Bi-National Community Health Fairs in San Joaquin County
Free health services include:
• Flu-Shots (Limited Supply)
• BMI Screenings
• Blood Glucose Screenings
• Cholestorol /Hypertension Screening
• Hearing /Vision Test
• Dental Screenings
• Bone Density Screenings
• Nutrition Information
• Affordable Care Act Info.
• Zumba Demonstration
• Raffle Prizes
• Kids Fun Zone & Much More
• New! Fresh Fest (Health & Fitness Presentations)
- Oct. 10 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Multicultural Health and Community Fair, Normandy Village Shopping Center, 7908 West Lane, Stockton.
- Oct. 17 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Filipino Center, 6 W. Main St., Stockton.
- Oct. 24 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: San Joaquin General Hospital, 500 W. Hospital Road, French Camp.
- Oct. 25 (Sunday) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dia de los Campesinos, California Human Development, Hale Park, 165 N. Stockton St., Lodi.
Free Multicultural Health and Community Fair in Stockton
Oct. 10 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: West Lane Oaks Family Resource Center, part of the Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin County, is planning its eighth Annual Multicultural Health and Community Fair at the Normandy Village Shopping Center, northeast corner of Hammer and West lanes, Stockton, in the parking lot adjacent to Carl’s Jr. We hope that you can join us this year and help to make our event a success. The goal of the Multicultural Health and Community Fair is to educate the community on where and how to find resources and programs through the various agencies in attendance and to celebrate our cultural diversity. Over 50 agencies participated at last year’s event. These agencies, such as social service agencies, health providers and financial planning, provided free services and assisted families with their various needs. We also provided activities for children. Over 600 families attended our event last year, and this year we hope to attract more than 1,000 families. Information: (209) 644-8619.
Free Medicare Drug Coverage Clinics
Trained student pharmacists from the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, are helping Medicare beneficiaries save money, review their medications and provide free health screenings and services. In the past eight years, they have conducted 86 outreach events in 18 cities, assisted 3,665 beneficiaries with their Medicare Part D drug plan, helped 876 non-English-speaking beneficiaries, served 1,117 low-income beneficiaries and donated 12,592 hours of volunteer time, saving beneficiaries $3.3 million – an average savings of $896 per beneficiary. General information:go.pacific.edu/medicare or (209) 932-2958. Those attending a clinic should bring:
- Red, white and blue Medicare card.
- All your prescription medications.
- Your Pacific Healthcare Passport, if you’ve attended a previous Medicare Part D event. Don’t worry if you can’t find it.
You will be assisted in reviewing your Medicare Part D Plan to see if your costs can be lowered; checking your medications to make sure they are safe to take together; getting vaccinated with the seasonal flu and/or pneumococcal vaccines; checking your blood pressure, bone density, cholesterol, blood sugar, risk for falls, mental health, asthma and more. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Call the phone number for the event you plan to attend:
- Oct. 17 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, 751 Brookside Road, Stockton; (209) 946-7658.
- Oct. 18 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley; (510) 981-4100.
- Oct. 20 (Tuesday) 1 to 6 p.m.: Northeast Community Center, 2885 E. Harding Way, Stockton; (209) 468-3918.
- Oct. 24 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael; (916) 375-3301.
- Oct. 25 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose; (209) 831-4230.
- Oct. 27 (Tuesday) 1 to 6 p.m.: Tracy Community Center, 950 East St., Tracy; (209) 831-4230.
- Oct. 29 (Thursday) 1 to 6 p.m.: LOEL Senior Center, 105 S. Washington St., Lodi; (209) 369-1591.
- Nov. 7 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Merlo Gym, 2044 Fair St., Stockton; (209) 444-5555.
- Nov. 8 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: JCCSF, 3200 California St., San Francisco; (415) 292-1200.
- Nov. 13 (Friday) 1 to 6 p.m.: First Congregational Church, 3409 Brookside Road, Stockton; (209) 951-8545.
- Nov. 15 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: O’Connor Woods, 3400 Wagner Heights Road, Stockton; (209) 956-3400.
- Nov. 17 (Tuesday) 1 to 7 p.m.: Hutchins Street Square, Kirst Hall, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi; (209) 333-5550.
- Nov. 21 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland; (510) 343-2473.
