Felicia Camille Hill-Briggs, a renowned diabetes behavioral scientist who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 9, passed away in June 2023 from ovarian cancer. Her lifetime achievements were remarkable. To honor her work and to continue her legacy of evidence-based diabetes research and care for marginalized communities, an endowment fund has been established to receive donations that will establish the Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs Health Equity Trailblazers in Diabetes Award. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to $100,000 so that the award will be given annually, in perpetuity.
“She managed the diabetes so well you would not have known her condition,” said her sister, Talmira Hill DeLena. “She then devoted her medical career to improving the health and well-being of those in need. She was fiercely independent and a leader with a profound feminine warrior spirit.”
The late Dr. Hill-Briggs served as the 2018 President of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for Health Care and Education and formerly served on the ADA Board of Directors. Dr. Hill-Briggs was the author of more than 80 scientific publications and spoke at national and international academic gatherings. She was celebrated during her lifetime for her professional and community activities in diabetes prevention and care, particularly for minoritized communities.
The Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs Health Equity Trailblazers in Diabetes Award will honor her legacy by recognizing outstanding diabetes professionals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have made significant contributions to diabetes research, clinical care, public health, education, and/or related area.
Her legacy continues beyond her lifetime to make life better for people living with diabetes. We greatly appreciate your interest in this special endowment in Felicia’s honor.