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Learning Center Experience
Professor Sherry Grover, PhD, CHES spent 23 years working at a major
hospital in Texas in various business and professional roles. “I was inspired
to become a health
care educator after working in finance with health
care plans. I really wanted to help our patients—as well as our nation’s ailing
health care system. I felt that I could make a difference by educating and
empowering people to take charge of their health.”
In order to fulfill her vision of becoming a health care educator, Professor
Grover went back to college and earned her doctorate degree in health studies. She
also took on increased responsibilities as a health care educator at the
hospital, which included leading workshops on different health-related
In addition, Professor Grover started volunteering in the community and
developed, promoted, and held several workshops and health fairs on behalf of
the American Diabetes Association. These
successful events were conducted in community centers, businesses, and churches
and promoted interactive participation among the large number of attendees, who
were grateful to learn so much about their health and the health of their loved
During many of her workshops, Professor Grover was surprised to learn
that participants were frustrated that their physicians didn’t provide them with
any educational information on their conditions. She could understand their
plight. It seemed so simple and a fairly easy and economical aspect of a
patient’s treatment, yet she came to find that it was a reoccurring
phenomenon. Professor Grover decided to focus on this area of health
After gaining more experience at her job and through her community
workshops, Professor Grover turned to her true passion: teaching. She
felt she could reach more people with her health
and wellness message if she taught others how to design, develop, and implement
educational programs to help their own communities.
Professor Grover has now been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses
in health care education for Kaplan University for nearly 5 years.
She loves logging in to work with her students, which include nurses,
physicians, health coaches, and other health
Professor Grover places a strong focus on research in her classes, an
interest that was piqued while working at the hospital. “So many patients had life-threatening
health issues, especially diabetes, which could have been prevented. I looked
to my faith, and became interested in the concept that the church could help
with this national epidemic.”
Professor Grover learned that the American Diabetes Association had
modules already designed for churches. So, based on a biblical concept, she used the
modules to conduct research at churches throughout Houston. Her thesis was
Hosea 4:6 “My people perish for a lack of knowledge.” It was published in
the Proquest database, on Amazon.com (hard copy and Kindle version), in the
Health Education and Behavior Journal,
and on the US Department of Health website.
Professor Grover says her main goal as an instructor is to help
successfully guide her students through the course material and prepare them
for the exciting educational journey that lies ahead of them. “I have a great
passion and belief in keeping my students motivated by giving them the
individual attention they deserve. Whether it’s through an email or a phone
call, I try to be available whenever they need me. I feel that this one-on-one
focus really separates Kaplan
University from traditional colleges.”
In addition, Professor Grover noted, “Students need to know that their
performance as a health educator should be comparable to that of a physician. I
often ask them, ‘Would you like to be seen by a physician who passed a program
with an average grade? Would you like to be seen by a physician who determined
your health results based on personal information or one who has researched and
uses best practices?’ You can imagine everyone’s answer!”
Along with her teaching, Professor Grover also serves as a volunteer for
several health care associations. She is a former co-chair for the American
Diabetes Association and a current member of its leadership committee. She also
is a member of the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) and is on the
board of the 2013 Annual Meeting Planning Committee and a co-chair for the 2011
Professor Grover’s writing efforts include a current blog for the US
Department of Health and Human Services called “Fitness Your Way.” Her articles
also appear in the Health Education and
Behavior Journal as well as Diabetes
The views expressed in this article are solely those of the
author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University.
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