About Care Matters, Inc™Connecting people affected by diabetes worldwide
A message from our founder, Dr. Cori B. Cooper
Welcome to Care Matters, Inc™!
You are about to be a part of an organization that helps people affected by diabetes unlike any other organization in the world. I’m not saying that because I have helped thousands of people with diabetes, I’m saying that because Care Matters, Inc™ came from a place of innocence and pure love for family and started before I even knew what diabetes was….
I have always had a passion for helping people with diabetes, but not because I saw a need or because I live in the South where almost everyone either has diabetes or prediabetes. My passion started at a young age when I was old enough to realize I would never meet my grandfather because he died from diabetes complications before I was even born. I would hear stories of what a great man he was and how he loved his family and my mother would often tell me, “Oh your grandfather would have loved you so much.”
I could see the look of distance and pain in her eyes and I remember thinking, well that’s not fair, I’m sure I would have loved him too.
So there it began, my wondering what the heck was diabetes and what I could do about it.
“I’m going to be a doctor”, I would say, “and cure all illness worldwide for free.”
My parents would laugh and called me their little philanthropist. I always wanted to just give everything away, recognizing at even an early age, some things people should just have a right to. Along the road to saving the world, I also learned I had a passion for teaching. I would line up my stuffed animals and teach to them all day, taking breaks only for “lunch” and “recess”. As I grew up, the world would teach me that I had to pick one, was I going to be doctor or teacher?
Later as more of my loved ones would continue to be affected by diabetes, my grandmother, my uncles, my aunts, my mother, my passion grew and I knew it was time. Fortunately, over my lifetime, I’ve had great mentors who along with my parents said, you know what, you can do anything you want. Whatever you can dream up, with hard work, one day, you will have it. And more or less 30 years later, here it is. My silly dream started so long ago, my continued passion, and my two loves combined….
Let me personally welcome you again to Care Matters, Inc™, a non-profit company that provides free education to people affected by diabetes worldwide.
Dream with me….
Dr. Cori Brock Cooper
Meet the Care Matters, Inc™ Board of Directors
Dr. Cori B. Cooper
Founder, Board Chair, Executive Director
Dr. Cori Cooper is a pharmacist and leading diabetes prevention and education expert. She founded Care Matters, Inc™, a non-profit organization, to prevent diabetes with realistic strategies rooted in current evidence, educate women with diabetes on their unique diabetes management options, and increase access to diabetes care across the globe. She travels to diabetes meetings worldwide and meets with the world’s leading experts to bring the most cutting edge research to her members. Dr. Cooper firmly believes there is no one way to treat diabetes and that empowering women builds the capacity of communities to help one another and expands the boundaries of service.
Dr. Andrea Cherrington
Dr. Andrea Cherrington is a physician trained in health services research and community-based participatory research methods. Her research focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating community-based interventions to promote weight loss and improve the outcomes of disadvantaged populations at high risk for developing chronic disease, specifically diabetes. After completing Internal Medicine residency training in 2003, she went to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar’s Program (CSP) where she also obtained an MPH from the UNC School of Public Health. Following the CSP, she obtained funding for a third year of fellowship through an NRSA T32 mechanism. In 2006, she returned to Alabama as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama (UAB). She has received funding for her research through pilot grants from the UAB Minority Health and Research Center, the UAB Clinical Nutrition Research Center and the UAB Diabetes Research and Training Centers. In keeping with her research interests, she has a continuity clinic two half days per week within Cooper Green Health System, the county’s safety net hospital system.
Dr. A. Amy Davies Shabazz
Dr. Affivia Amy Davies Shabazz graduated from the University of South Carolina at Columbia receiving a Doctorate in Nursing Science and Masters of Science in Nursing. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from North Carolina Central University. She is a board certified Acute Care and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare including, but not limited to ER, Urgent Care, Internal Medicine and the ICU. She is currently a Senior Associate Director at a major pharmaceutical company in the Medical Affairs Department where she focuses on cardiovascular and diabetes research. Dr. Shabazz is also the owner of ADS Professional Nurse Consultants in which she provides consultation services to community health care organizations. In this role she assists organizations in meeting their educational goals and objectives for health care providers and patients by performing needs assessment and creating and developing treatment protocols. In addition, she maintains a palliative care practice for patients in hospice.