Celebrate Care Givers With an Inner Safari
Nov. 14 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Healings in Motion presents its annual day to honor and recognize care givers: An Inner Safari – A Joyful Day to Relax, Retool and Renew. Event will be held at Robert Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Drive, Stockton. Information and registration: Click here.
Take a 1 Day Stand Against Tobacco
Nov. 19 (Thursday) all day: The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI) is asking colleges and universities from across the country to take a 1Day Stand against tobacco in observance of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. By hosting a 1Day Stand event on campus, colleges and universities can help campus community members quit tobacco, raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, and promote smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies – ultimately starting a conversation that ends in a healthier campus for all. Campus activity tools, promotional signage, sample surveys, talking points, press releases, social media posts, etc. can be found at www.1DayStand.org. Campuses that register their event on the website will be recognized by the TFCCI for their efforts.
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/Carevan. Clinic 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.
$20,000 Health Grants Available
The Sierra Health Foundation Center for Health Program Management has announced the second round of funding through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund. The fund is offering grants of up to $20,000 for new prospective grantees working to promote community health and health equity within the eight targeted San Joaquin Valley counties – Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare. Local recipients in the first round of funding included Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin, Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, and People and Congregations Together. Applications are due by noon Dec. 1 and awards will be announced in March. Applicants are encouraged to review the 2015 Funding Opportunity and participate in a proposer conference Oct. 6, 8 and 9 or a webinar on Oct. 15. Information can be found on the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund web page at http://www.shfcenter.org/sjvhealthfund. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund was launched in the fall of 2014 and is supported by Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment, the Rosenberg Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Following the launch, a San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Briefing Paper and Mapping Report were released highlighting the Valley’s challenges and opportunities.
Tobacco Bans, Taxes Discourage Teens From Taking Up Smoking
Banning smoking in the workplace and increasing taxes on cigarettes have discouraged teens and young adults from taking up smoking, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Merced. The study, published Sept. 8 in JAMA Pediatrics, used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, which was established to study the health, education, attitudes and lifestyle habits of close to 4,000 respondents — representative of the U.S. population — over the course of 11 years. The researchers found that a 100 percent smoke-free environment reduced the odds of taking up smoking by one third. During the period studied, smoke-free laws at the state, county and city level were becoming more commonplace and comprehensive, and cigarette taxes had increased. In 1997, no respondent had a 100 percent probability of being covered by a smoke-free workplace law; by 2007, smoke-free workplace laws were in effect for 27.3 percent of respondents. The probability of being covered by smoke-free restaurant laws increased from 11.6 percent to 43.3 percent over that same time period, and the probability of smoke-free bar laws increased from 11.6 percent to 36 percent. The researchers found that adolescents and young adults living in areas with 100 percent smoke-free bar laws were 20 percent less likely to be smokers, and that current smokers smoked 15 percent fewer days per month than those not living under these laws. Anna Song, a health psychology professor with the UC Merced Health Sciences Research Institute and the study’s first author, said smoke-free laws can deter smoking among young people even before they are of an age where some of the laws affect them directly. “Because smoking initiation typically occurs before youth enter the workplace, smoke-free workplace laws likely affect smoking initiation by showing kids that adult smoking norms reject smoking,” she said. “The effects of smoke-free laws are similar or larger than other determinants of smoking, including age, sex, race/ethnicity and poverty level.” “Smoke-free workplace laws have the most powerful effect on smoking initiation, equivalent to the deterrent impact of a $1.57 tax increase,” said UCSF Professor Stanton Glantz, the lead researcher on the study. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, federal tax jumped from 24 cents per pack in 1995, two years before the study period, to $1.01 per pack in 2009, two years after the study period. The average state taxes for 1995 and 2009 had increased from 32.7 cents to $1.20 per pack. The authors found that these tax hikes had an impact on par with the effects of smoke-free workplace laws, with each 10-cent tax increase followed by a 3 percent drop in the odds of smoking initiation. “Our results suggest that the $2 tax increase being discussed in the California Legislature would cut youth smoking initiation nearly in half,” Glantz said. The study was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Other authors of the study are Lauren Dutra, of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education; and Torsten Neilands, of the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and the Department of Medicine.
