Phyllisa Deroze

Type 2 Diabetes Community Advocate Phyllisa DerozePhyllisa Deroze is a prominent online patient advocate for type 2 diabetes and a professor of American Literature with interest in feminism, disability studies, drama, and foodways. She is a Fulbright Scholar Alumna who enjoys writing professionally about type 2 diabetes for academic and mainstream audiences. After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2011, she noticed that there was a lack of culturally competent information for African Americans and started blogging at ‪DiagnosedNotDefeated.com and founded BlackDiabeticInfo.com, in 2012, to fill the gap. Phyllisa is a dynamic speaker and health motivator who offers free diabetes workshops annually in her hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida as a part of her commitment to community outreach. She is currently working on a project that examines the connections between food, culture, and type 2 diabetes. She’s passionate about educating others, laughing, writing, and completing fifty 5k races (finished 20 and counting). Follow her on Facebook, YouTube, or instagram and on Twitter.

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