Sherell McDearmon is a seasoned Policy and Advocacy expert with over 20 years’ experience championing issues related to health disparities, access to care, social detriments of health and policy. Currently, she is an Associate Director Strategic Alliance Lead at Bristol-Myers Squibb, covering the west region. In this role, she is responsible for mobilizing engagement to advance public policy, focused on patient protections such as utilization management, patient affordability and access to care. Additionally, she serves as a liaison between BMS and policy-focused individuals representing key patient, provider, trade and legislative organizations, building effective coalitions and strategic partnerships to positively shape the public policy environment.
Sherell has also been appointed to the BMS Health Equity core team, which is focused on developing an enterprise- wide health equity strategy and action plan that will drive an inclusive culture. Additionally, she is working on both the Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD) and BMS Network of Women (B-Now), which are part of the Global Diversity and Inclusion People, Business and Resource Groups (PBRG) on projects focused on strengthening diversity and inclusion, health disparities, as well as targeted COVID-19 outreach in communities of color.
Sherell has a depth of experience and in her 17 years at Bristol Myers Squibb, she has advanced through numerous roles of increasing responsibility, where she has made many contributions. Prior to joining BMS, Sherell served as Director of Primary Care at the Chicago Department of Public Health where she worked to address health disparities, prevention and care, and health policy.
Sherell holds a Master of Public Administration and Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Business Administration both from Eastern Illinois University.