My Diabetes Connect

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About Us

Welcome to My Diabetes Connect: Your guide to living life with diabetes. is a website designed to link individuals affected by diabetes to local Birmingham and Jefferson County resources in order to promote healthy living and diabetes essay writer site management.

We need your help to continue to add resources and keep the information current, so please click “Add a resource” to update or add new resources!

Who are “we”?

Meet your team who is constantly working to keep resources at your fingertips! We’re lucky to partner with
Cities for Life (CfL) and the University of Alabama’s Diabetes Research and Training Center, who have provided support to make this website possible.

Cities for Life is a diabetes management pilot program led by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation with support from Sanofi US. The program is linking Birmingham residents to existing programs and services that can help people live healthier lifestyles, reduce the risk of and essay writing service site encourage management of their diabetes. For more information about Cities for Life, please visit the AAFP Foundation website.

 The “behind the scenes” team includes:

Dr. Andrea Cherrington

Dr. Andrea Cherrington is an Associate Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Division of Preventive Medicine. She attended medical school at Vanderbilt University and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Her research focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating community-based interventions to improve the outcomes of underserved populations at high risk for developing chronic disease specifically diabetes.





April Agne


April Agne is the Program Manager of the Diabetes Connect project and manages She completed her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Agne received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Fluent in Spanish, conversational in Portuguese, and with a passion for teaching, her research focuses on using health behavior (lifestyle modification) to improve the health outcomes of minority populations at high risk for developing chronic diseases.




Debby LaCruz

Janet Turman

Janet Turman and Debby LaCruz are members of the Cities for Life board in Birmingham, AL. They have worked diligently to collect resources from all over Jefferson County. Mrs. Turman works as a Research Specialist and Recruitment Coordinator in the UAB’s Division of Preventive Medicine. She has worked with participants living with diabetes and their families for about 10 years. Ms. LaCruz coordinates a diabetes prevention program for the Birmingham YMCA.





Tanya Shelton is a registered nurse and a Certified Diabetes Educator at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital (CGMH) where she leads all ongoing diabetes education. Mrs. Shelton has been working in diabetes education for over five years. Under her direction, CGMH’s diabetes education program has become an American Diabetes Association recognized program.







Rebecca Honaker

 Rebecca Honaker is Graduate Research Assistant for Diabetes Connect and helps to manage She completed her undergraduate degree at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she was recently named a Sparkman Fellow for excellence in global health. Ms. Honaker is passionate about improving health outcomes by changing behavior and reducing disparities.







John Shelley

John Shelley


John Shelley is an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Diabetes Connect project. He is currently attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham, completing an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in the Social Determinants of Health. He hopes to one day attend medical school and pursue his interests in community health and chronic disease prevention.










Alessandra Joseph

Alessandra Joseph

Alessandra Joseph is an Undergraduate Assistant for the Diabetes Connect project. She currently attends school at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Her plans for the future are to attend medical school and hopefully become a psychiatrist.