dallo

Associate Professor
Chair, Public & Environmental Wellness
Oakland University
United States of America


I am currently an Associate Professor of Wellness and Health Promotion in the School of Health Sciences at Oakland University. As a Chaldean (Iraqi Catholic) immigrant growing up in a racially and ethnically diverse community, I was curious why some individuals led healthy lives, while others did not. For my Master’s in Public Health thesis, I interviewed 130 Chaldean American women in Detroit to better understand the link between acculturation and blood pressure. After that experience, I knew my passion was to promote health and prevent disease in minority communities. After obtaining my PhD and completing a two-year Kellogg Health Disparities Post-Doctoral Fellowship, I began as an assistant professor at the University of Texas, School of Public Health in Dallas. During my three years in Dallas, and while teaching and mentoring students, I published several manuscripts, many related to the health of Arab and Chaldean-Americans. In 2006, I received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to analyze national data focusing on quality of health care among immigrants. In July 2009, I received a grant from the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research to analyze American Community Survey data to better understand disability status of Arab, Hispanic, and Asian Americans 65 years of age or older. In August 2012, I received a grant to explore the health of Arab and Chaldean Americans using Beaumont health data. Through all of these experiences, I have discovered that balance breeds happiness. Therefore, I treasure spending time with my family and hiking and running with my two dogs.

Research Interest

Arab American, Chaldean, health


  • Dallo FJ, Kindratt TB. Disparities in preventive health behaviors among non-Hispanic White men: heterogeneity among foreign-born Arab and European Americans. Am J Mens Health. 2015 Mar; 9(2): 124-31.

  • Dallo FJ, Kindratt TB. Disparities in vaccinations and cancer screening among U.S.- and foreignborn Arab and European American non-Hispanic White women. Womens Health Issues. 2015 Jan-Feb; 25(1): 56-62.

  • Dallo FJ, Ruterbusch JJ, Kirma JD, Schwartz K, Fakhouri M. A Health Profile of Arab Americans in Michigan: A Novel Approach to Using a Hospital Administrative Database. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Oct 15. [Epub ahead of print]

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