Joe’s Health Calendar March 30

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Fast For a Day, Food For a Week For a Hungry Family

Today Through March 31 (Tuesday): Stockton’s EFB Hunger Challenge is a campaign to raise awareness of food insufficiencies in our community. During the month of March, the Emergency Food Bank invites you to take the challenge and share your experience. We all know what it feels like to be hungry. When that happens, most of us just have to cook something or go and buy our food. However, some people in our community don’t have the ability or the luxury to do so. As a result, hundreds of families and individuals go hungry every day in our own community. They are our neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. It could be the person you see walking on the street as you go to work or the person in the car next to you at a stop light. The point is, we don’t always know who is affected by food insufficiencies. By taking the EFB Hunger Challenge, we hope to not only raise awareness of hunger in our community but also to provide a basic necessity of life to those in need. For more information, visit our website at www.EFBHungerChallenge.org for complete details.

New Medical Clinic Opening

April 1 (Wednesday) 10:30 ceremony followed by open house until 1 p.m.:  Community Medical Centers Inc. will be hosting an open house for its newest medical clinic at 1031 Waterloo Road, Stockton. A formal program will be capped by a ribbon cutting, followed by the open house with refreshments. Reservations are requested to Maria Flores at (209) 373-2831 or mflores@cmcenters.org. Since it began in Stockton a half-century ago, Community Medical Centers has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of low-income patients at 13 clinics throughout San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo counties.

Get Moving – Free Nutrition Class

April 7 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Build a Happier, Healthier Kid

April 11 (Saturday) 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Family Fun Run/Walk; Community Resource Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: YMCA of San Joaquin is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a Fun Run followed by a free Community Resource Fair to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families and to help them get a jump on creating a healthier summer. The Community Resource Fair will provide fun, active play and educational activities that will inspire kids to carry a spirit of excitement and exploration throughout their summer. Join the fun, free activities, raffle prizes, kids’ obstacle course and much more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will take place at University Park, corner of North California and East Magnolia streets, Stockton. For more information or to register, call (209) 472-9622 or visit www.ymcasjc.org or www.onyourmarkevents.com.

Plan, Shop & Save – Free Nutrition Class

April 14 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Vary Your Veggies – Free Nutrition Class

April 21 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Make Half Your Grains Whole – Free Nutrition Class

April 28 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Hygeia Health Fair Free for the Community

May 2 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The annual Hygeia Health Fair is sponsored as a free community service by the members of the Lambda Kappa Sigma international professional pharmacy fraternity at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3535 N. El Dorado St., Stockton. The following screenings and educational opportunities will be offered: Warfarin and drug disposal education; screening and nutritional education; screening for GERD and educating on heartburn plus Nausau, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation; anemia screening; blood pressure/glucose/cholesterol screening; anxiety/depression/alcoholism; medication cost assistance; body mass index (BMI) screening; MTM; DASH Diet education; stroke/medication waste management education; asthma/COPD screening; bone mineral density, fall risk, memory decline and geriatric depression; smoking cessation counseling and education; medication adherence education; syringe disposal education; and oral hygiene education.

Kentucky Derby West Supports Hospice of San Joaquin

May 2 (Saturday) Gates open at 1 p.m.: For the second year, Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary Lodi is proud to present “Kentucky Derby West” with proceeds going to the operation of Hospice House. Hospice of San Joaquin comforts and supports patients and families through the final phase of one’s amazing life journey. Hospice House is there for those patients who can no longer continue on this final journey in their home and need the caring support of medical, social and spiritual professionals around the clock. The Butterfly Auxiliaries collectively contribute proceeds from fundraising events to help maintain the house. Over 1,600 patients and families have been served since it opened in October 2004. During the event, watch the “Run for the Roses” live from Churchill Downs at Sargent Equestrian Center, 15757 E. Sargent Road, Lodi. There will be a silent and live auction, and you can join in the spirit of the Derby by symbolically owning one of the horses. Enjoy Mint Juleps in a traditional julep cup, bourbon and ciigars in the Jockey Locker, martinis in the Derby Salon and local wineries featured in the Churchill Wine Gardens. Dinner, Southern sweets and local wines will be served in the Grandstand Terrace. Tickets are $100 per person and you must be 21 or older. (50% tax deductible, $50 is Estimated Fair Market Value. Tax ID 94-2777980). Purchase tickets at www.hospicesj.org or (209) 922-0380.

Build Strong Bones – Free Nutrition Class

May 5 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Go Lean With Protein – Free Nutrition Class

May 12 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Breastfeeding Support: It Takes a Village

May 15 (Friday) 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: It’s time for the 2015 conference of the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County, but this will not be a typical breastfeeding conference. Our goal is to energize and mobilize the community to provide breastfeeding support. To that end, we have a terrific lineup of leading breastfeeding professionals and advocates from California as speakers. Click here for more information and click here to register for the conference. Information: Mary Woelfel at mwoelfel@sjcphs.org.

Brain Walk: The F.A.S.T. Track to Stroke Awareness

May 16 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Ready to walk over stigmas attached to strokes?  We are!!!  The first annual Stockton Brain Walk will be held at McLeod Lake Park at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel adjacent to the Weber Point Event Center at the corner of West Fremont and North Center streets, Stockton. A stroke can happen to anyone – young and old, rich or poor. Stroke symptoms occur “suddenly.” A stroke happens when oxygen and nutrients are blocked and do not reach a part of your brain. The longer the blockage, the more damage or disabilities occur. Our challenge:  Stroke is still a leading cause of death and the No. 1 cause of long-term adult disabilities. Many people do not know what a stroke is, the stroke symptoms or the risk factors.  Help us change that. 800,000 strokes happen in America yearly; about 180,000 of them are reoccurring strokes and this is a devastating crisis for family, friends and co-workers.  80 percent of the stroke can be prevented. Early recognition of the stroke symptoms can save you or your loved one’s quality of life. Your participation in our walk makes you a partner for stroke awareness and progress. Quick response to the stroke symptoms increases the best stroke care and increases the chances of recovery. The funds raised will help us increase stroke awareness and fuels our fight against stroke and long-term disability. Our focus is on the brain! Teams are welcome during the Brain Walk. Please go to this site to register: https://healingsinmotion.webconnex.com/registrationInformation: (877) 672-4480.

Make a Change & Celebrate – Free Nutrition Class

May 19 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Healthier Living in San Joaquin County

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease.  To sign up for a future workshop, contact (209) 944-8355.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471 or www.StJosephsCares.org/CarevanClinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • SPECIAL NOTE: Temporarily closed through April 9 for mechanical repairs
  • Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.

NEWS

California Debuts Ads to Counter E-Cigarettes

Twenty-five years after launching the first anti-smoking advertisements in the state, the California Department of Public Health on March 23 premiered a series of television, digital, and outdoor ads in a new campaign called “Wake Up,” as part of its educational effort to inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes. “California has been a world leader in tobacco use prevention and cessation since 1990, with one of the lowest youth and adult smoking rates in the nation. The aggressive marketing and escalating use of e-cigarettes threatens to erode that progress,” said Dr. Karen Smith, newly appointed CDPH director and state health officer. CDPH recently released a report and health advisory highlighting areas of concern regarding e-cigarettes, including the sharp rise in e-cigarette use among California teens and young adults, the highly addictive nature of nicotine in e-cigarettes, the surge in accidental nicotine poisonings occurring in young children, and that secondhand e-cigarette emissions contain several toxic chemicals. Research shows that youth and young adults who use e-cigarettes are far more likely to also use traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. “Our advertising campaign is telling the public to ‘wake up’ to the fact that these are highly addictive products being mass marketed,” said Dr. Smith. The advertising campaign includes two television ads that feature songs from the 1950s and ‘60s and images portraying the health risks of e-cigarettes. One TV ad underscores the e-cigarette industry’s use of candy flavored ‘e-juice’ and products that entice the next generation to become addicted to nicotine. The second TV spot emphasizes the dangers and addictiveness of e-cigarettes, while exposing the fact that big tobacco companies are in the e-cigarette business. E-cigarettes are largely unregulated at the federal level and companies are not required to disclose what is in their products or how they are made. To inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes, CDPH launched an educational campaign in late January. The advertising component kicked off on March 23 and runs through June 2015, with TV and digital ads on websites, online radio and social media throughout the state. Outdoor ads, including billboards, at gas stations and in malls, and ads in movie theaters will be phased in throughout the campaign. This counter e-cigarette advertising campaign is part of CDPH’s ongoing anti- tobacco media efforts. In addition to the advertising, the CDPH educational campaign will include:

  • Partnering with the local public health, medical, and child care organizations to increase awareness about the known toxicity of e-cigarettes and the high risk of poisonings, especially to children, while continuing to promote and support the use of proven effective cessation therapies.
  • Joining with the California Department of Education and school officials to assist in providing accurate information to parents, students, teachers, and school administrators on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

The California Tobacco Control Program was established by the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. The act, approved by California voters, instituted a 25-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes and earmarked 5 cents of that tax to fund California’s tobacco control efforts. These efforts include supporting local health departments and community organizations, a media campaign, and evaluation and surveillance. California’s comprehensive approach has changed social norms around tobacco use and secondhand smoke. California’s tobacco control efforts have reduced both adult and youth smoking rates by 50 percent, saved more than 1 million lives and have resulted in $134 billion worth of savings in health care costs. Learn more at TobaccoFreeCA.com.