Dameron Hospital Upgrades CT Imaging
To improve clinical and operational capabilities and reduce radiation dose in CT imaging, Dameron Hospital is upgrading its existing CT scanning system with the Toshiba VeloCT console. According to Dr. Bradley Reinke, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer of Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, the VeloCT console includes dose reduction technology and dose management tools, making exams safer for patients. The new console also offers advanced hardware that produces faster exams, improving the clinical and operational capabilities of the unit. “The VeloCT console allows our facility to utilize the most advanced CT technologies without purchasing an entirely new system,” Reinke said. “We will be able to generate 128 slices per rotation which effectively doubles our current image quality. The faster imaging speed also helps us increase workflow and bring new and more advanced imaging studies to our patients. This takes us to the next level of imaging technology.” Dameron CEO Lorraine Auerbach said: “Dameron Hospital is in the process of upgrading a number of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging systems. As part of our commitment to delivering the highest levels of care and service, we want to give our physicians and patients access to the industry’s best CT solutions, which supports the delivery of the best patient care available. This is another step towards realizing our vision of becoming the hospital of choice in the Central Valley.”
San Joaquin County Reports Increase in Shigella
San Joaquin County Public Health Services reminds and encourages people to wash their hands and stay home from work or school if they have diarrhea. This recommendation is even more important following an increase in the number of people reported to PHS during 2015 with Shigella infections. Shigella infection has been confirmed in 66 people so far this year in San Joaquin County; historically only about 10 cases of Shigella infection are confirmed annually. Shigellosis is a highly infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. People infected with Shigella may have stomach cramping, mild or severe diarrhea, often with traces of blood or mucus in the stool and fever. Some infected people may not show any symptoms. Symptoms occur from 1-7 days after exposure, but usually within 1-3 days. Symptoms last an average of 4-7 days. Most Shigella infections are the result of bacteria passing from improperly washed hands of one person to the mouth of another person, often through handling contaminated objects or food. Poor hand washing and hygiene (especially after changing diapers or toileting) increases the risk of infection. Shigella infections are particularly likely to occur among toddlers who are not fully toilet-trained. Family members and playmates of such children are at high risk of becoming infected. “Regular and frequent hand washing with soap and running water is the single most important preventive measure to interrupt the spread of shigellosis,” said Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, San Joaquin County’s assistant public health officer. “Everyone should thoroughly wash their hands after using the restroom or changing diapers and before eating or preparing food. People diagnosed with Shigella infection should be especially vigilant in their hand washing practices.” Persons with any diarrheal illness should stay home from child care, school or group activities, and should not participate in jobs involving food preparation or health care until their diarrhea has resolved. Routine and thorough hand washing and cleaning of surfaces in the above settings is important to limiting the spread of the disease. Health care providers are required to report Shigella infections to Public Health Services. PHS is following up with each diagnosed person to help minimize the risk of spreading the infection to friends, family and other contacts. People who experience diarrhea for more than two days should see their health care provider and ask about being tested for Shigella. This is especially true for people who had contact with someone diagnosed with Shigella. Antibiotics can be prescribed to treat shigellosis and also decrease the time a person can pass the infection to others. Washing hands prevents disease.
Giving Up Car Keys Linked to Depression in Seniors
Older adults who have stopped driving are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression and nearly five times as likely to enter a long-term care facility as those who remain behind the wheel, according to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Columbia University. The study examined older adults who have permanently given up driving and the impact it has on their health and mental well-being. The importance of understanding the effects this lifestyle change has on older adults is essential, as the number of drivers aged 65 and older continues to increase in the United States with nearly 81 percent of the 39.5 million seniors in this age group still behind the wheel. “The decision to stop driving, whether voluntary or involuntary, appears to contribute to a variety of health problems for seniors, particularly depression as social circles are greatly reduced,” AAA Northern California spokeswoman Cynthia Harris said. “When the decision is made to relinquish the keys, it is vital to counteract the negative effects through participation in programs that allow seniors to remain mobile and socially connected.” The AAA Foundation’s report on Driving Cessation and Health Outcomes for Older Adults examined declines in general health and physical, social and cognitive functions in former drivers. For seniors who stopped driving, the study found:
- Diminished productivity and low participation in daily life activities outside of the home.
- Risk of depression nearly doubled.
- Fifty-one percent reduction in the size of social networks over a 13-year period.
- Accelerated decline in cognitive ability over a 10-year period.
- Former drivers were five times as likely to be admitted to a long-term care facility.
