Dr. Phyllisa Deroze is a professor of American Literature with special interest in the intersections between literature, feminism, and health. A former Fulbright Scholar, she writes professionally about Type 2 diabetes for academic and mainstream audiences. After being diagnosed with Type 2 in 2011, she noticed that there was a lack of culturally competent information for African Americans and started blogging at DiagnosedNotDefeated.com and founded Black Diabetic Info to fill the gap. Annually, Phyllisa offers free diabetes management classes to members of 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 among underrepresented groups in America and abroad.
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