Phyllisa DerozePatient Advocate
Phyllisa Deroze is a prominent online health advocate for Type 2 diabetes and a professor of American Literature with a special interest in the connections between literature, feminism, and health. 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 in 2011, she noticed that there was a lack of culturally competent information for African Americans and started blogging at DiagnosedNotDefeated.com and BlackDiabeticInfo.com to fill the gap. Phyllisa is 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 among underrepresented groups.