Manteca Unified Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

Knowing the importance of quick action upon a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, the hands-only CPR push was created by Manteca Unified School District Health Services’ Caroline Thibodeau and Secondary Education’s Tevani Liotard along with Manteca District Ambulance Service’s Jonathan Mendoza. Other agencies who take part are Manteca Fire Department, Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department and Stockton Fire Department. The group has presented a hands-Only CPR lecture and hands-on demonstration to all MUSD ninth-grade students. The lecture and presentation has been used throughout the MUSD high schools over the past 16 months. A total of 2,794 students and 73 adults have been taught the hands-only CPR to date. By the end of the school year, the number will increase to more than 3,500 students. All students get to experience hands-on by doing chest compression on a mannequin plus hearing and seeing the importance of quickly starting hands- only CPR quickly till help arrives. Paramedics, firefighters and teachers assist the students during the mannequin chest compression portion.  a majority of the students say, “Doing chest compressions is harder than I thought, but, I now feel I can do it or tell someone how to do it.” In December, a student at Manteca High School collapsed in the middle of class experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.  Due to the quick action of the vice principal, Manteca Police Department resource officer, Manteca District Ambulance EMTs and paramedics, Manteca firefighters and continuous care at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Stanford Hospital, this student is alive and has fully recovered.

Colon Cancer Can Be Prevented Through Regular Screening 

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, the American Cancer Society continues to work toward  increasing colorectal cancer awareness through the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) “80% by 2018” initiative to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (co-founded by ACS and CDC), the initiative’s nearly 200 supporting organizations  share the goal of having 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Colorectal cancer is a major cause of cancer-related deaths, and one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (polyps) in the colon before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether. “Colorectal cancer is a major health concern,” said David Veneziano, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society’s California Division.” All adults age 50 and older should be regularly tested, but many aren’t because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand there are testing options, or don’t think they can afford it. “Colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested,” Veneziano said. “There are several screening options – even take-home tests. Nearly all public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and local resources are available to help those who are uninsured.” While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the United States over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In 2014, 137,000 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in the United States. For more information, visit: www.cancer.org/fightcoloncancer.

Comprehensive Website Aims to Reduce Health Disparities

Welltopia, a new website launched by the California Department of Health Care Services and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, offers a wide range of essential resources to help Californians, especially those on limited incomes, build healthier lives and communities. Designed to complement the popularWelltopia by DHCS Facebook page, the new website at MyWelltopia.com serves as a comprehensive resource connecting individuals, families and communities to credible information that addresses the social determinants of health and other leading causes of preventable death. Many studies have shown that access to health care, education, employment, housing, nutritious foods and physical activity are among the fundamental drivers of health for individuals and their communities. Making reliable information and resources available for people of all ages is key to creating healthy environments. “We developed Welltopia to be a convenient and trusted source of information covering all three aspects of health — physical, mental and well-being,” said Neal Kohatsu, DHCS medical director. “We’ve made every effort to ensure that the resources are both accurate and accessible to consumers.” The Welltopia site organizes information into five categories — Well Body, Well Mind, Jobs & Training, Health Insurance, and Basic Needs. It includes information on nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, alcohol- and drug-abuse prevention, stress management, health insurance, residency and social services, among others. The site also contains videos, photos and graphics with information about health-related programs. There are free applications, such as fitness trackers, women’s health information, recipes and food journals to track daily calorie intake, and links to CalFresh, education, job placement resources and other social services. “Welltopia should be the first stop for persons seeking reliable information about the many determinants of health,” said Kenneth Kizer, IPHI director. “Its friendly format quickly guides users to practical and trustworthy sources.” The Department of Health Care Services manages California’s form of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal, which helps millions of low-income Californians obtain access to affordable, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder services, and long-term services and supports. DHCS aims to preserve and improve the health of all Californians. The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement fosters population health within the UC Davis Health System and communities throughout the state. IPHI’s mission is to create, apply and disseminate knowledge about the many determinants of health to improve health and health security, and to support activities that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities.

Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes

Read some facts from the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, click here.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds in Calaveras County

Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays): The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that now is a great time to check their cabinets for expired and unused prescription medication. Medication can be disposed of in a secure locker located in the lobby of the new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas. The Sheriff’s Office asks that pills be kept in their original bottles or dumped into Zip-Loc-style bags prior to being placed in the disposal locker. Sharps are not accepted.

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County offers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org(209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 orSJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.org.

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visitwww.foodaddicts.org.

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

Break From Stress

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information: SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.org or (209) 467-6550.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.

Adult Children With Aging Relatives

Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an eight-session smoking-cessation class for those wishing to become smoke free. Classes are held weekly in the Lodi Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Topics covered include benefits of quitting; ways to cope with quitting; how to deal with a craving; medications that help with withdrawal; and creating a support system. Call the Lodi Health Lung Health Line at (209) 339-7445 to register.

Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers 30 minute guided tours that provide expecting parents with a tour of Labor/Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and an overview of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. New mothers are provided information on delivery services, where to go and what to do once delivery has arrived, and each mother can create an individual birthing plan. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 944-8355. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes

Nutrition on the Move Class

Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.  Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Fridays 6 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health (in trailer at the rear of building), 2510 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-2000.

Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

Second Friday of every month: Participants will learn the basics about blood sugar monitoring, healthy foods, portion sizes, medications and self-management skills from a certified diabetic educator during this free class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information and registration: (209) 944-8355. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Education

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at 530 W. Acacia St., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Second Saturday of Every Month 10 a.m. to noon: Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meeting are for family, friends, caregivers and individuals with multiple sclerosis. We invite you to join us for a few moments of exchanging ideas and management skills to help you live and work with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease. Meetings are at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in Classroom 1 in the basement. Information: Laurie (209) 915-1730 or Velma (209) 951-2264.

All Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Third Saturday of month 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers community service educational class of prebirth education and mentoring. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit www.StJosephsCanHelp.org.

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
  2. Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
  3. For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
  • For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
  • For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.

Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
  4. Get vaccinated.

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.

  • Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:

Stockton (209) 468-3280

  • Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
  • Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

  • Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Tracy (209) 831-5930

  • Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Flu Shots in Calaveras County

Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.

  • Adults 50 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).

If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:

  • Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.

The flu vaccine is $16.  Medicare Part B is accepted.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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Joe’s Health Calendar March 29

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Fast For a Day, Food For a Week For a Hungry Family

Today Through March 31 (Tuesday): Stockton’s EFB Hunger Challenge is a campaign to raise awareness of food insufficiencies in our community. During the month of March, the Emergency Food Bank invites you to take the challenge and share your experience. We all know what it feels like to be hungry. When that happens, most of us just have to cook something or go and buy our food. However, some people in our community don’t have the ability or the luxury to do so. As a result, hundreds of families and individuals go hungry every day in our own community. They are our neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. It could be the person you see walking on the street as you go to work or the person in the car next to you at a stop light. The point is, we don’t always know who is affected by food insufficiencies. By taking the EFB Hunger Challenge, we hope to not only raise awareness of hunger in our community but also to provide a basic necessity of life to those in need. For more information, visit our website at www.EFBHungerChallenge.org for complete details.

New Medical Clinic Opening

April 1 (Wednesday) 10:30 ceremony followed by open house until 1 p.m.:  Community Medical Centers Inc. will be hosting an open house for its newest medical clinic at 1031 Waterloo Road, Stockton. A formal program will be capped by a ribbon cutting, followed by the open house with refreshments. Reservations are requested to Maria Flores at (209) 373-2831 or mflores@cmcenters.org. Since it began in Stockton a half-century ago, Community Medical Centers has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of low-income patients at 13 clinics throughout San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo counties.

Get Moving – Free Nutrition Class

April 7 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Build a Happier, Healthier Kid

April 11 (Saturday) 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Family Fun Run/Walk; Community Resource Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: YMCA of San Joaquin is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a Fun Run followed by a free Community Resource Fair to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families and to help them get a jump on creating a healthier summer. The Community Resource Fair will provide fun, active play and educational activities that will inspire kids to carry a spirit of excitement and exploration throughout their summer. Join the fun, free activities, raffle prizes, kids’ obstacle course and much more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will take place at University Park, corner of North California and East Magnolia streets, Stockton. For more information or to register, call (209) 472-9622 or visit www.ymcasjc.org or www.onyourmarkevents.com.

Plan, Shop & Save – Free Nutrition Class

April 14 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Vary Your Veggies – Free Nutrition Class

April 21 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Make Half Your Grains Whole – Free Nutrition Class

April 28 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Hygeia Health Fair Free for the Community

May 2 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The annual Hygeia Health Fair is sponsored as a free community service by the members of the Lambda Kappa Sigma international professional pharmacy fraternity at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3535 N. El Dorado St., Stockton. The following screenings and educational opportunities will be offered: Warfarin and drug disposal education; screening and nutritional education; screening for GERD and educating on heartburn plus Nausau, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation; anemia screening; blood pressure/glucose/cholesterol screening; anxiety/depression/alcoholism; medication cost assistance; body mass index (BMI) screening; MTM; DASH Diet education; stroke/medication waste management education; asthma/COPD screening; bone mineral density, fall risk, memory decline and geriatric depression; smoking cessation counseling and education; medication adherence education; syringe disposal education; and oral hygiene education.

Kentucky Derby West Supports Hospice of San Joaquin

May 2 (Saturday) Gates open at 1 p.m.: For the second year, Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary Lodi is proud to present “Kentucky Derby West” with proceeds going to the operation of Hospice House. Hospice of San Joaquin comforts and supports patients and families through the final phase of one’s amazing life journey. Hospice House is there for those patients who can no longer continue on this final journey in their home and need the caring support of medical, social and spiritual professionals around the clock. The Butterfly Auxiliaries collectively contribute proceeds from fundraising events to help maintain the house. Over 1,600 patients and families have been served since it opened in October 2004. During the event, watch the “Run for the Roses” live from Churchill Downs at Sargent Equestrian Center, 15757 E. Sargent Road, Lodi. There will be a silent and live auction, and you can join in the spirit of the Derby by symbolically owning one of the horses. Enjoy Mint Juleps in a traditional julep cup, bourbon and ciigars in the Jockey Locker, martinis in the Derby Salon and local wineries featured in the Churchill Wine Gardens. Dinner, Southern sweets and local wines will be served in the Grandstand Terrace. Tickets are $100 per person and you must be 21 or older. (50% tax deductible, $50 is Estimated Fair Market Value. Tax ID 94-2777980). Purchase tickets at www.hospicesj.org or (209) 922-0380.

