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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.