Affivia is active in her community using her talents and experience in providing care to uninsured patients at community health fairs that include free blood pressure and diabetes screenings.
Carolyn E. Lewis has 38 years of experience in the world of business, tax law, finance, auditing and real estate. She retired with honors, after 38 years of distinguished service, from Internal Revenue (IRS) Service in February 2012 as a Senior Manager, Local Taxpayer Advocate. At the IRS she was responsible for managing the Taxpayer Advocate Program, which ensures the Service’s policies, processes and procedures protect the rights granted to 2.3 million Louisiana taxpayers. She is the recipient of the National Taxpayer Advocate Award for her dedication to re-establishing advocate service for her employees and the taxpayers of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
Ms. Lewis earned her BA at Xavier University in Secondary Education and her MA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix Louisiana Campus. She holds a Louisiana Real Estate License and served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Phoenix Louisiana Campus. She has developed/conducted numerous finance workshops for young girls, community taxpayers and tax practitioners on finance and income tax throughout the US and abroad.
She is involved in numerous community service organizations and currently serves as: National Treasurer, Treasurer of The Links Incorporated and The Links Foundation Incorporated, and also serves as the President of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
A native of Opelousas, Louisiana, Centrell Alfred-Ewell is a devoted educator for whom volunteerism is a part of her daily life. Centrell obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and continued her education at the University of New Orleans where she obtained a Masters in Special Education. Since graduating, Centrell has pursued one career – teaching. She is currently a hospital-homebound teacher with the Jefferson Parish Public Schools where she has been employed for 31 of her 34 years teaching.
Centrell devotes countless hours giving back to her community. She advocates for and mentors women and girls. Because of her family’s history of diabetes, she also advocates for young people with diabetes. Among the many organizations Centrell is associated with are Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, The Links, Incorporated, Park Place Homeowners Association, and Jefferson Federation of Teachers.
Denise M. Cooper, Esq.
Denise M. Cooper is a native of Savannah, Georgia and a solo practitioner at Cooper Law, PC. Attorney Cooper is a graduate of Spelman College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
An avid volunteer, Attorney Cooper is engaged with various community organizations – State Bar of Georgia; Court Appointed Special Advocates; Savannah Bar Association; Port City Bar Association; Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, High School Mock Trial; Savannah Chatham County Public School System; King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation; and Leadership Savannah graduate.
Additionally, Attorney Cooper is a member of Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Savannah (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, National Alumnae Association of Spelman, and Junior League of Savannah. Attorney Cooper serves as a Trustee and is Director of the Board of Christian Education at St. Paul CME Church.
Lincoln Stephens is a former Advertising Account Management Executive turned activist, muckraker and social entrepreneur, having founded the Marcus Graham Project, a non-profit focused on bringing more diversity to the advertising industry through mentorship, exposure and career development.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Lincoln is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received a Bachelor’s in Journalism with a focus in Strategic Communications and recently completed his Master’s Degree in Entertainment Business at Full Sail University.
Lincoln has been acclaimed as one of Advertising Age’s top 40 marketing leaders under 40, Ebony Magazine’s top entrepreneurs under 34, the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award and a 2015 AT&T Game Changer.
Lincoln most recently was honored with the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in the Media Industry.
Care Matters, Inc™ is a community based organization committed to the education of people affected by diabetes by increasing access to evidence based education resources and empowering communities to care for each other.
Care Matters, Inc™ fosters community engagement and empowerment. No community worldwide will be without diabetes prevention and education resources.
All people should have access to diabetes prevention and education resources regardless of race, ability to pay, or location.
Education should be current and cutting edge.
Education should be continuous and available when people need it wherever they are located (i.e.) community engagement.
Education should build the capacity of people to care for themselves and others (i.e.) community empowerment.