Duffy, Pam
Position Assistant Professor - Master of Public Health
Assistant Professor - Global health
Phone515-271-7811
Emailpam.duffy@dmu.edu
EducationDoctor of Philosophy in Education, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Masters of Education, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Bachelor of Science in P.T. and PT Certificate, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
CertificationsPhysical Therapy Licensure
Certified Professional Coder (CPC), American Academy of Professional Coders
Certified Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Association
Adult CPR/First Aid
Gerontology Certificate, Iowa State University
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Isernhagen Work Systems Functional Capacity Evaluations, Work Hardening, Functional Job Analysis, Pre-Work Screening.

Area of Expertise Teaching:

  • Overview of the US Health Care System
  • Introduction to the MPH Program and Graduate School
  • Foundations of Global Health
  • Global Health Partnerships, Policies and Practices
  • Roberts Rules of Order and Parliamentary Procedure
Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • Association of Accredited Public Health Programs
  • American Public Health Association
  • Iowa Public Health Association
  • Association of Clinicians for the Uninsured
  • Community-Campus Partnership for Health
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Orthopaedic Section
    • Section on Geriatrics
    • Education Section
    • Private Practice Section
    • Women’s Health Section
    • Section on Health Policy and Administration
  • American Institute of Parliamentarians
  • Health Volunteers Overseas
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
  • National Association of Parliamentarians
Service Community:

  • Plymouth Congregational Church, Des Moines, IA, Moderator, Board of Membership
  • Dallas County, Medical Reserve Corp, Adel, IA
  • Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry, Volunteer
  • Special Olympics Iowa, Ames, IA, FunFitness
  • Free Clinics of Iowa, Des Moines, IA, Board of Directors
  • Continuum of Care Board of Directors of Homeless Coordinating Council, Polk County Iowa, Higher Education Representative

Professional:

  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
    • Chapter
      Delegate to House of Delegates
      Student Conclave Speaker
    • Section APTA Service
      Orthopaedic Section, APTA, Board of Directors
    • Private Practice Section
      Publications Review Taskforce
  • Association of Accredited Public Health Programs, Executive Board
  • Iowa Department of Public Health, Public Health Evaluation Committee

University:

  • Learning Management System Advisory Taskforce
  • MPH Curriculum Committee
  • DMU Interprofessional Education Sub-committee representative for IPE-1 and IPE-2 for MPH and MHA programs
  • Research Mentor, Student Summer Research Program
  • DMU-MPH Representative to Association of Accredited Public Health Programs
  • College of Health Sciences Strategic Planning Committee, Member – Chair
  • Graduate Council, Chair and Member
  • Interprofessional Education DMU Forum Facilitator
  • Interprofessional Education, IPE-2 Sub-Committee
  • Faculty Organization Parliamentarian
  • Curriculum Management Applications Taskforce (CMAT)
  • Search Committee Chair, Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Faculty Advisor, Gay Straight Alliance Student Organization
  • University Faculty Organization Bylaws Committee
  • Global Health Learning Collaborative, Faculty Advisor
  • Heartland Global Health Consortium

Research

My three primary categories of research are 1. Effective methodology for teaching cultural competency skills to health professions students; 2. Health care disparities and access to health care and public health services, including delivering culturally sensitive care, to underserved populations; and 3. Measuring health care quality and efficiency.

 Past Research

2013 research

I am continuing work on immigrant and refugee health care access, student learning outcomes in Interprofessional Education, and adverse childhood events (ACEs) impact on adult health.

2011 research

I have three primary categories of research interest: 1. Effective methodology for teaching cultural competency skills to health professions students; 2. Delivering culturally sensitive care to underserved populations; and 3. Measuring health care quality and efficiency. In 2011, I am developing my research agenda, and interested in a literature review of tools to measure cultural competency and transformational learning, as well as surveying and studying micropopulations seeking health care services at free clinics in Iowa.

