Diabetes Management Program

This Diabetes Management Program is an award-winning program – recognized by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy – as a model diabetic education program. It combines an “all in one” approach to diabetic education through the inclusion of patient education, group support, sustained engagement and follow-up with participants.

Considered a lifestyle coaching program for individuals diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, education includes medical and nutritional information with ongoing support to promote improved health outcomes.

This program empowers patients to care for their health through disease self-management activities. This has led to productive interactions during office visits, classroom time and follow-up phone calls.

Patients are taught self-care disease management through educational sessions, informational materials, social media, community resources collaboration, referrals and exam room computers to improve functional and clinical outcomes.

Through managing their diet, physical activity and diabetes health – the first cohort (January 2018) yielded significant improvement in collected data.

Register by calling Kathy Alkire, RN, at 760-365-9305 or by emailing

Diabetes Prevention Program

This Diabetes Prevention Program has been awarded full recognition by the Centers 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 diabetes. 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, how to manage stress, ways to modify your diet so you can eat well away from home and managing sleep patterns.

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.

The year-long program meets:

  • Weekly for four months
  • Every other week for two months
  • Then monthly for six months

Registration is required to participate in the program. Contact Kathy Alkire, RN, Program Manager, to assess whether or not you qualify and how to participate by calling 760-365-9305 or emailing

Other Education

Morongo Basin Healthcare District offers a variety of health education initiatives throughout the year. To learn more, visit our Events Calendar or email our team