Build Strong Bones – Free Nutrition Class

May 5 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Go Lean With Protein – Free Nutrition Class

May 12 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Breastfeeding Support: It Takes a Village

May 15 (Friday) 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: It’s time for the 2015 conference of the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County, but this will not be a typical breastfeeding conference. Our goal is to energize and mobilize the community to provide breastfeeding support. To that end, we have a terrific lineup of leading breastfeeding professionals and advocates from California as speakers. Click here for more information and click here to register for the conference. Information: Mary Woelfel at mwoelfel@sjcphs.org.

Brain Walk: The F.A.S.T. Track to Stroke Awareness

May 16 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Ready to walk over stigmas attached to strokes?  We are!!!  The first annual Stockton Brain Walk will be held at McLeod Lake Park at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel adjacent to the Weber Point Event Center at the corner of West Fremont and North Center streets, Stockton. A stroke can happen to anyone – young and old, rich or poor. Stroke symptoms occur “suddenly.” A stroke happens when oxygen and nutrients are blocked and do not reach a part of your brain. The longer the blockage, the more damage or disabilities occur. Our challenge:  Stroke is still a leading cause of death and the No. 1 cause of long-term adult disabilities. Many people do not know what a stroke is, the stroke symptoms or the risk factors.  Help us change that. 800,000 strokes happen in America yearly; about 180,000 of them are reoccurring strokes and this is a devastating crisis for family, friends and co-workers.  80 percent of the stroke can be prevented. Early recognition of the stroke symptoms can save you or your loved one’s quality of life. Your participation in our walk makes you a partner for stroke awareness and progress. Quick response to the stroke symptoms increases the best stroke care and increases the chances of recovery. The funds raised will help us increase stroke awareness and fuels our fight against stroke and long-term disability. Our focus is on the brain! Teams are welcome during the Brain Walk. Please go to this site to register: https://healingsinmotion.webconnex.com/registrationInformation: (877) 672-4480.

Make a Change & Celebrate – Free Nutrition Class

May 19 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Healthier Living in San Joaquin County

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease.  To sign up for a future workshop, contact (209) 944-8355.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471 or www.StJosephsCares.org/CarevanClinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • SPECIAL NOTE: Temporarily closed through April 9 for mechanical repairs
  • Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.

NEWS

California Debuts Ads to Counter E-Cigarettes

Twenty-five years after launching the first anti-smoking advertisements in the state, the California Department of Public Health on March 23 premiered a series of television, digital, and outdoor ads in a new campaign called “Wake Up,” as part of its educational effort to inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes. “California has been a world leader in tobacco use prevention and cessation since 1990, with one of the lowest youth and adult smoking rates in the nation. The aggressive marketing and escalating use of e-cigarettes threatens to erode that progress,” said Dr. Karen Smith, newly appointed CDPH director and state health officer. CDPH recently released a report and health advisory highlighting areas of concern regarding e-cigarettes, including the sharp rise in e-cigarette use among California teens and young adults, the highly addictive nature of nicotine in e-cigarettes, the surge in accidental nicotine poisonings occurring in young children, and that secondhand e-cigarette emissions contain several toxic chemicals. Research shows that youth and young adults who use e-cigarettes are far more likely to also use traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. “Our advertising campaign is telling the public to ‘wake up’ to the fact that these are highly addictive products being mass marketed,” said Dr. Smith. The advertising campaign includes two television ads that feature songs from the 1950s and ‘60s and images portraying the health risks of e-cigarettes. One TV ad underscores the e-cigarette industry’s use of candy flavored ‘e-juice’ and products that entice the next generation to become addicted to nicotine. The second TV spot emphasizes the dangers and addictiveness of e-cigarettes, while exposing the fact that big tobacco companies are in the e-cigarette business. E-cigarettes are largely unregulated at the federal level and companies are not required to disclose what is in their products or how they are made. To inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes, CDPH launched an educational campaign in late January. The advertising component kicked off on March 23 and runs through June 2015, with TV and digital ads on websites, online radio and social media throughout the state. Outdoor ads, including billboards, at gas stations and in malls, and ads in movie theaters will be phased in throughout the campaign. This counter e-cigarette advertising campaign is part of CDPH’s ongoing anti- tobacco media efforts. In addition to the advertising, the CDPH educational campaign will include:

  • Partnering with the local public health, medical, and child care organizations to increase awareness about the known toxicity of e-cigarettes and the high risk of poisonings, especially to children, while continuing to promote and support the use of proven effective cessation therapies.
  • Joining with the California Department of Education and school officials to assist in providing accurate information to parents, students, teachers, and school administrators on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

The California Tobacco Control Program was established by the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. The act, approved by California voters, instituted a 25-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes and earmarked 5 cents of that tax to fund California’s tobacco control efforts. These efforts include supporting local health departments and community organizations, a media campaign, and evaluation and surveillance. California’s comprehensive approach has changed social norms around tobacco use and secondhand smoke. California’s tobacco control efforts have reduced both adult and youth smoking rates by 50 percent, saved more than 1 million lives and have resulted in $134 billion worth of savings in health care costs. Learn more at TobaccoFreeCA.com.

Manteca Unified Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

Knowing the importance of quick action upon a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, the hands-only CPR push was created by Manteca Unified School District Health Services’ Caroline Thibodeau and Secondary Education’s Tevani Liotard along with Manteca District Ambulance Service’s Jonathan Mendoza. Other agencies who take part are Manteca Fire Department, Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department and Stockton Fire Department. The group has presented a hands-Only CPR lecture and hands-on demonstration to all MUSD ninth-grade students. The lecture and presentation has been used throughout the MUSD high schools over the past 16 months. A total of 2,794 students and 73 adults have been taught the hands-only CPR to date. By the end of the school year, the number will increase to more than 3,500 students. All students get to experience hands-on by doing chest compression on a mannequin plus hearing and seeing the importance of quickly starting hands- only CPR quickly till help arrives. Paramedics, firefighters and teachers assist the students during the mannequin chest compression portion.  a majority of the students say, “Doing chest compressions is harder than I thought, but, I now feel I can do it or tell someone how to do it.” In December, a student at Manteca High School collapsed in the middle of class experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.  Due to the quick action of the vice principal, Manteca Police Department resource officer, Manteca District Ambulance EMTs and paramedics, Manteca firefighters and continuous care at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Stanford Hospital, this student is alive and has fully recovered.

Colon Cancer Can Be Prevented Through Regular Screening 

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, the American Cancer Society continues to work toward  increasing colorectal cancer awareness through the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) “80% by 2018” initiative to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (co-founded by ACS and CDC), the initiative’s nearly 200 supporting organizations  share the goal of having 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Colorectal cancer is a major cause of cancer-related deaths, and one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (polyps) in the colon before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether. “Colorectal cancer is a major health concern,” said David Veneziano, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society’s California Division.” All adults age 50 and older should be regularly tested, but many aren’t because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand there are testing options, or don’t think they can afford it. “Colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested,” Veneziano said. “There are several screening options – even take-home tests. Nearly all public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and local resources are available to help those who are uninsured.” While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the United States over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In 2014, 137,000 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in the United States. For more information, visit: www.cancer.org/fightcoloncancer.

Comprehensive Website Aims to Reduce Health Disparities

Welltopia, a new website launched by the California Department of Health Care Services and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, offers a wide range of essential resources to help Californians, especially those on limited incomes, build healthier lives and communities. Designed to complement the popularWelltopia by DHCS Facebook page, the new website at MyWelltopia.com serves as a comprehensive resource connecting individuals, families and communities to credible information that addresses the social determinants of health and other leading causes of preventable death. Many studies have shown that access to health care, education, employment, housing, nutritious foods and physical activity are among the fundamental drivers of health for individuals and their communities. Making reliable information and resources available for people of all ages is key to creating healthy environments. “We developed Welltopia to be a convenient and trusted source of information covering all three aspects of health — physical, mental and well-being,” said Neal Kohatsu, DHCS medical director. “We’ve made every effort to ensure that the resources are both accurate and accessible to consumers.” The Welltopia site organizes information into five categories — Well Body, Well Mind, Jobs & Training, Health Insurance, and Basic Needs. It includes information on nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, alcohol- and drug-abuse prevention, stress management, health insurance, residency and social services, among others. The site also contains videos, photos and graphics with information about health-related programs. There are free applications, such as fitness trackers, women’s health information, recipes and food journals to track daily calorie intake, and links to CalFresh, education, job placement resources and other social services. “Welltopia should be the first stop for persons seeking reliable information about the many determinants of health,” said Kenneth Kizer, IPHI director. “Its friendly format quickly guides users to practical and trustworthy sources.” The Department of Health Care Services manages California’s form of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal, which helps millions of low-income Californians obtain access to affordable, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder services, and long-term services and supports. DHCS aims to preserve and improve the health of all Californians. The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement fosters population health within the UC Davis Health System and communities throughout the state. IPHI’s mission is to create, apply and disseminate knowledge about the many determinants of health to improve health and health security, and to support activities that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities.

Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes

Read some facts from the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, click here.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds in Calaveras County

Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays): The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that now is a great time to check their cabinets for expired and unused prescription medication. Medication can be disposed of in a secure locker located in the lobby of the new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas. The Sheriff’s Office asks that pills be kept in their original bottles or dumped into Zip-Loc-style bags prior to being placed in the disposal locker. Sharps are not accepted.

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County offers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org(209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 orSJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.org.

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visitwww.foodaddicts.org.

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

Break From Stress

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information: SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.org or (209) 467-6550.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.

