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Programs & Education

ECRMC Diabetes Education Program in Imperial Valley

El Centro Health Education Courses

Diabetes is a lifelong condition, but one that does not need to cause serious disruption to your life. While there is no cure for diabetes at this time, there are several ways to prevent the disease from causing serious complications.

This program provides culturally appropriate patient education on diabetes management in English and Spanish. We help participants and their families learn how to manage diabetes and reduce health risks through:

  • Balanced diets
  • Exercise
  • How to accurately monitor blood sugar
  • Medication schedules
  • Techniques for managing diabetes symptoms
  • Overview of insulin – how it works, when to take it
  • And more

Program Overview

Who is eligible?

Anyone with Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes, and diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes.

What is offered at the Diabetes Education Program?

This service involves a series of diabetes educational courses that take place at the clinics. Service offers the following skills and training courses:


1.) Diabetes condition process and treatment options & Monitoring and using patient-generated health data (PGHD)
2.) Healthy eating & physical activity
3.) Medication and device usage
4.) Preventing, detecting, and treating acute and chronic complications
5.) Healthy coping with psychosocial issues and concerns; & problem solving

How long does this last?

Each course is from 1 to 2 hours of instruction and 30 minutes for initial assessment.

What is the cost to me?

Diabetes Education Service is covered by most major insurance carriers.

Why should I participate?

To be able carry out appropriate diabetes self care, reduce risk of complications and get the support needed to progressively adopt positive health self-care behavior changes that will assist you in staying healthy.

How do I join the program?

Ask your Primary Care Provider for a referral and call the ECRMC-Diabetes Education Services for an appointment. Diabetes Services is opened from 8:00 am-7:00 pm Monday to Thursday (closed on Friday).


To schedule an appointment please contact the Patient Access Center. Classes are led by Registered Nurse Lupe Heredia, a Nationally Certified Diabetes Educator.


Please visit our online calendar for upcoming classes.


For class information, email Guadalupe.Heredia@ecrmc.org or call us at 760.482.5000.