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.
The ECRMC Diabetes Education Program, a Diabetes Self-Management Education
and Support Program recognized by the American Diabetes Association, 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
- 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
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
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 opens from 8:00
am-7:00 pm Monday to Thursday (closed on Friday).