Carolyn Beverly, M.D., M.P.H.

Beverly, Carolyn-54742
Assistant ProfessorMulticultural Affairs
Office Phone 515-271-7830
  • B.A., Biology, Wichita State University, 1977
  • M.D. Medicine and Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1981
  • M.P.H. and Preventive Medicine Residency, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, 1990
  • Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Board Certification, 1997
  • Military Service: United States Air Force, 1980-1986
  • Medical Licenses in Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas
  • Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Board Certification
Awards and honors
  • Appointed to serve as a Member of the Clinical Department of Family Medicine with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Inc.
  • Elected an active member of the Des Moines University Chapter of  The Alpha Eta Society, devoted to Scholarship in Allied Health
  • Boy Scout District Award of Merit recipient
Areas of Expertise

Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • Polk County Medical Society
  • Iowa Public Health Association
  • Physicians for a Violence Free Society, Charter Member
  • National Medical Association
  • Diplomat for the National Board of Medical Examiners

  • American Heart Association Metro Board
  • American Heart Association Go Red For Women Executive Leadership Committee
  • Presentations of the UCLA Anderson/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Institute Parent Training Guide: a program that teaches parents what to do when their children become ill, to parents on the Head Start Policy Council
  • Presentation for the African American Veterans’ Celebration Read-In at Forest Library, Des Moines, IA; “My Air Force Career”
  • Drake University Head Start Policy Council member
  • Drake University Head Start Health Advisory Board committee
  • Interviewed for Iowa Public Radio entitled, “Being African-American in Iowa,” followed by participation in a panel discussion on health, education and welfare of African-Americans in Iowa
  • Board of Directors: RAINBOW Center, (now called Passageway), President
  • Assisted in screening VA patrons and employees for diabetes at VA in Tuskegee, AL
  • Organized and conducted a bone marrow drive at IMMAWII
  • Taught the Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) to members at Passageway
  • Board Member: YMCA of Central Iowa; Des Moines, IA; also on the Marketing and Communications Committee


  • Panel member for DPT Cultural Diversity course
  • CHS Bylaws & Nominations Committee
  • Member of diverse university committee to address anxiety and depression among medical students
  • Facilitator for the Touching the Dream African American film
  • Educational Resource Committee
  • University Cultural Competency Committee
  • Assisted in organizing and participated as a panel member for a DMU student club activity addressing health care concerns in the African American community and how medical students could address them in a culturally appropriate manner
  • MPH Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Committee
  • Code of Conduct Committee
  • Faculty Welfare Committee
  • DMU Campus & Community Engagement Sub-Committee for the Presidential Inauguration
  • Faculty Leadership Committee
  • Trained as a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Site Visitor
  • University Facilities Committee
  • Council on Clinical Practice for the National Medical Association
  • Sub-committee for Criteria Five of the COM accreditation work
  • University ad-hoc Committee on Disaster Planning, Chair
  • COM Nominating Committee, Chair
  • COM Bylaws Committee
  • COM SPEC Committee
  • COM Curriculum Committee
  • Collaborated with two COM students to establish the first homeless outreach program at DMU
  • Developed and supervised the initial I’ll Make Me A World In Iowa (IMMAWII) Health Fair
  • Mobile Clinic Van Committee

Using the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)® and Clubhouse Model to educate faculty and students about mental illness and community based approaches to holistic treatment.

Past research

Implications of false positive Western Blot results for HIV testing.   Research focused on developing increased racial and ethnic diversity in Iowa’s physician workforce by working to recruit additional minority students and faculty to DMU. This work has natural possibilities for expanding these issues at all health care training institutions.

Hypertension screening project focused primarily on African American males that frequent certain local barber shops. Long-term planning is to expand screening locations as well as add additional screening opportunities, such as diabetes and elevated lipids.

As a public health professional, my research interests are very broad. I am interested in community participation research in which local neighborhoods identify their most pressing needs to correct. Diabetes, childhood obesity, the effects of micro aggressions and sustained cortisol release on acute and chronic health conditions are also research interests of mine.

Grant Awards/Participation

  • Principle Investigator:  Using the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) and Clubhouse Model to educate Faculty and Students about Mental Illness and Community-based Approaches to Holistic Treatment—2014
  • Co-Principle Investigator for a Polk County Betterment and American Heart Association Community Action grant to screen Des Moines African Americans for Hypertension: $13,500.00—2012-present
  • Lead Volunteer for American Heart Association “Get To Goal”™ grant for screening and education activities for hypertension among Des Moines African Americans: $7,300.00—2012-2013
  • Diversity Coordinator for the K-12 Recruitment Program Committee and the Cultural Competency & Health Literacy Content Committee for the DMU IA Basic Area Health Education Center Program grant—2007-2011


Publications in Progress

  • Ensuring a Diverse Physician Workforce; Data Regarding Population Needs and Physician Supply – journal article submitted to the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association—2013
  • Attitudes of Black and Hispanic DMU COM Students Regarding Their Significant Influences in Becoming Physicians—The Generational Passion Gap – journal article


  • Biomedical Science and Public Health oral abstract session


  • Cooking Demonstration and education on heart-healthy snacks for the American Heart Association at the Corinthian Church
  • Presented a lecture titled “Your Diet and Wellness: Good, Bad or Fantastic,” at the Central Area Boulé
    • Panel member for a discussion about the Affordable Health Care Act at the 120th Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association Scientific Session & National Medical Association Region V Conference
  • Presentation to 120th Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association Scientific Session & National Medical Association Region V Conference titled “What Do You Know about the Affordable Health Care Act?”
  • Guest MC at Creative Vision’s “Step N The Name of Heart” Step A Thon event. I gave a presentation titled “The Importance of Taking Responsibility for our own Health and the Outcomes of the Affordable Health Care Act.”
    • Lecture titled “Deep Venous Thrombus (DVT): Looks Just Like You and Me” presented to the annual PA Conference