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Patricia Gerrity, PhD

Professor, Associate Dean for Community Programs; Director, 11th Street Family Health Services

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Expertise:

community

health

nursing

Gerrity is nationally known for her work in promoting health in diverse urban communities. Her career is focused on providing access to health care for underserved populations through the advancement of nurse-managed health centers.

Gerrity founded and directs the 11th Street Family Health Services, whose comprehensive patient-centered approach to health has developed over nearly two decades of Drexel nursing and health professions faculty working in partnership with members of a low-income community at the center of four public housing developments. The nurse-run center, undergoing an expansion to be complete in fall 2015, is now known as the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center.  The center and Gerrity have been recognized for innovation and for providing a national model of integrated primary care by organizations including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing.

More information about Gerrity

For news media inquiries, contact Lauren Ingeno at lmi@drexel.edu or 215.895.2614.

In the News

  • Creating a Culture of Health and Wellness in the Community

    John Kirby, director of community health at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Health Services of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was featured in the Independence Blue Cross Journal of Change in a piece about his career authored by Patricia Gerrity, PhD, director at 11th Street.

  • North Philly-Based Center Expands Dental Services

    Patricia Gerrity, PhD, a professor and associate dean for community programs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Dec. 22 Philadelphia Tribune story about the expansion of dental services at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services. 

  • The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center was featured in a Dec. 20 Philadelphia Inquirer story about its art therapy program. The story quoted Center Director Patricia Gerrity, PhD, a professor and associate dean for community programs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions; Lindsay Edwards, associate dean for community health in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and 11th Street’s director of creative arts therapy; Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health; and Daniel Taylor, MD, an associate professor in the College of Medicine and director of community pediatrics and child advocacy at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

  • North Philly Farmers' Market Offers Fresh Food, Holistic Wellness, Community

    Patricia Gerrity, PhD, a professor and associate dean for community programs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story on July 23 about the variety of health-related and community-focused programming at the Common Ground Market at a North Philadelphia synagogue. The expansion of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center, which Gerrity directs, was mentioned, as was the center’s use of innovative mental-health screening technology.

  • To Head Off Trauma's Legacy, Start Young

    Patricia Gerrity, PhD, a professor and associate dean for community programs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in an NPR “All Things Considered” story on March 9 about how health care providers can provide early intervention and services for families whose health may be affected by trauma. The work of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services was featured.

  • Voting in Round 4 of the Health Hero Challenge Semifinals Is Now Open!

    Patricia Gerrity, PhD, a professor and associate dean for community programs and director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was mentioned on Philadelphia magazine’s “Be Well Philly” blog on Oct. 28 about her nomination as a “Health Hero” semifinalist. Voting is open for her in the semifinal round on a daily basis through Nov. 3.

  • Meet a Health Hero: Patty Gerrity

    Patricia Gerrity, PhD, a professor and associate dean for community programs and director of 11th Street Family Health Services in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was featured in a story on Philadelphia Magazine’s “Be Well Philly” blog about her work in health that has led to her nomination as a “Health Hero” semifinalist.

  • THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FOR YOU

    Jennifer Warshaw, health educator at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was interviewed on a WPVI-TV (6-abc) segment on July 9 featuring the center’s nutrition education class and tips for eating more fruits and vegetables.

  • Shellers pay it forward, help to expand Drexel facility in North Philly

    The expansion of Drexel’s 11th Street health center in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and its renaming as the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center were featured on WPVI-TV (6-abc) on June 6 and in the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 9.

  • Drexel health center to double in size

    The expansion of Drexel’s 11th Street Family Health Services was featured in stories on KYW-TV (CBS-3) and in the Philadelphia Business Journal on April 30. Patricia Gerrity, PhD, a professor and associate dean for community programs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and director of the center, was quoted. The expanded center will be renamed the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center.

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