Florence J. Dallo, Ph.D., M.P.H.


Florence J. Dallo is an Assistant Professor of Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and her doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dallo is a 2004-2006 alumna of the W.K. Kellogg postdoctoral program at the University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research.

Research Interests & Projects

As a Chaldean (Iraqi Catholic) immigrant growing up in a racially and ethnically diverse community, Dallo has always been interested in health disparities among Chaldeans and other Arab Americans. Because Chaldeans are an ethnic minority and immigrant group classified as “non-Hispanic white” by the U.S. government, variations in their health status are masked under the white category. Dallo’s efforts to overcome this limitation date back to work on her master’s thesis in 1998. She has over 12 years of experience in collaborating with others on community-based projects and analyzing secondary data using the “ancestry” question in the U.S. Census and the “place of birth” question in the National Health Interview Survey to identify and disseminate important health information about this group. Her research demonstrates that morbidity (such as hypertension, disability, heart disease, and diabetes) and mortality rates are higher for Arab Americans than for other non-Hispanic whites and minorities. Based on these findings, her long-term goals are to begin collecting primary, quantitative, and qualitative data both in Michigan and other states with large Arab and Chaldean American populations to better understand the many reasons contributing to the high burden of disease. In terms of policy, this would mean inclusion of an ethnic identifier for Arab and Chaldean Americans on vital statistics, hospital, and other forms.

Contact Information: dallo@oakland.edu


Dallo, F.J. and James, S.A. (2000) Acculturation and Blood Pressure in a Community Based Sample of Chaldean-American Women. Journal of Immigrant Health 2:145-154.

Dallo, F.J. and Weller, S.C. (2003) Effectiveness of Diabetes Mellitus Screening Recommendations. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 100:10574-10579.

Dallo, F.J. and Borrell, L.N. (2006) Self-Reported Diabetes and Hypertension Among Arab Americans in the United States. Ethnicity & Disease 16:699-705.

Dallo, F.J., Borrell, L.N., and Williams, S.L. (2008) Nativity Status and Patient Perceptions of the Patient-Physician Encounter: Results from the Commonwealth Fund 2001 Survey on Disparities in Quality of Health Care. Medical Care 46:185-191.

Dallo, F.J., Ajrouch, K., and Al-Snih, S. (2008) The ancestry question and ethnic heterogeneity: The case of Arab Americans. International Migration Review 42:505-517.

Dallo, F.J., Al Snih, S., Ajrouch, K. (2009) The Prevalence of Disability among US- and Foreign-Born Arab Americans: Results from the 2000 U.S. Census. International Journal of Experimental, Clinical, and Behavioural Gerontology 55:153-161.

Dallo, F.J., Zakar T., Borrell L.N., Fakhouri M., Jamil H. (2011) Cancer Knowledge Increases After a Brief Intervention Among Arab Americans in Michigan. Journal of Cancer Education 26:139-146.