Adult Children With Aging Relatives

Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an eight-session smoking-cessation class for those wishing to become smoke free. Classes are held weekly in the Lodi Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Topics covered include benefits of quitting; ways to cope with quitting; how to deal with a craving; medications that help with withdrawal; and creating a support system. Call the Lodi Health Lung Health Line at (209) 339-7445 to register.

Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers 30 minute guided tours that provide expecting parents with a tour of Labor/Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and an overview of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. New mothers are provided information on delivery services, where to go and what to do once delivery has arrived, and each mother can create an individual birthing plan. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 944-8355. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes

Nutrition on the Move Class

Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.  Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Fridays 6 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health (in trailer at the rear of building), 2510 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-2000.

Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

Second Friday of every month: Participants will learn the basics about blood sugar monitoring, healthy foods, portion sizes, medications and self-management skills from a certified diabetic educator during this free class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information and registration: (209) 944-8355. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Education

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at 530 W. Acacia St., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Second Saturday of Every Month 10 a.m. to noon: Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meeting are for family, friends, caregivers and individuals with multiple sclerosis. We invite you to join us for a few moments of exchanging ideas and management skills to help you live and work with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease. Meetings are at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in Classroom 1 in the basement. Information: Laurie (209) 915-1730 or Velma (209) 951-2264.

All Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Third Saturday of month 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers community service educational class of prebirth education and mentoring. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit www.StJosephsCanHelp.org.

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
  2. Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
  3. For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
  • For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
  • For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.

Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
  4. Get vaccinated.

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.

  • Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:

Stockton (209) 468-3280

  • Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
  • Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

  • Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Tracy (209) 831-5930

  • Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Flu Shots in Calaveras County

Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.

  • Adults 50 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).

If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:

  • Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.

The flu vaccine is $16.  Medicare Part B is accepted.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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Joe’s Health Calendar March 28

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Fast For a Day, Food For a Week For a Hungry Family

Today Through March 31 (Tuesday): Stockton’s EFB Hunger Challenge is a campaign to raise awareness of food insufficiencies in our community. During the month of March, the Emergency Food Bank invites you to take the challenge and share your experience. We all know what it feels like to be hungry. When that happens, most of us just have to cook something or go and buy our food. However, some people in our community don’t have the ability or the luxury to do so. As a result, hundreds of families and individuals go hungry every day in our own community. They are our neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. It could be the person you see walking on the street as you go to work or the person in the car next to you at a stop light. The point is, we don’t always know who is affected by food insufficiencies. By taking the EFB Hunger Challenge, we hope to not only raise awareness of hunger in our community but also to provide a basic necessity of life to those in need. For more information, visit our website at www.EFBHungerChallenge.org for complete details.

New Medical Clinic Opening

April 1 (Wednesday) 10:30 ceremony followed by open house until 1 p.m.:  Community Medical Centers Inc. will be hosting an open house for its newest medical clinic at 1031 Waterloo Road, Stockton. A formal program will be capped by a ribbon cutting, followed by the open house with refreshments. Reservations are requested to Maria Flores at (209) 373-2831 or mflores@cmcenters.org. Since it began in Stockton a half-century ago, Community Medical Centers has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of low-income patients at 13 clinics throughout San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo counties.

Get Moving – Free Nutrition Class

April 7 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Build a Happier, Healthier Kid

April 11 (Saturday) 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Family Fun Run/Walk; Community Resource Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: YMCA of San Joaquin is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a Fun Run followed by a free Community Resource Fair to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families and to help them get a jump on creating a healthier summer. The Community Resource Fair will provide fun, active play and educational activities that will inspire kids to carry a spirit of excitement and exploration throughout their summer. Join the fun, free activities, raffle prizes, kids’ obstacle course and much more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will take place at University Park, corner of North California and East Magnolia streets, Stockton. For more information or to register, call (209) 472-9622 or visit www.ymcasjc.org or www.onyourmarkevents.com.

Plan, Shop & Save – Free Nutrition Class

April 14 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Vary Your Veggies – Free Nutrition Class

April 21 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Make Half Your Grains Whole – Free Nutrition Class

April 28 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Hygeia Health Fair Free for the Community

May 2 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The annual Hygeia Health Fair is sponsored as a free community service by the members of the Lambda Kappa Sigma international professional pharmacy fraternity at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3535 N. El Dorado St., Stockton. The following screenings and educational opportunities will be offered: Warfarin and drug disposal education; screening and nutritional education; screening for GERD and educating on heartburn plus Nausau, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation; anemia screening; blood pressure/glucose/cholesterol screening; anxiety/depression/alcoholism; medication cost assistance; body mass index (BMI) screening; MTM; DASH Diet education; stroke/medication waste management education; asthma/COPD screening; bone mineral density, fall risk, memory decline and geriatric depression; smoking cessation counseling and education; medication adherence education; syringe disposal education; and oral hygiene education.

Kentucky Derby West Supports Hospice of San Joaquin

May 2 (Saturday) Gates open at 1 p.m.: For the second year, Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary Lodi is proud to present “Kentucky Derby West” with proceeds going to the operation of Hospice House. Hospice of San Joaquin comforts and supports patients and families through the final phase of one’s amazing life journey. Hospice House is there for those patients who can no longer continue on this final journey in their home and need the caring support of medical, social and spiritual professionals around the clock. The Butterfly Auxiliaries collectively contribute proceeds from fundraising events to help maintain the house. Over 1,600 patients and families have been served since it opened in October 2004. During the event, watch the “Run for the Roses” live from Churchill Downs at Sargent Equestrian Center, 15757 E. Sargent Road, Lodi. There will be a silent and live auction, and you can join in the spirit of the Derby by symbolically owning one of the horses. Enjoy Mint Juleps in a traditional julep cup, bourbon and ciigars in the Jockey Locker, martinis in the Derby Salon and local wineries featured in the Churchill Wine Gardens. Dinner, Southern sweets and local wines will be served in the Grandstand Terrace. Tickets are $100 per person and you must be 21 or older. (50% tax deductible, $50 is Estimated Fair Market Value. Tax ID 94-2777980). Purchase tickets at www.hospicesj.org or (209) 922-0380.

Build Strong Bones – Free Nutrition Class

May 5 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Go Lean With Protein – Free Nutrition Class

May 12 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Breastfeeding Support: It Takes a Village

May 15 (Friday) 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: It’s time for the 2015 conference of the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County, but this will not be a typical breastfeeding conference. Our goal is to energize and mobilize the community to provide breastfeeding support. To that end, we have a terrific lineup of leading breastfeeding professionals and advocates from California as speakers. Click here for more information and click here to register for the conference. Information: Mary Woelfel at mwoelfel@sjcphs.org.

Brain Walk: The F.A.S.T. Track to Stroke Awareness

May 16 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Ready to walk over stigmas attached to strokes?  We are!!!  The first annual Stockton Brain Walk will be held at McLeod Lake Park at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel adjacent to the Weber Point Event Center at the corner of West Fremont and North Center streets, Stockton. A stroke can happen to anyone – young and old, rich or poor. Stroke symptoms occur “suddenly.” A stroke happens when oxygen and nutrients are blocked and do not reach a part of your brain. The longer the blockage, the more damage or disabilities occur. Our challenge:  Stroke is still a leading cause of death and the No. 1 cause of long-term adult disabilities. Many people do not know what a stroke is, the stroke symptoms or the risk factors.  Help us change that. 800,000 strokes happen in America yearly; about 180,000 of them are reoccurring strokes and this is a devastating crisis for family, friends and co-workers.  80 percent of the stroke can be prevented. Early recognition of the stroke symptoms can save you or your loved one’s quality of life. Your participation in our walk makes you a partner for stroke awareness and progress. Quick response to the stroke symptoms increases the best stroke care and increases the chances of recovery. The funds raised will help us increase stroke awareness and fuels our fight against stroke and long-term disability. Our focus is on the brain! Teams are welcome during the Brain Walk. Please go to this site to register: https://healingsinmotion.webconnex.com/registrationInformation: (877) 672-4480.

Make a Change & Celebrate – Free Nutrition Class

May 19 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Healthier Living in San Joaquin County

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease.  To sign up for a future workshop, contact (209) 944-8355.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471 or www.StJosephsCares.org/CarevanClinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.

NEWS

California Debuts Ads to Counter E-Cigarettes

Twenty-five years after launching the first anti-smoking advertisements in the state, the California Department of Public Health on March 23 premiered a series of television, digital, and outdoor ads in a new campaign called “Wake Up,” as part of its educational effort to inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes. “California has been a world leader in tobacco use prevention and cessation since 1990, with one of the lowest youth and adult smoking rates in the nation. The aggressive marketing and escalating use of e-cigarettes threatens to erode that progress,” said Dr. Karen Smith, newly appointed CDPH director and state health officer. CDPH recently released a report and health advisory highlighting areas of concern regarding e-cigarettes, including the sharp rise in e-cigarette use among California teens and young adults, the highly addictive nature of nicotine in e-cigarettes, the surge in accidental nicotine poisonings occurring in young children, and that secondhand e-cigarette emissions contain several toxic chemicals. Research shows that youth and young adults who use e-cigarettes are far more likely to also use traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. “Our advertising campaign is telling the public to ‘wake up’ to the fact that these are highly addictive products being mass marketed,” said Dr. Smith. The advertising campaign includes two television ads that feature songs from the 1950s and ‘60s and images portraying the health risks of e-cigarettes. One TV ad underscores the e-cigarette industry’s use of candy flavored ‘e-juice’ and products that entice the next generation to become addicted to nicotine. The second TV spot emphasizes the dangers and addictiveness of e-cigarettes, while exposing the fact that big tobacco companies are in the e-cigarette business. E-cigarettes are largely unregulated at the federal level and companies are not required to disclose what is in their products or how they are made. To inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes, CDPH launched an educational campaign in late January. The advertising component kicked off on March 23 and runs through June 2015, with TV and digital ads on websites, online radio and social media throughout the state. Outdoor ads, including billboards, at gas stations and in malls, and ads in movie theaters will be phased in throughout the campaign. This counter e-cigarette advertising campaign is part of CDPH’s ongoing anti- tobacco media efforts. In addition to the advertising, the CDPH educational campaign will include:

  • Partnering with the local public health, medical, and child care organizations to increase awareness about the known toxicity of e-cigarettes and the high risk of poisonings, especially to children, while continuing to promote and support the use of proven effective cessation therapies.
  • Joining with the California Department of Education and school officials to assist in providing accurate information to parents, students, teachers, and school administrators on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

The California Tobacco Control Program was established by the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. The act, approved by California voters, instituted a 25-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes and earmarked 5 cents of that tax to fund California’s tobacco control efforts. These efforts include supporting local health departments and community organizations, a media campaign, and evaluation and surveillance. California’s comprehensive approach has changed social norms around tobacco use and secondhand smoke. California’s tobacco control efforts have reduced both adult and youth smoking rates by 50 percent, saved more than 1 million lives and have resulted in $134 billion worth of savings in health care costs. Learn more at TobaccoFreeCA.com.

