The largest program of the Community Health Trust, the Diabetes Health Center (DHC), provides education and support for those living with diabetes or prediabetes and other health conditions. We strive to empower clients and provide resources and tools to help build skills to make informed decisions to improve quality of life and reduce the risk of complications for many medical conditions and health problems.

Pictured left to right: Jacqueline Thompson MS, RD, CDCES; Martha P. Quintana BSN, RN, CDCES; Teresa Martinez Office Manager; Briana Mancha MS, RD, and Cristina Vega-Martinez RD, CLE, CDCES

New Patient & Group Class Forms / Formas para nuevos pacientes y clases grupales

Download and complete the form prior to your appointment or class.

Descargue y complete la forma antes de ir a su cita o clase.

Diabetes Health Center Services

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support

Learn how to manage your diabetes and related conditions. DSMES is tailored to you to meet and support your individual needs, goals and life experiences to improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of complications. DSMES includes our group classes and individual sessions.

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With COVID-19 it is also important to know the risk factors for those that have diabetes. Check out this article from our own, Martha Quintana.

Diabetes Health Factors and COVID-19

Gestational Diabetes Management Education

We’ll provide support and education through your pregnancy to keep you and your baby healthy and reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. This comprehensive program is available in English and Spanish for pregnant women with, or at risk, of developing diabetes.

Program includes:

  • An assessment with an RN
  • Medical nutrition assessment and education
  • Insulin injection instruction, if needed
  • Follow-up visits every 1-2 weeks, based on patient need
  • Progress reports for the referring physician following each visit

Call or have your physician call to make an appointment.

Group Classes

We’ll provide basic DSMES education and support in a group setting. Group classes are facilitated by our Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCES). Learn to live with diabetes and get ideas for success.

  • Monitor your glucose and interpret testing results
  • Manage your medications
  • Understand the connection between blood sugar and food
  • Strategize meal planning, healthy eating, and physical activity
  • Keep healthy and prevent complications

You can attend two 90-minute classes in person at the Diabetes Health Center (DHC), or virtually* in addition to your individual assessment with one of our educators. Call to register!

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Healthy Cooking Demos

Want to learn how to make healthy, delicious food? Our nutrition experts offer step by step demonstrations of how to cook healthy, budget-friendly recipes with easy to get ingredients. Plus in-person participants receive a FREE bag of produce!

Classes take place in the King Community Room at 85 Nielson St., Watsonville. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and participants will be required to wear a mask.

We are also developing our own cooking show La Cocina de Cristina! Stay tuned for its virtual release.

Our popular in-person cooking demos will return in 2021!

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Certain medical conditions can be treated with changes in diet – this is where Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) comes in. Our dietitians will work one on one with you to address your medical condition and help to lower the risk of new complications.

The MNT Program offered through the Diabetes Health Center is designed for any individual living with acute and chronic conditions that can be improved or managed through simple lifestyle changes and healthier habits. This program is available for women, men, teens, children, and older adults.

NOTE: A physician referral including a diagnosis and any pertinent labs is needed for MNT services. Some participants may have a co-pay.


Telehealth enables you to have a video visit with your dietitian or diabetes educator without leaving your home. You can use your smartphone, tablet or laptop to
attend your appointment virtually.

Call to make your appointment today!

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Patient Portal to Athena Health

Our patient portal is an online gateway that allows you to manage your personal health information. You can view or request appointments and exchange secure messages with your educator in Spanish or English. Once you are sent a link by our Patient Service Representative, you just need to log in and create a password.

Workplace Wellness/ Community Presentations

Our trained educators can speak to groups of any size in English and Spanish.

Some Topics include:

  • Living a Healthy Life
  • Stress Management
  • Healthy Eating
  • Mindfulness,
  • And More!
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Contact the Diabetes Health Center

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
8:00 AM- 4:30 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Diabetes Health Center
85 Nielson Street, Suite 201
Watsonville, CA 95076

Phone: (831) 726-4267
Fax: (831) 722-2462