2010 research

I am researching changes in health professions students’ attitudes as a result of cultural diversity training as measured by the Global Perspective Inventory© with Dr. Yogesh Shah, DMU global health Initiatives. I am also collaborating with researchers from the University of Iowa (College of Public Health) and University of North Carolina (Sheps Center) on a comparison of direct access versus physician-referred physical therapy episodes of care.

Grant Awards

  • Duffy, P.A. (2011).  Des Moines University Iowa Osteopathic Educational Research (IOER-Research and Grants).  $9700.00 grant for “Pilot study of micro-populations in central Iowa and impact on public health services (working title)”
  • Duffy, P.A. (2011). Public Health Training for Oral Health Professionals (6 Modules).  In collaboration with the Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems. $5000.00 grant from Iowa Department of Public Health.

Grant Proposals

  • Duffy, P.A. (Project Director) & Geletta, S. (2013) 2013 Iowa ACEs Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Analysis and ReportingResponse to Request for Proposals by the Iowa ACEs Steering Committee of the Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines, IA.  Proposal selected as one of two finalist proposals.

Publications

Publications In Refereed Journals

  • McClinton, S. M., Flynn, T. W., Heiderscheit, B. C., McPoil, T. G., Pinto, D., Duffy, P. A.,  Bennett, J. D. Comparison of Usual Podiatric Care and Early Physical Therapy Intervention for Plantar Heel Pain: A Parallel-group Randomized Clinical Trial   Protocol. Trials. December, 2013.
  • Pendergast, Kleithermes, Freburger, & Duffy (2012). Claims-based Resource Utilization in Physical Therapy Care:  A Comparison of Physician-Referred and Direct Access.  Health Services Research, April 2012, 47 (2), pp. 633-654
  • Pendergast, Kleithermes, Freburger, & Duffy (2011). Claims-based Resource Utilization in Physical Therapy Care:  A Comparison of Physician-Referred and Direct Access. Published ahead of print, Health Services Research, September 23, 2011.

Invited Lectures

  • Duffy, P.A. (April 24, 2014) Implementation of the Affordable Care Act:  The Impact on Physical Therapy Practice? Iowa Physical Therapy Association 2014 Spring Conference. Ames, IA
  • Duffy, P.A. (April 15, 2014) Implementation of the Affordable Care Act:  What Impact has there been for Patients and Providers? Iowa Physician Assistant Society Spring CME Conference 2014. West Des Moines, IA
  • Duffy, P.A.  (April 20, 2013).  Global Health:  Exploring Opportunities.  Iowa Physical Therapy Association Student Conclave.  Ames, IA

Invited Reviewer Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved
  • Physical Therapy Journal

Invited Addresses–International

  • Pendergast, J. Kliethermes, S., & Duffy, P.A. Cost-effectiveness Study on Direct Access. Keynote Breakfast Address with co-authors. International Policy Summit on Direct Access and Advanced Scope of Practice October 24, 2009, National Harbor, MD.

Scientific And Professional Presentations

  • Duffy, P.A.  Immigrant and refugee health care in central Iowa and implications for public health: Provider, Patient, and Community Perspectives.  2014 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health. April 2, 2014, Ames, Iowa.
  • Duffy, P.A. (2012).  Comparison of health services use for physician-referred and direct access episodes of care in physical therapy.  APTA Insurance Forum, September 13, 2012, Hartford, CT.
  • Moore, J., & Duffy, P.A. (June 8, 2012).  Direct Access: A New Chapter for Patients, Payers, Physicians, and Physical Therapists (2 hours). APTA Annual Conference, Tampa, FLA.

Awards and honors

President’s Recognition Award, Des Moines University

Diversity Champion, Des Moines University Office of Multicultural Affairs

Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association

Lucy Blair Service Award of the American Physical Therapy Association

Olive Farr Distinguished Service Award of the Iowa Physical Association