Manteca Unified Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

Knowing the importance of quick action upon a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, the hands-only CPR push was created by Manteca Unified School District Health Services’ Caroline Thibodeau and Secondary Education’s Tevani Liotard along with Manteca District Ambulance Service’s Jonathan Mendoza. Other agencies who take part are Manteca Fire Department, Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department and Stockton Fire Department. The group has presented a hands-Only CPR lecture and hands-on demonstration to all MUSD ninth-grade students. The lecture and presentation has been used throughout the MUSD high schools over the past 16 months. A total of 2,794 students and 73 adults have been taught the hands-only CPR to date. By the end of the school year, the number will increase to more than 3,500 students. All students get to experience hands-on by doing chest compression on a mannequin plus hearing and seeing the importance of quickly starting hands- only CPR quickly till help arrives. Paramedics, firefighters and teachers assist the students during the mannequin chest compression portion.  a majority of the students say, “Doing chest compressions is harder than I thought, but, I now feel I can do it or tell someone how to do it.” In December, a student at Manteca High School collapsed in the middle of class experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.  Due to the quick action of the vice principal, Manteca Police Department resource officer, Manteca District Ambulance EMTs and paramedics, Manteca firefighters and continuous care at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Stanford Hospital, this student is alive and has fully recovered.

Colon Cancer Can Be Prevented Through Regular Screening 

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, the American Cancer Society continues to work toward  increasing colorectal cancer awareness through the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) “80% by 2018” initiative to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (co-founded by ACS and CDC), the initiative’s nearly 200 supporting organizations  share the goal of having 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Colorectal cancer is a major cause of cancer-related deaths, and one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (polyps) in the colon before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether. “Colorectal cancer is a major health concern,” said David Veneziano, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society’s California Division.” All adults age 50 and older should be regularly tested, but many aren’t because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand there are testing options, or don’t think they can afford it. “Colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested,” Veneziano said. “There are several screening options – even take-home tests. Nearly all public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and local resources are available to help those who are uninsured.” While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the United States over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In 2014, 137,000 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in the United States. For more information, visit: www.cancer.org/fightcoloncancer.

Comprehensive Website Aims to Reduce Health Disparities

Welltopia, a new website launched by the California Department of Health Care Services and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, offers a wide range of essential resources to help Californians, especially those on limited incomes, build healthier lives and communities. Designed to complement the popularWelltopia by DHCS Facebook page, the new website at MyWelltopia.com serves as a comprehensive resource connecting individuals, families and communities to credible information that addresses the social determinants of health and other leading causes of preventable death. Many studies have shown that access to health care, education, employment, housing, nutritious foods and physical activity are among the fundamental drivers of health for individuals and their communities. Making reliable information and resources available for people of all ages is key to creating healthy environments. “We developed Welltopia to be a convenient and trusted source of information covering all three aspects of health — physical, mental and well-being,” said Neal Kohatsu, DHCS medical director. “We’ve made every effort to ensure that the resources are both accurate and accessible to consumers.” The Welltopia site organizes information into five categories — Well Body, Well Mind, Jobs & Training, Health Insurance, and Basic Needs. It includes information on nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, alcohol- and drug-abuse prevention, stress management, health insurance, residency and social services, among others. The site also contains videos, photos and graphics with information about health-related programs. There are free applications, such as fitness trackers, women’s health information, recipes and food journals to track daily calorie intake, and links to CalFresh, education, job placement resources and other social services. “Welltopia should be the first stop for persons seeking reliable information about the many determinants of health,” said Kenneth Kizer, IPHI director. “Its friendly format quickly guides users to practical and trustworthy sources.” The Department of Health Care Services manages California’s form of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal, which helps millions of low-income Californians obtain access to affordable, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder services, and long-term services and supports. DHCS aims to preserve and improve the health of all Californians. The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement fosters population health within the UC Davis Health System and communities throughout the state. IPHI’s mission is to create, apply and disseminate knowledge about the many determinants of health to improve health and health security, and to support activities that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities.

Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes

Read some facts from the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, click here.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds in Calaveras County

Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays): The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that now is a great time to check their cabinets for expired and unused prescription medication. Medication can be disposed of in a secure locker located in the lobby of the new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas. The Sheriff’s Office asks that pills be kept in their original bottles or dumped into Zip-Loc-style bags prior to being placed in the disposal locker. Sharps are not accepted.

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County offers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org(209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 orSJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.org.

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visitwww.foodaddicts.org.

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

Break From Stress

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information: SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.org or (209) 467-6550.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.

Adult Children With Aging Relatives

Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an eight-session smoking-cessation class for those wishing to become smoke free. Classes are held weekly in the Lodi Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Topics covered include benefits of quitting; ways to cope with quitting; how to deal with a craving; medications that help with withdrawal; and creating a support system. Call the Lodi Health Lung Health Line at (209) 339-7445 to register.

Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers 30 minute guided tours that provide expecting parents with a tour of Labor/Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and an overview of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. New mothers are provided information on delivery services, where to go and what to do once delivery has arrived, and each mother can create an individual birthing plan. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 944-8355. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes

Nutrition on the Move Class

Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.  Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Fridays 6 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health (in trailer at the rear of building), 2510 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-2000.

Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

Second Friday of every month: Participants will learn the basics about blood sugar monitoring, healthy foods, portion sizes, medications and self-management skills from a certified diabetic educator during this free class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information and registration: (209) 944-8355. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Education

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at 530 W. Acacia St., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Second Saturday of Every Month 10 a.m. to noon: Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meeting are for family, friends, caregivers and individuals with multiple sclerosis. We invite you to join us for a few moments of exchanging ideas and management skills to help you live and work with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease. Meetings are at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in Classroom 1 in the basement. Information: Laurie (209) 915-1730 or Velma (209) 951-2264.

All Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Third Saturday of month 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers community service educational class of prebirth education and mentoring. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit www.StJosephsCanHelp.org.

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
  2. Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
  3. For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
  • For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
  • For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.

Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
  4. Get vaccinated.

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.

  • Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:

Stockton (209) 468-3280

  • Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
  • Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

  • Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Tracy (209) 831-5930

  • Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Flu Shots in Calaveras County

Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.

  • Adults 50 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).

If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:

  • Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.

The flu vaccine is $16.  Medicare Part B is accepted.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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Joe’s Health Calendar March 27

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Fast For a Day, Food For a Week For a Hungry Family

Today Through March 31 (Tuesday): Stockton’s EFB Hunger Challenge is a campaign to raise awareness of food insufficiencies in our community. During the month of March, the Emergency Food Bank invites you to take the challenge and share your experience. We all know what it feels like to be hungry. When that happens, most of us just have to cook something or go and buy our food. However, some people in our community don’t have the ability or the luxury to do so. As a result, hundreds of families and individuals go hungry every day in our own community. They are our neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. It could be the person you see walking on the street as you go to work or the person in the car next to you at a stop light. The point is, we don’t always know who is affected by food insufficiencies. By taking the EFB Hunger Challenge, we hope to not only raise awareness of hunger in our community but also to provide a basic necessity of life to those in need. For more information, visit our website at www.EFBHungerChallenge.org for complete details.

New Medical Clinic Opening

April 1 (Wednesday) 10:30 ceremony followed by open house until 1 p.m.:  Community Medical Centers Inc. will be hosting an open house for its newest medical clinic at 1031 Waterloo Road, Stockton. A formal program will be capped by a ribbon cutting, followed by the open house with refreshments. Reservations are requested to Maria Flores at (209) 373-2831 or mflores@cmcenters.org. Since it began in Stockton a half-century ago, Community Medical Centers has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of low-income patients at 13 clinics throughout San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo counties.

Get Moving – Free Nutrition Class

April 7 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Build a Happier, Healthier Kid

April 11 (Saturday) 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Family Fun Run/Walk; Community Resource Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: YMCA of San Joaquin is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a Fun Run followed by a free Community Resource Fair to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families and to help them get a jump on creating a healthier summer. The Community Resource Fair will provide fun, active play and educational activities that will inspire kids to carry a spirit of excitement and exploration throughout their summer. Join the fun, free activities, raffle prizes, kids’ obstacle course and much more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will take place at University Park, corner of North California and East Magnolia streets, Stockton. For more information or to register, call (209) 472-9622 or visit www.ymcasjc.org or www.onyourmarkevents.com.

