Lisa Mulcahy

Targeting Diabetes Care in Underserved, Underresourced Areas

Sherry Phillips lives in a food desert. The 63-year-old resident of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood is one of approximately 13.5 million Americans who live in urban areas with few grocers. Because of this, residents are forced to buy highly processed, expensive food from convenience stores, or to rely on fast-food restaurants. The inability to buy items like fresh produce puts residents at higher risk for diseases like diabetes.

Phillips, however, has been able to reduce her health risk, thanks to Dion’s Chicago Dream, an organization that delivers healthy food to residents of underresourced areas in the city.