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Pat Gerrity

Patricia Gerrity


Professor Emerita


  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows
  • International Center for Health Leadership Development - University of Illinois, Chicago

11th Street
Graduate Nursing

215.762.4215 P
215.762.4542 F
1601 Cherry Street, Room 1073

Patricia Gerrity, PhD presently serves as Associate Dean for Community Programs at Drexel University’s College of Nursing & Health Professions. She focused her career on providing access to health care for underserved populations through the advancement of nurse-led health centers. Nationally known for her work in promoting health in diverse urban communities, and in trauma informed care, she received more than $23 million in grants from local, state and federal sources. She also serves as the director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, a nurse-led, federally qualified health center in North Philadelphia operating in partnership with the Family Practice & Counseling Network. In addition to improving the health status of community residents, the center serves as a site for research, education and practice for the college’s faculty and students.

Gerrity completed a prestigious three-year fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program where she conducted a leadership project to expand the health center into a healthy living center with a strong community-based health promotion component. From 1998-2000 she served as a fellow at the International Center for Health Leadership Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she explored the redirection of health professions education and health services through academic- community partnerships for health.


Community Health Nursing

Research Interests:

Trauma informed care, health access, social determinants of health and social participation in health community.

Academic Distinctions:

  • White House Champions of Change - Prevention & Public Health, 2013
  • Roosevelt Award for Service to Humanity - presented by the March of Dimes on November 16, 2012
  • Nursing Spectrum Excellence Awards - National Nurse of the Year Award for Advancing & Leading the Profession, October 2010
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Outstanding Alumni Award, May 15, 2009
  • American Academy of Nursing - Edge Runner - 2007 "As part of Raise the Voice!, the Academy is showcasing stories of nurse 'Edge Runners' - the practical innovators who have led the way in bringing new thinking and new methods to a wide range of health care challenges."
  • Health Resources & Services Administration - Community Service Excellence Award 2000.

Professional Society:

American Academy of Nursing
American Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau
American Public Health Association