Plan, Shop & Save – Free Nutrition Class

April 14 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Vary Your Veggies – Free Nutrition Class

April 21 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Make Half Your Grains Whole – Free Nutrition Class

April 28 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Hygeia Health Fair Free for the Community

May 2 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The annual Hygeia Health Fair is sponsored as a free community service by the members of the Lambda Kappa Sigma international professional pharmacy fraternity at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3535 N. El Dorado St., Stockton. The following screenings and educational opportunities will be offered: Warfarin and drug disposal education; screening and nutritional education; screening for GERD and educating on heartburn plus Nausau, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation; anemia screening; blood pressure/glucose/cholesterol screening; anxiety/depression/alcoholism; medication cost assistance; body mass index (BMI) screening; MTM; DASH Diet education; stroke/medication waste management education; asthma/COPD screening; bone mineral density, fall risk, memory decline and geriatric depression; smoking cessation counseling and education; medication adherence education; syringe disposal education; and oral hygiene education.

Kentucky Derby West Supports Hospice of San Joaquin

May 2 (Saturday) Gates open at 1 p.m.: For the second year, Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary Lodi is proud to present “Kentucky Derby West” with proceeds going to the operation of Hospice House. Hospice of San Joaquin comforts and supports patients and families through the final phase of one’s amazing life journey. Hospice House is there for those patients who can no longer continue on this final journey in their home and need the caring support of medical, social and spiritual professionals around the clock. The Butterfly Auxiliaries collectively contribute proceeds from fundraising events to help maintain the house. Over 1,600 patients and families have been served since it opened in October 2004. During the event, watch the “Run for the Roses” live from Churchill Downs at Sargent Equestrian Center, 15757 E. Sargent Road, Lodi. There will be a silent and live auction, and you can join in the spirit of the Derby by symbolically owning one of the horses. Enjoy Mint Juleps in a traditional julep cup, bourbon and ciigars in the Jockey Locker, martinis in the Derby Salon and local wineries featured in the Churchill Wine Gardens. Dinner, Southern sweets and local wines will be served in the Grandstand Terrace. Tickets are $100 per person and you must be 21 or older. (50% tax deductible, $50 is Estimated Fair Market Value. Tax ID 94-2777980). Purchase tickets at www.hospicesj.org or (209) 922-0380.

Build Strong Bones – Free Nutrition Class

May 5 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Go Lean With Protein – Free Nutrition Class

May 12 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Breastfeeding Support: It Takes a Village

May 15 (Friday) 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: It’s time for the 2015 conference of the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County, but this will not be a typical breastfeeding conference. Our goal is to energize and mobilize the community to provide breastfeeding support. To that end, we have a terrific lineup of leading breastfeeding professionals and advocates from California as speakers. Click here for more information and click here to register for the conference. Information: Mary Woelfel at mwoelfel@sjcphs.org.

Brain Walk: The F.A.S.T. Track to Stroke Awareness

May 16 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Ready to walk over stigmas attached to strokes?  We are!!!  The first annual Stockton Brain Walk will be held at McLeod Lake Park at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel adjacent to the Weber Point Event Center at the corner of West Fremont and North Center streets, Stockton. A stroke can happen to anyone – young and old, rich or poor. Stroke symptoms occur “suddenly.” A stroke happens when oxygen and nutrients are blocked and do not reach a part of your brain. The longer the blockage, the more damage or disabilities occur. Our challenge:  Stroke is still a leading cause of death and the No. 1 cause of long-term adult disabilities. Many people do not know what a stroke is, the stroke symptoms or the risk factors.  Help us change that. 800,000 strokes happen in America yearly; about 180,000 of them are reoccurring strokes and this is a devastating crisis for family, friends and co-workers.  80 percent of the stroke can be prevented. Early recognition of the stroke symptoms can save you or your loved one’s quality of life. Your participation in our walk makes you a partner for stroke awareness and progress. Quick response to the stroke symptoms increases the best stroke care and increases the chances of recovery. The funds raised will help us increase stroke awareness and fuels our fight against stroke and long-term disability. Our focus is on the brain! Teams are welcome during the Brain Walk. Please go to this site to register: https://healingsinmotion.webconnex.com/registrationInformation: (877) 672-4480.

Make a Change & Celebrate – Free Nutrition Class

May 19 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Healthier Living in San Joaquin County

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease.  To sign up for a future workshop, contact (209) 944-8355.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471 or www.StJosephsCares.org/CarevanClinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.

NEWS

California Debuts Ads to Counter E-Cigarettes

Twenty-five years after launching the first anti-smoking advertisements in the state, the California Department of Public Health on March 23 premiered a series of television, digital, and outdoor ads in a new campaign called “Wake Up,” as part of its educational effort to inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes. “California has been a world leader in tobacco use prevention and cessation since 1990, with one of the lowest youth and adult smoking rates in the nation. The aggressive marketing and escalating use of e-cigarettes threatens to erode that progress,” said Dr. Karen Smith, newly appointed CDPH director and state health officer. CDPH recently released a report and health advisory highlighting areas of concern regarding e-cigarettes, including the sharp rise in e-cigarette use among California teens and young adults, the highly addictive nature of nicotine in e-cigarettes, the surge in accidental nicotine poisonings occurring in young children, and that secondhand e-cigarette emissions contain several toxic chemicals. Research shows that youth and young adults who use e-cigarettes are far more likely to also use traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. “Our advertising campaign is telling the public to ‘wake up’ to the fact that these are highly addictive products being mass marketed,” said Dr. Smith. The advertising campaign includes two television ads that feature songs from the 1950s and ‘60s and images portraying the health risks of e-cigarettes. One TV ad underscores the e-cigarette industry’s use of candy flavored ‘e-juice’ and products that entice the next generation to become addicted to nicotine. The second TV spot emphasizes the dangers and addictiveness of e-cigarettes, while exposing the fact that big tobacco companies are in the e-cigarette business. E-cigarettes are largely unregulated at the federal level and companies are not required to disclose what is in their products or how they are made. To inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes, CDPH launched an educational campaign in late January. The advertising component kicked off on March 23 and runs through June 2015, with TV and digital ads on websites, online radio and social media throughout the state. Outdoor ads, including billboards, at gas stations and in malls, and ads in movie theaters will be phased in throughout the campaign. This counter e-cigarette advertising campaign is part of CDPH’s ongoing anti- tobacco media efforts. In addition to the advertising, the CDPH educational campaign will include:

  • Partnering with the local public health, medical, and child care organizations to increase awareness about the known toxicity of e-cigarettes and the high risk of poisonings, especially to children, while continuing to promote and support the use of proven effective cessation therapies.
  • Joining with the California Department of Education and school officials to assist in providing accurate information to parents, students, teachers, and school administrators on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

The California Tobacco Control Program was established by the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. The act, approved by California voters, instituted a 25-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes and earmarked 5 cents of that tax to fund California’s tobacco control efforts. These efforts include supporting local health departments and community organizations, a media campaign, and evaluation and surveillance. California’s comprehensive approach has changed social norms around tobacco use and secondhand smoke. California’s tobacco control efforts have reduced both adult and youth smoking rates by 50 percent, saved more than 1 million lives and have resulted in $134 billion worth of savings in health care costs. Learn more at TobaccoFreeCA.com.

Manteca Unified Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

Knowing the importance of quick action upon a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, the hands-only CPR push was created by Manteca Unified School District Health Services’ Caroline Thibodeau and Secondary Education’s Tevani Liotard along with Manteca District Ambulance Service’s Jonathan Mendoza. Other agencies who take part are Manteca Fire Department, Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department and Stockton Fire Department. The group has presented a hands-Only CPR lecture and hands-on demonstration to all MUSD ninth-grade students. The lecture and presentation has been used throughout the MUSD high schools over the past 16 months. A total of 2,794 students and 73 adults have been taught the hands-only CPR to date. By the end of the school year, the number will increase to more than 3,500 students. All students get to experience hands-on by doing chest compression on a mannequin plus hearing and seeing the importance of quickly starting hands- only CPR quickly till help arrives. Paramedics, firefighters and teachers assist the students during the mannequin chest compression portion.  a majority of the students say, “Doing chest compressions is harder than I thought, but, I now feel I can do it or tell someone how to do it.” In December, a student at Manteca High School collapsed in the middle of class experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.  Due to the quick action of the vice principal, Manteca Police Department resource officer, Manteca District Ambulance EMTs and paramedics, Manteca firefighters and continuous care at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Stanford Hospital, this student is alive and has fully recovered.

Colon Cancer Can Be Prevented Through Regular Screening 

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, the American Cancer Society continues to work toward  increasing colorectal cancer awareness through the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) “80% by 2018” initiative to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (co-founded by ACS and CDC), the initiative’s nearly 200 supporting organizations  share the goal of having 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Colorectal cancer is a major cause of cancer-related deaths, and one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (polyps) in the colon before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether. “Colorectal cancer is a major health concern,” said David Veneziano, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society’s California Division.” All adults age 50 and older should be regularly tested, but many aren’t because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand there are testing options, or don’t think they can afford it. “Colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested,” Veneziano said. “There are several screening options – even take-home tests. Nearly all public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and local resources are available to help those who are uninsured.” While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the United States over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In 2014, 137,000 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in the United States. For more information, visit: www.cancer.org/fightcoloncancer.

Comprehensive Website Aims to Reduce Health Disparities

Welltopia, a new website launched by the California Department of Health Care Services and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, offers a wide range of essential resources to help Californians, especially those on limited incomes, build healthier lives and communities. Designed to complement the popularWelltopia by DHCS Facebook page, the new website at MyWelltopia.com serves as a comprehensive resource connecting individuals, families and communities to credible information that addresses the social determinants of health and other leading causes of preventable death. Many studies have shown that access to health care, education, employment, housing, nutritious foods and physical activity are among the fundamental drivers of health for individuals and their communities. Making reliable information and resources available for people of all ages is key to creating healthy environments. “We developed Welltopia to be a convenient and trusted source of information covering all three aspects of health — physical, mental and well-being,” said Neal Kohatsu, DHCS medical director. “We’ve made every effort to ensure that the resources are both accurate and accessible to consumers.” The Welltopia site organizes information into five categories — Well Body, Well Mind, Jobs & Training, Health Insurance, and Basic Needs. It includes information on nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, alcohol- and drug-abuse prevention, stress management, health insurance, residency and social services, among others. The site also contains videos, photos and graphics with information about health-related programs. There are free applications, such as fitness trackers, women’s health information, recipes and food journals to track daily calorie intake, and links to CalFresh, education, job placement resources and other social services. “Welltopia should be the first stop for persons seeking reliable information about the many determinants of health,” said Kenneth Kizer, IPHI director. “Its friendly format quickly guides users to practical and trustworthy sources.” The Department of Health Care Services manages California’s form of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal, which helps millions of low-income Californians obtain access to affordable, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder services, and long-term services and supports. DHCS aims to preserve and improve the health of all Californians. The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement fosters population health within the UC Davis Health System and communities throughout the state. IPHI’s mission is to create, apply and disseminate knowledge about the many determinants of health to improve health and health security, and to support activities that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities.

Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes

Read some facts from the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, click here.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds in Calaveras County

Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays): The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that now is a great time to check their cabinets for expired and unused prescription medication. Medication can be disposed of in a secure locker located in the lobby of the new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas. The Sheriff’s Office asks that pills be kept in their original bottles or dumped into Zip-Loc-style bags prior to being placed in the disposal locker. Sharps are not accepted.

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County offers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org(209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 orSJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.org.

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visitwww.foodaddicts.org.

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

Break From Stress

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information: SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.org or (209) 467-6550.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.

Adult Children With Aging Relatives

Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an eight-session smoking-cessation class for those wishing to become smoke free. Classes are held weekly in the Lodi Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Topics covered include benefits of quitting; ways to cope with quitting; how to deal with a craving; medications that help with withdrawal; and creating a support system. Call the Lodi Health Lung Health Line at (209) 339-7445 to register.

Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers 30 minute guided tours that provide expecting parents with a tour of Labor/Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and an overview of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. New mothers are provided information on delivery services, where to go and what to do once delivery has arrived, and each mother can create an individual birthing plan. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 944-8355. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes

Nutrition on the Move Class

Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.  Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Fridays 6 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health (in trailer at the rear of building), 2510 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-2000.

Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

Second Friday of every month: Participants will learn the basics about blood sugar monitoring, healthy foods, portion sizes, medications and self-management skills from a certified diabetic educator during this free class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information and registration: (209) 944-8355. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Education

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at 530 W. Acacia St., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Second Saturday of Every Month 10 a.m. to noon: Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meeting are for family, friends, caregivers and individuals with multiple sclerosis. We invite you to join us for a few moments of exchanging ideas and management skills to help you live and work with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease. Meetings are at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in Classroom 1 in the basement. Information: Laurie (209) 915-1730 or Velma (209) 951-2264.

All Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Third Saturday of month 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers community service educational class of prebirth education and mentoring. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit www.StJosephsCanHelp.org.

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
  2. Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
  3. For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
  • For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
  • For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.

Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
  4. Get vaccinated.

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.

  • Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:

Stockton (209) 468-3280

  • Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
  • Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

  • Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Tracy (209) 831-5930

  • Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Flu Shots in Calaveras County

Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.

  • Adults 50 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).

If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:

  • Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.

The flu vaccine is $16.  Medicare Part B is accepted.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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Joe’s Health Calendar March 26

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Fast For a Day, Food For a Week For a Hungry Family

Today Through March 31 (Tuesday): Stockton’s EFB Hunger Challenge is a campaign to raise awareness of food insufficiencies in our community. During the month of March, the Emergency Food Bank invites you to take the challenge and share your experience. We all know what it feels like to be hungry. When that happens, most of us just have to cook something or go and buy our food. However, some people in our community don’t have the ability or the luxury to do so. As a result, hundreds of families and individuals go hungry every day in our own community. They are our neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. It could be the person you see walking on the street as you go to work or the person in the car next to you at a stop light. The point is, we don’t always know who is affected by food insufficiencies. By taking the EFB Hunger Challenge, we hope to not only raise awareness of hunger in our community but also to provide a basic necessity of life to those in need. For more information, visit our website at www.EFBHungerChallenge.org for complete details.

HEAL 2015 Promising Practices Exchange

March 26 (today) 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Building a healthy Delta and Gold Country through policy, systems and environmental change. Read the event flier here. Join the Delta and Gold Country Service Area Training and Resource Center and the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Collaborative for a day of sharing promising practices, engaging discussions and recognition of the successes and commitment of those working to education, engage and empower low-income communities to eat healthy and be active.The Falls Event Center, 8280 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove. Information: Alicia Tutt at (916) 556-3344 or atutt@healthedcouncil.org. Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PPE2015Registration.

New Medical Clinic Opening

April 1 (Wednesday) 10:30 ceremony followed by open house until 1 p.m.:  Community Medical Centers Inc. will be hosting an open house for its newest medical clinic at 1031 Waterloo Road, Stockton. A formal program will be capped by a ribbon cutting, followed by the open house with refreshments. Reservations are requested to Maria Flores at (209) 373-2831 or mflores@cmcenters.org. Since it began in Stockton a half-century ago, Community Medical Centers has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of low-income patients at 13 clinics throughout San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo counties.

Get Moving – Free Nutrition Class

April 7 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Build a Happier, Healthier Kid

April 11 (Saturday) 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Family Fun Run/Walk; Community Resource Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: YMCA of San Joaquin is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a Fun Run followed by a free Community Resource Fair to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families and to help them get a jump on creating a healthier summer. The Community Resource Fair will provide fun, active play and educational activities that will inspire kids to carry a spirit of excitement and exploration throughout their summer. Join the fun, free activities, raffle prizes, kids’ obstacle course and much more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will take place at University Park, corner of North California and East Magnolia streets, Stockton. For more information or to register, call (209) 472-9622 or visit www.ymcasjc.org or www.onyourmarkevents.com.

Plan, Shop & Save – Free Nutrition Class

April 14 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Vary Your Veggies – Free Nutrition Class

April 21 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Make Half Your Grains Whole – Free Nutrition Class

April 28 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Hygeia Health Fair Free for the Community

May 2 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The annual Hygeia Health Fair is sponsored as a free community service by the members of the Lambda Kappa Sigma international professional pharmacy fraternity at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3535 N. El Dorado St., Stockton. The following screenings and educational opportunities will be offered: Warfarin and drug disposal education; screening and nutritional education; screening for GERD and educating on heartburn plus Nausau, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation; anemia screening; blood pressure/glucose/cholesterol screening; anxiety/depression/alcoholism; medication cost assistance; body mass index (BMI) screening; MTM; DASH Diet education; stroke/medication waste management education; asthma/COPD screening; bone mineral density, fall risk, memory decline and geriatric depression; smoking cessation counseling and education; medication adherence education; syringe disposal education; and oral hygiene education.

Kentucky Derby West Supports Hospice of San Joaquin

May 2 (Saturday) Gates open at 1 p.m.: For the second year, Hospice of San Joaquin Butterfly Auxiliary Lodi is proud to present “Kentucky Derby West” with proceeds going to the operation of Hospice House. Hospice of San Joaquin comforts and supports patients and families through the final phase of one’s amazing life journey. Hospice House is there for those patients who can no longer continue on this final journey in their home and need the caring support of medical, social and spiritual professionals around the clock. The Butterfly Auxiliaries collectively contribute proceeds from fundraising events to help maintain the house. Over 1,600 patients and families have been served since it opened in October 2004. During the event, watch the “Run for the Roses” live from Churchill Downs at Sargent Equestrian Center, 15757 E. Sargent Road, Lodi. There will be a silent and live auction, and you can join in the spirit of the Derby by symbolically owning one of the horses. Enjoy Mint Juleps in a traditional julep cup, bourbon and ciigars in the Jockey Locker, martinis in the Derby Salon and local wineries featured in the Churchill Wine Gardens. Dinner, Southern sweets and local wines will be served in the Grandstand Terrace. Tickets are $100 per person and you must be 21 or older. (50% tax deductible, $50 is Estimated Fair Market Value. Tax ID 94-2777980). Purchase tickets at www.hospicesj.org or (209) 922-0380.

Build Strong Bones – Free Nutrition Class

May 5 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Go Lean With Protein – Free Nutrition Class

May 12 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Breastfeeding Support: It Takes a Village

May 15 (Friday) 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: It’s time for the 2015 conference of the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County, but this will not be a typical breastfeeding conference. Our goal is to energize and mobilize the community to provide breastfeeding support. To that end, we have a terrific lineup of leading breastfeeding professionals and advocates from California as speakers. Click here for more information and click here to register for the conference. Information: Mary Woelfel at mwoelfel@sjcphs.org.

Brain Walk: The F.A.S.T. Track to Stroke Awareness

May 16 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Ready to walk over stigmas attached to strokes?  We are!!!  The first annual Stockton Brain Walk will be held at McLeod Lake Park at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel adjacent to the Weber Point Event Center at the corner of West Fremont and North Center streets, Stockton. A stroke can happen to anyone – young and old, rich or poor. Stroke symptoms occur “suddenly.” A stroke happens when oxygen and nutrients are blocked and do not reach a part of your brain. The longer the blockage, the more damage or disabilities occur. Our challenge:  Stroke is still a leading cause of death and the No. 1 cause of long-term adult disabilities. Many people do not know what a stroke is, the stroke symptoms or the risk factors.  Help us change that. 800,000 strokes happen in America yearly; about 180,000 of them are reoccurring strokes and this is a devastating crisis for family, friends and co-workers.  80 percent of the stroke can be prevented. Early recognition of the stroke symptoms can save you or your loved one’s quality of life. Your participation in our walk makes you a partner for stroke awareness and progress. Quick response to the stroke symptoms increases the best stroke care and increases the chances of recovery. The funds raised will help us increase stroke awareness and fuels our fight against stroke and long-term disability. Our focus is on the brain! Teams are welcome during the Brain Walk. Please go to this site to register: https://healingsinmotion.webconnex.com/registrationInformation: (877) 672-4480.

