Dr. Phyllisa Deroze

Writer, Health Humanities Expert, and Global Patient Advocate
Emerging as one of the most prolific writers on the representation of diabetes in African American literature and popular culture
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Article: I Didn’t Beat Diabetes, I Fight with It

Yesterday, someone wrote to me the following sentence. “I want you to tell me how to beat diabetes, like you.” This simple statement stopped me in my tracks because that’s not how I perceive it. Read more

Article: Black Maternal Health Week: A Movement in Motion

As an African American woman who has never met my paternal grandmother because she died from postpartum hemorrhaging, and as a mother who is writing this essay while recovering from my third postpartum reconstructive surgery to repair the preventable damage caused during the birth of my daughter, Read more

Article: The Role and Value of Ongoing and Peer Support in Diabetes Care and Education

Increasing attention is being given to the challenges and emotional toll of managing diabetes. This Perspectives in Practice details the specialty’s guiding documents for initial and ongoing support. It also defines various types of social support, including peer support, for optimal diabetes care. Read more

Article: From Denial to Acceptance: Black-ish Portrays a Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis Journey

Dre Johnson, the protagonist on the television series Black-ish, is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in season four. While the ninth episode, entitled “Sugar Daddy,” is another example of the award-winning sitcom’s exceptional ability to overlap comedy with serious topics relevant to African Americans,  Read more

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