Community Education


The Morongo Basin Healthcare District is pleased to present education and support programs to improve the health and wellness of our residents.


This Diabetes Prevention Program has been awarded full recognition by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the delivery of a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the CDC standards for recognition, and for demonstrating a successful lifestyle change program in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

The goal of the program is to help participants build new, healthy habits while lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes. Students will learn to track food eaten and activity levels, set and meet goals, eat well, become more active, how to shop and cook healthy, how to cope with triggers, manage stress, eat well away from home, manage sleep patterns and more.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and qualify for the program with indicators of prediabetes such as being overweight (body mass index greater than 25 or 23 if Asian); have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or 2 diabetes; have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year; or have been previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes. CLICK HERE to determine if you may qualify for this program.

The year-long program meets:

  • Weekly for four months
  • Every other week for two months
  • Then monthly for six months
"For participants, group sessions reinforce that they are not alone in their journey toward a healthier lifestyle," says Kathy Alkire, RN, Community Health Education Manager. "It's helpful to hear how others overcome issues with food and sedantary lifestyles. This program teaches them how to think differntly about choices which results in health benefits and prevents type 2 diabetes."

Registration is required to participate in the program. Contact Kathy Alkire, RN, program manager, to discuss your participation.

  • By phone: 760-820-9223
  • or by email: