The 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. The only program at that time was a support group for families with type 1 children.
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 go into population health as the rates of type 2 diabetes escalated in our community and along the border.
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 in excess of 100 million dollars. By increasing education and awareness, the EPDA’s hope is to reduce these financial costs as well decrease the financial and emotional burdens of unmanaged diabetes for El Paso residents.