Jill E. Sherman, M.P.H.
Research Associate
Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext. 4359
Toll Free: 1-800-461-4030
Fax: 705-671-3876

I joined CRaNHR in January 2008. I have a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in international health and population studies, and after working for several years in the international arena, I returned to the USA and began doctoral work in Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There I worked as a research assistant on the AHRQ-sponsored Mountain Healthcare Accessibility Project, and later as a researcher for the National Center for Frontier Communities. I also occasionally provide GIS services to international health NGOs.

I have experience with a broad array of quantitative and qualitative methods, and my applied research interests can be broadly defined as geographies of health and health services (health services accessibility; spatial behaviour and activity space; health and human/environment interactions; urban/rural interactions), and the sociocultural dimensions of health and wellbeing. Theoretical interests include moral geography, political ecology and nature/society relations, and therapeutic landscapes. I recently completed a certificate in animal-assisted interventions in human health.

At CRaNHR, I serve as the project lead on the OPOP project, examining mental health service delivery models in northern Ontario, and contribute to other projects, including a study on trauma systems.

Journal Publications

Sherman, J.E. and T.L. Fetters (2007). "Confidentiality concerns with mapping survey data in reproductive health research." Studies in Family Planning 38(4): 309-321.

Gesler, W., J.E. Sherman, J. Spencer, T.A. Arcury, J.S. Preisser, and J. Perin (2006). "Exploring inequalities in health care coverage by degree of rurality in Western North Carolina." Southeastern Geographer 46(1): 97-120.

Arcury, T.A., W.M. Gesler, J.S. Preisser, J.E. Sherman, J. Spencer, and J. Perin (2005). "The effects of geography and spatial behavior on health care utilization among the residents of a rural region." Health Services Research 40(1): 135-155.

Sherman, J.E., J. Spencer, J.S. Preisser, W.M. Gesler, and T.A. Arcury (2005). "A suite of methods for representing activity space in a healthcare accessibility study." International Journal of Health Geographics 4 (Online): 24.

Arcury, T.A., J.S. Preisser, W.M. Gesler, and J.E. Sherman (2004). "Complementary and alternative medicine use among rural residents in western North Carolina." Complementary Health Practice Review 9(2): 93-102.

Gesler, W., T.A. Arcury, J. Preisser, J. Trevor, J.E. Sherman, and J. Spencer (2000-2001). "Access to care issues for health professionals in the mountain region of North Carolina." International Quarterly of Community Health Education 20(1): 83-102.

Kols, A.J., J.E. Sherman, and P.T. Piotrow (1999). "Ethical foundations of client-centered care in family planning." Journal of Women's Health 8(3): 303-312.

Kols, A.J. and J.E. Sherman (1998). "Family planning programs: Improving quality." Population Reports Series J, Number 47. Available:

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