As a leading advocate for senior driver safety AAA provides many programs and resources for senior drivers including Roadwise Review. Roadwise Review Online is a free, confidential screening/self-assessment tool developed by AAA to help older drivers measure certain mental and physical abilities important for safe driving. In as little as 30 minutes, users can identify and get further guidance on the physical and mental skills that need improvement — all in the privacy of their own home. For more information on all the free resources AAA offers to older drivers, visit SeniorDriving.AAA.com.
Drought Food Boxes Available in San Joaquin County
On Jan. 17, 2014, the governor declared a Drought State of Emergency in California and required the California Department of Social Services to develop a plan to provide food assistance to communities with high levels of unemployment due to the drought. CDSS created the Drought Food Assistance Program (DFAP) as a temporary effort designed to provide food aid during the drought. Since the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency is the official emergency food distribution agency for the county, CDSS issued HSA access to up to 30,416 Drought Food Boxes (prepackaged food boxes that will feed a family of four for five days).
Food Box Info:
- Designed to provide enough food for a household of 4 people for up to 5 days
- Contain nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food, such as canned fruits and vegetables, soup, peanut butter, rice, and beans.
For Drought Food Box locations, download the flier here.
Need Help in San Joaquin County? Call 2-1-1
Have no money for food? Just lost your job? Sick and need a health clinic? Depressed? How do I file taxes? Call 2-1-1 for help. Click here for the flier.
AMA Strengthens Youth Policy on E-Cigarettes
With the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes among the nation’s youth, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted new policy to further strengthen its support of regulatory oversight of electronic cigarettes. The policy calls for the passage of laws and regulations that would: set the minimum legal purchase age for electronic cigarettes and their liquid nicotine refills at 21 years old; require liquid nicotine to be packaged in child-resistant containers; and urge strict enforcement of laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey, e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014. The survey data showed e-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 – an increase from approximately 660,000 to 2 million students. Among middle school students, the data indicated that e-cigarette use more than tripled from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014 – an increase from approximately 120,000 to 450,000 students. “The AMA continues to advocate for more stringent policies to protect our country’s youth from the dangers of tobacco use and improve public health. The AMA’s newest policy expands on the AMA’s longtime efforts to help keep all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, out of the hands of young people, by urging laws to deter the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21,” AMA President Dr. Robert Wah said. “We also urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to act now to implement its proposed rule to effectively regulate electronic cigarettes.” The new policy extends existing AMA policy adopted in 2013 and 2014 calling for all electronic cigarettes to be subject to the same regulations and oversight that the FDA applies to tobacco and nicotine products, seeking tighter marketing restrictions on manufacturers, and prohibiting claims that electronic cigarettes are effective tobacco cessation tools. “Improving the health of the nation is AMA’s top priority and we will continue to advocate for policies that help reduce the burden of preventable diseases like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, both of which can be linked to smoking,” Wah said.
Valley Children’s, Stanford Partner on Pediatric Programs
Valley Children’s Healthcare of Madera and Stanford University School of Medicine will partner to create a graduate medical education program based at Valley Children’s Hospital. “Valley Children’s is taking the lead in training the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric surgical and medical specialists,” said Dr. David Christensen, Valley Children’s chief medical officer. “With Stanford as our academic partner, we’ll prepare doctors to continue providing the highest quality medical care for children.” The “Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program, Affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine” will allow Valley Children’s residents to have rotations and learning opportunities at the Palo Alto campus and for Stanford’s residents to learn here. The fellowship program at Valley Children’s will be the first of its kind in the Valley. It will train doctors to become pediatric subspecialists, building on the highest quality of exceptional care in service lines like pediatric surgery, gastroenterology and emergency medicine. “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Valley Children’s in the creation of a new, pediatric-focused teaching program in Central California and for our current residents and fellows to rotate at Valley Children’s,” said Dr. Lloyd Minor, dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Valley Children’s is one of the largest children’s hospitals in California and has the state’s busiest emergency department for patients younger than 21 years of age. By spending time there, our residents will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of complex and critically ill patients in a short period of time.” A unique aspect of the Pediatric Residency and Fellowship programs will be Valley Children’s partnership with hospitals and medical groups throughout the area. Valley Children’s residents and fellows will have the opportunity for rotations at partner locations – including Kaiser Permanente and Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno and Dignity Health – and local pediatricians’ offices. “These relationships are key to the success of our program,” said Valley Children’s President and CEO Todd Suntrapak. “One of our goals is to attract pediatricians and subspecialists to our area and keep them here. That means more Valley families will have access to the care they need, right where they live. One of the best ways we can do this is by exposing our residents and fellows to the diverse practice opportunities that exist in the Central Valley. We are grateful that so many groups are committed to helping Valley Children’s train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists.” Leading the new program is Valley Children’s Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Jolie Limon. Limon joined Valley Children’s as a pediatric hospitalist in 2000. She has won numerous teaching awards during her tenure and her areas of expertise include resident leadership and interprofessional education. “This is an exciting time,” Limon said. “I look forward to building a program that not only trains exceptional pediatricians but also creates future leaders in pediatric care for the Valley. Valley Children’s Hospital has a wealth of wonderful clinicians, educators and patients by which to sustain an amazing training program.” Valley Children’s Hospital will continue to serve as a teaching site for more than 190 residents and medical students in a dozen other programs, including those based at Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Visalia, Mercy Medical Center in Merced and Clinica Sierra Vista in Fresno.