Make a Change & Celebrate – Free Nutrition Class

May 19 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. You will learn to: prepare new healthy recipes; make your food dollars count; understand food labels; eat more fruits and vegetables; build strong bones; and increase physical activity. Information: (209) 468-3821. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Healthier Living in San Joaquin County

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease.  To sign up for a future workshop, contact (209) 944-8355.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471 or www.StJosephsCares.org/CarevanClinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.

NEWS

California Debuts Ads to Counter E-Cigarettes

Twenty-five years after launching the first anti-smoking advertisements in the state, the California Department of Public Health on March 23 premiered a series of television, digital, and outdoor ads in a new campaign called “Wake Up,” as part of its educational effort to inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes. “California has been a world leader in tobacco use prevention and cessation since 1990, with one of the lowest youth and adult smoking rates in the nation. The aggressive marketing and escalating use of e-cigarettes threatens to erode that progress,” said Dr. Karen Smith, newly appointed CDPH director and state health officer. CDPH recently released a report and health advisory highlighting areas of concern regarding e-cigarettes, including the sharp rise in e-cigarette use among California teens and young adults, the highly addictive nature of nicotine in e-cigarettes, the surge in accidental nicotine poisonings occurring in young children, and that secondhand e-cigarette emissions contain several toxic chemicals. Research shows that youth and young adults who use e-cigarettes are far more likely to also use traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. “Our advertising campaign is telling the public to ‘wake up’ to the fact that these are highly addictive products being mass marketed,” said Dr. Smith. The advertising campaign includes two television ads that feature songs from the 1950s and ‘60s and images portraying the health risks of e-cigarettes. One TV ad underscores the e-cigarette industry’s use of candy flavored ‘e-juice’ and products that entice the next generation to become addicted to nicotine. The second TV spot emphasizes the dangers and addictiveness of e-cigarettes, while exposing the fact that big tobacco companies are in the e-cigarette business. E-cigarettes are largely unregulated at the federal level and companies are not required to disclose what is in their products or how they are made. To inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes, CDPH launched an educational campaign in late January. The advertising component kicked off on March 23 and runs through June 2015, with TV and digital ads on websites, online radio and social media throughout the state. Outdoor ads, including billboards, at gas stations and in malls, and ads in movie theaters will be phased in throughout the campaign. This counter e-cigarette advertising campaign is part of CDPH’s ongoing anti- tobacco media efforts. In addition to the advertising, the CDPH educational campaign will include:

  • Partnering with the local public health, medical, and child care organizations to increase awareness about the known toxicity of e-cigarettes and the high risk of poisonings, especially to children, while continuing to promote and support the use of proven effective cessation therapies.
  • Joining with the California Department of Education and school officials to assist in providing accurate information to parents, students, teachers, and school administrators on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

The California Tobacco Control Program was established by the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. The act, approved by California voters, instituted a 25-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes and earmarked 5 cents of that tax to fund California’s tobacco control efforts. These efforts include supporting local health departments and community organizations, a media campaign, and evaluation and surveillance. California’s comprehensive approach has changed social norms around tobacco use and secondhand smoke. California’s tobacco control efforts have reduced both adult and youth smoking rates by 50 percent, saved more than 1 million lives and have resulted in $134 billion worth of savings in health care costs. Learn more at TobaccoFreeCA.com.

Manteca Unified Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

Knowing the importance of quick action upon a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, the hands-only CPR push was created by Manteca Unified School District Health Services’ Caroline Thibodeau and Secondary Education’s Tevani Liotard along with Manteca District Ambulance Service’s Jonathan Mendoza. Other agencies who take part are Manteca Fire Department, Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department and Stockton Fire Department. The group has presented a hands-Only CPR lecture and hands-on demonstration to all MUSD ninth-grade students. The lecture and presentation has been used throughout the MUSD high schools over the past 16 months. A total of 2,794 students and 73 adults have been taught the hands-only CPR to date. By the end of the school year, the number will increase to more than 3,500 students. All students get to experience hands-on by doing chest compression on a mannequin plus hearing and seeing the importance of quickly starting hands- only CPR quickly till help arrives. Paramedics, firefighters and teachers assist the students during the mannequin chest compression portion.  a majority of the students say, “Doing chest compressions is harder than I thought, but, I now feel I can do it or tell someone how to do it.” In December, a student at Manteca High School collapsed in the middle of class experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.  Due to the quick action of the vice principal, Manteca Police Department resource officer, Manteca District Ambulance EMTs and paramedics, Manteca firefighters and continuous care at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Stanford Hospital, this student is alive and has fully recovered.

Colon Cancer Can Be Prevented Through Regular Screening 

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, the American Cancer Society continues to work toward  increasing colorectal cancer awareness through the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) “80% by 2018” initiative to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (co-founded by ACS and CDC), the initiative’s nearly 200 supporting organizations  share the goal of having 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Colorectal cancer is a major cause of cancer-related deaths, and one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (polyps) in the colon before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether. “Colorectal cancer is a major health concern,” said David Veneziano, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society’s California Division.” All adults age 50 and older should be regularly tested, but many aren’t because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand there are testing options, or don’t think they can afford it. “Colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested,” Veneziano said. “There are several screening options – even take-home tests. Nearly all public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and local resources are available to help those who are uninsured.” While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the United States over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In 2014, 137,000 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in the United States. For more information, visit: www.cancer.org/fightcoloncancer.

Comprehensive Website Aims to Reduce Health Disparities

Welltopia, a new website launched by the California Department of Health Care Services and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, offers a wide range of essential resources to help Californians, especially those on limited incomes, build healthier lives and communities. Designed to complement the popularWelltopia by DHCS Facebook page, the new website at MyWelltopia.com serves as a comprehensive resource connecting individuals, families and communities to credible information that addresses the social determinants of health and other leading causes of preventable death. Many studies have shown that access to health care, education, employment, housing, nutritious foods and physical activity are among the fundamental drivers of health for individuals and their communities. Making reliable information and resources available for people of all ages is key to creating healthy environments. “We developed Welltopia to be a convenient and trusted source of information covering all three aspects of health — physical, mental and well-being,” said Neal Kohatsu, DHCS medical director. “We’ve made every effort to ensure that the resources are both accurate and accessible to consumers.” The Welltopia site organizes information into five categories — Well Body, Well Mind, Jobs & Training, Health Insurance, and Basic Needs. It includes information on nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, alcohol- and drug-abuse prevention, stress management, health insurance, residency and social services, among others. The site also contains videos, photos and graphics with information about health-related programs. There are free applications, such as fitness trackers, women’s health information, recipes and food journals to track daily calorie intake, and links to CalFresh, education, job placement resources and other social services. “Welltopia should be the first stop for persons seeking reliable information about the many determinants of health,” said Kenneth Kizer, IPHI director. “Its friendly format quickly guides users to practical and trustworthy sources.” The Department of Health Care Services manages California’s form of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal, which helps millions of low-income Californians obtain access to affordable, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder services, and long-term services and supports. DHCS aims to preserve and improve the health of all Californians. The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement fosters population health within the UC Davis Health System and communities throughout the state. IPHI’s mission is to create, apply and disseminate knowledge about the many determinants of health to improve health and health security, and to support activities that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities.

Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes

Read some facts from the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, click here.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds in Calaveras County

Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays): The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that now is a great time to check their cabinets for expired and unused prescription medication. Medication can be disposed of in a secure locker located in the lobby of the new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas. The Sheriff’s Office asks that pills be kept in their original bottles or dumped into Zip-Loc-style bags prior to being placed in the disposal locker. Sharps are not accepted.

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County offers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org(209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 orSJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.org.

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visitwww.foodaddicts.org.

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

Break From Stress

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information: SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.org or (209) 467-6550.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.

Adult Children With Aging Relatives

Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an eight-session smoking-cessation class for those wishing to become smoke free. Classes are held weekly in the Lodi Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Topics covered include benefits of quitting; ways to cope with quitting; how to deal with a craving; medications that help with withdrawal; and creating a support system. Call the Lodi Health Lung Health Line at (209) 339-7445 to register.

Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers 30 minute guided tours that provide expecting parents with a tour of Labor/Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and an overview of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. New mothers are provided information on delivery services, where to go and what to do once delivery has arrived, and each mother can create an individual birthing plan. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 944-8355. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes

Nutrition on the Move Class

Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.  Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Fridays 6 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health (in trailer at the rear of building), 2510 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-2000.

Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

Second Friday of every month: Participants will learn the basics about blood sugar monitoring, healthy foods, portion sizes, medications and self-management skills from a certified diabetic educator during this free class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information and registration: (209) 944-8355. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Education

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at 530 W. Acacia St., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Second Saturday of Every Month 10 a.m. to noon: Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meeting are for family, friends, caregivers and individuals with multiple sclerosis. We invite you to join us for a few moments of exchanging ideas and management skills to help you live and work with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease. Meetings are at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in Classroom 1 in the basement. Information: Laurie (209) 915-1730 or Velma (209) 951-2264.

All Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Third Saturday of month 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers community service educational class of prebirth education and mentoring. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit www.StJosephsCanHelp.org.

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
  2. Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
  3. For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
  • For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
  • For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.

Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
  4. Get vaccinated.

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.

  • Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:

Stockton (209) 468-3280

  • Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
  • Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

  • Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Tracy (209) 831-5930

  • Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Flu Shots in Calaveras County

Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.

  • Adults 50 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).

If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:

  • Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.

The flu vaccine is $16.  Medicare Part B is accepted.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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