Professor, Associate Dean for Community Programs
Division of Graduate Nursing
Bellet Building, Rm. 225
Dr. Patricia Gerrity 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-managed health centers. Nationally known for her work in promoting health in diverse urban communities, she received more than $15 million in grants from local, state and federal sources, including HRSA, the PA State Department of Health, the Independence Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. She also serves as the Director of the Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, a nurse managed, federally qualified health center in North Philadelphia. 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.
Dr. 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. A Co-founder of the National Nursing Centers Consortium, she served as both a grant reviewer and consultant for nurse-managed health centers initiatives. As a result of her eight-year affiliation with the Health Care Improvement Leadership Development Center- at Dartmouth Medical School, she developed expertise in both interdisciplinary teaching and research in quality improvement.
Dr. Gerrity earned a PhD in Health Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning; a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing in 1995, she was named an “Edge Runner” by the Academy in 2008.