California Endowment Unveils New Website
The California Endowment, the state’s largest health foundation, today unveiled its new website – designed to bring more tools and features to its users, and allowing The Endowment to better connect with its many partner organizations, as well as thought leaders and the people of California. “Our new site is an important engine to support The Endowment’s work to transform communities across California, and improve the fundamental health status of all Californians,” said Dr. Robert Ross, M.D., chief executive officer. “The site’s new features allow us to reach more people and ultimately help realize more change throughout California.” The website offers a fresh design and fully integrates with today’s digital environment. It’s mobile friendly and easily accessible with new tools, interactive graphics, timely information and links to The Endowment’s social media platforms. Please visit the site at www.calendow.org.
Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting
Chronic conditions are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and the biggest contributor to health care costs. But there is wide variation in their incidence, with major differences depending on age, income, race and ethnicity, and insurance status. In addition, many Californians with chronic conditions are delaying needed care because of cost. Californians with the Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting looks at five major chronic conditions — asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and serious psychological distress — and how each of these affects Californians. Among the key findings:
- About 40% of adults reported having at least one of the five chronic conditions studied.
- High blood pressure is the most common chronic condition, affecting about one in four, or 7.6 million, adults in California.
- As income rises, the prevalence of chronic conditions falls. Adults living under 138% of the federal poverty level were more likely to have two or more chronic conditions (14%) than those in the highest income group, 400%+ of the federal poverty level (8%).
- Of Californians with psychological distress, 34% delayed needed medical care, and 27% delayed filling prescriptions. Cost or lack of insurance was frequently cited as the reason for these delays.
- Of Californians age 65 or older, 70% have at least one chronic condition, compared to 26% of those age 18 to 39.
This report is published as part of the CHCF California Health Care Almanac, an online clearinghouse for key data and analysis examining California’s health care marketplace. Find all Almanac reports at www.chcf.org/almanac.
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.
HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare
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
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Weberstown Mall Walkers Program
This program is free, fun and for everyone. Weberstown Mall, 4950 Pacific Ave., Stockton, is open for walkers seven mornings each week – 7:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday – with exercise programs including line dance, aerobics, tai chi, yoga and more from Monday through Saturday. Participants are responsible for their own safety and the security of any possessions they bring with them to the mall. The mall does require that all participants sign a Registration & Release form (available from the Mall Walk Coordinator), and respect the Mall’s “Standards of Conduct” (available from security). The mall also recommends that you consult with your physician or other health care provider before undertaking any new exercise program, or in the event that you experience any pain, shortness of breath or other discomfort while engaging in any exercise. Seating, restrooms and a drinking fountain are available. Strollers are fine. Information: www.stocktonmallwalk.wordpress.com or like Weberstown Walkers on Facebook.
Cambodian and Hmong Language Diabetes Classes
The Cambodian and Hmong communities of Stockton are invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Khmer and Hmong languages. 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 email@example.com, (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.
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 details. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes. Ask about programs in English, Spanish and Hmong. Daytime and evening classes. Specialized exercise programs. Let a St. Joseph’s diabetes navigator guide you to success.
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.
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San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information
Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:
- Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
- Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
- 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:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
- 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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