The El Paso Diabetes Association (EPDA) opened its doors in Mrs. Estelle Goldman’s garage in El Paso, Texas, in November 1968 as the South chapter of the American Diabetes Association, to offer a support group for families with children with type 1 diabetes. This was the only diabetes service available in El Paso at that time.
Four years later, the EPDA chose to expand programs and to disaffiliate, making it one of a handful of independent diabetes associations in the country. Programs grew to diabetes management, cooking sessions, support groups, and the Annual Blossoms and Blooms. In the 1990s, the EPDA opted to move towards a public health direction as the rates of type 2 diabetes escalated in our community and along the border region.
Today, the EPDA is an accredited, local and independent diabetes organization with many programs and services. The EPDA continues without any affiliations to state or national diabetes organizations, to ensure that the needs of our local community are understood and met.
In the last few years, unnecessary diabetes emergencies have consistently cost our community an excess of 100 million dollars. By increasing education and awareness, the EPDA’s hope is to reduce these financial costs as well as decrease the financial and emotional burdens of unmanaged diabetes for residents of El Paso.