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Oregon/Portland Professor Receives 2017 Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership

The Gary L. Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership Selection Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Sherril B. Gelmon, professor of public health and director, health systems and policy PhD program, Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health. Dr. Gelmon will be presented with the Prize at the AUPHA Annual Meeting this June in Long Beach, California.

Dr. Gelmon was nominated by Dr. Neal Wallace, professor of health systems management and policy, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and her nomination was endorsed by numerous others. In response to her selection, Dr. Wallace said, “The Gary L. Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership is a fitting tribute to Dr. Sherril Gelmon’s extensive influence on the field of health management education locally, nationally, and internationally. I’m honored to have been able to nominate such a great colleague and friend.”

Dr. Gelmon earned a Diploma in Physiotherapy from the University of Saskatchewan, her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, and her Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her early professional career included health planning/evaluation consulting with Woods Gordon Management Consultants and as a staff physiotherapist in Canada. From 1988 to 1994, she was the executive director of the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (ACEHSA) and director of academic affairs for AUPHA. She joined Portland State University as associate professor of public health in 1994.  From 1995-2000, she was a senior fellow with the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California at San Francisco, and directed the Task Force on Accreditation of Health Professions Education for the Pew Commission on the Health Professions. She served as coordinator of the statewide Oregon Masters of Public Health program from 1998 to 2000, was coordinator of the masters programs in health management at Portland State University from 2000 to 2008, and chaired the Division of Public Administration at PSU from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Gelmon’s teaching responsibilities are in health systems management and policy in the MPH and PhD programs. Her research focuses on community health improvement, health professions education, and community-university engagement. She is a senior consultant with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health.

She was founding chair of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors in 1993, and the founding chair of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement in 2006. She has served on the boards of the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada, the Susan G. Komen Foundation Affiliates, and the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health.

“I am so thrilled with this recognition — Gary Filerman is the person who recruited me from Canada to the U.S. and a position at AUPHA and ACEHSA in 1988, and he was substantially responsible for much of my early professional development as a health administration educator. It is truly an honor to receive this award from AUPHA — for the recognition from my peers, for the support of my nominators, as a past AUPHA senior staff member, and most importantly for the person it is named for who has been very important to me as a mentor and a friend. Gary introduced me to many key people and propelled me into many projects with HRSA, IHI, the accreditation community, and the other health professions education associations — and I retain those connections today, for which I am grateful,” Dr. Gelmon said, upon receiving the news that she was the 2017 Filerman Prize recipient.

Nominations for the 2018 Filerman Prize will be solicited in the fall and winter for submissions by early 2018. The Prize recognizes individuals from AUPHA member programs who have made outstanding contributions to the field of health administration education, who have exhibited leadership in the field, and who have enriched their institutions, their students, and health administration education through their work.For additional information, visit AUPHA’s web site.