South Texas Diabetes Program Directory

To register for the South Texas Directory please submit information through The Diabetes Care Project online submission form.

Bienestar Program (Social Health Research Center (SHRC))


Description: The SHRC operates The Bienestar Health Program in San Antonio, TX low-income neighborhoods. The Bienestar Health Program is a bilingual school-based health program that aims to decrease dietary fat, to increase physical fitness levels, to prevent obesity, and to prevent diabetes. The program is research-based and implements kindergarten through eighth grade learning activities from a Social Cognitive Theory.

Contact Number: 866-676-7472

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DEEP (Diabetes Empowerment Education Program)


Description: In a curriculum designed by the Midwest Latino Health Research and Policy Center (MLHRC). The program seeks “to provide community residents with the tools to better manage their diabetes in order to reduce complications and lead healthier, longer lives. Based on principles of empowerment and adult education, DEEP has two components. The Training of Trainers Program is a twenty-hour workshop to train community health workers (promotoras , lay health educators, lay health promoters) on providing diabetes education to members of their community.” One organization that implemented the program in Texas is the Migrant Health Promotion (outlined later on in the report)

Doctors Hospital Renaissance Hospital


Description: In the past the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance has conducted diabetes education classes. The Doctors Hospital “is a full service medical and surgical facility providing quality health care to the residents of the Rio Grande Valley.”

Contact Number: 956-DOCTORS (362-8677)


Hope Family Health Center


Despcription: Hope Family Health Center, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization has a wonderful history showing the love and care members of our community have for one another. We are grateful for all of those who put their time in effort to help those most in need. Hope is survived by our volunteer physicians - we have never had a doctor "on staff." Rather, medical professionals donate their time to see our patients.

Contact Number: 956-944-3319


McAllen Campus of the School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center     


Description: The center provides comprehensive, accessible health education programs and services to residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. In addition to classes the center “provides a wide range of health training, clinical research, medical education, community interventions and public health programs with local partners.” 


Migrant Health Promotion          


Description: The Migrant Health Promotion trains individuals (called promotores and promotoras) how to promote health within their communities. The promotores and promotoras “provide leadership, peer education, support, and resources to support community empowerment, or capacitación.”

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Mission Regional Medical Center- Diabetes Center


Description: Mission Regional Medical Center is a non-profit hospital serving the community since 1954. The Diabetes Center at MRMC offers a variety of outpatient services. Our unique diabetes program entails both one on one and group education sessions. Each class, whether individual or group, is based on different curriculums to cover all the important topics to put the individual in control of their diabetes and prevent complications related to diabetes. Our program involves hands on training activities and involvement of the family/support system for optimal success.

Contact Number: 956-323-1972 or 956-323-1973

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Regional Academic Health Center (The University of Texas Health Science Center)


Description: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio vision for the Regional Academic Health Center is to establish excellent programs in medical education and research, comparable in quality to the San Antonio programs” Their research focuses on “diseases that disproportionately affect the border populations of South Texas --- particularly diabetes and certain infectious diseases.” 

Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association (RGVDA)      


Description: RGVDA provides diabetes education to the residents of Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. It is a nonprofit organization that seeks, “To enhance the quality of life of all persons impacted by diabetes through education.”

Contact Number: 956-782-1900

South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association    


Description: Organization run by parents of diabetic children in McAllen, TX. The organization provides support groups, organizes events for designed for diabetic children, and organizes educational events for parents, schools and the public.

Contact Number: 956-631-8903


South Texas Literacy Coalition


The purpose of the South Texas Literacy Coalition is to lead an active coalition of South Texas literacy programs, learners, and supporters, by coordinating and integrating resources to strengthen adult, family, and children’s literacy services and presenting a unified voice on the defined and prioritized goals of literacy which contribute to economically sustainable communities.

Contact Number: 956-279-1689


Did You Know?

With type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes represents only five percent of people with diabetes, and is generally diagnosed in children and young adults.1

To register for the South Texas Directory please submit information through The Diabetes Care Project online submission form.