Joe’s Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS

A New Era in Stroke Care

July 26 (Tuesday) 12:30 to 2 p.m.: You’re invited to learn about “A New Era in Stroke Care” hosted by Central Valley Recovery-Awareness-Preventing Strokes. CV-RAPS asks, “are we turning a historic corner in stroke care?” According to a statement from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, we are at a new era in stroke care. A new endovascular stroke therapy is at hand. Many acute stroke patients can be saved from death or severe, lifelong disability. At CV-RAPS, we will review current treatment options, new clot buster agent iV tPA and Intervention. Want to meet stroke coordinators, social workers, clinicians and others working in stroke care? This is a unique opportunity as many come together to grow from different perspectives of stroke care. Today’s speaker will be Mary Velasquez, MS, NP, ACNP-BC; Center of Excellence & Development Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator, STEMI Center Program Manager, Chest Pain l Stroke Center Coordinator, Clinical Research Coordinator, CV Data Manager at Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. The program will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Basement Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 1800 W. California St., Stockton. Go towww.healingsinmotion.org to learn more and register for lunch.

Eat Smart Be Active: Go Lean With Protein in Sierra Vista Homes

July 28 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Eat Smart Be Active: Make a Change in Sierra Vista Homes

Aug. 4 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

5th Annual Breastfeeding Celebration

Aug. 6 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Delta Health Care will host its fifth annual Breastfeeding Celebration. This free community event is in observance of World Breastfeeding Week and open to the public. It will be held in the parking lot of Delta Health Care, 4662 Precissi Lane, Stockton. Sponsored in part by First 5 San Joaquin and Health Plan of San Joaquin, the event will feature various resources and support for breastfeeding moms, new and expectant parents, and families with young children 0-5. Attendees will be able to connect with community resources; take pictures in our photo booth; sample our WIC food recipes; participate in our human milk drive; and network with other families. There will be raffle prizes, giveaways, games, cute baby items for purchase, and much more! For more information about the event visit our website at www.breastfeedingcelebration.org or contact us at Delta Health Care (209) 477-0378.

Eat Smart Be Active: Celebrate! Eat Smart in Sierra Vista Homes

Aug. 11 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Multicultural Health & Community Fair

Oct. 8 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Multicultural Health & Community Fair at Normandy Village Shopping Center, 7908 West Lane, Stockton. Come meet the people serving you and our community. Fun for all ages with over 40 booths, raffle baskets, health education, nutrition information, community resources and entertainment including dancing, singing, music, rapping, poetry and more. Information at facebook.com/mchfair15.

2016 Healthy and Hunger Free Summit

Oct. 11 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: The Hunger Task Force for San Joaquin County is sponsoring the 2016 Healthy and Hunger Free Summit at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2901 Arch Airport Road, Stockton. There will be informative discussion regarding hunger solutions to being healthy and hunger free. Topics include keynote address by Dr. Hillary Seligman from the University of California, San Francisco; local landscape of healthy food access; vulnerable populations such as youth/children, college students, seniors/veterans; and innovative practices panel. More information to come.

Diabetes Exercise Program – Free in Stockton

You may be qualified for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s free 10-week supervised diabetes exercise program. Exercise in a supervised, safe environment with an individualized program. Regular exercise has been shown to help control blood sugar as well as lower the risk of diabetes-related health complications such as heart disease and stroke. Classes will be held twice a week at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Each participant will have an individual evaluation and personalized program. Classes are designed to build strength while increasing endurance and flexibility. And they are supervised closely by qualified exercise trainers. Information: Paul Vosti at (209) 461-5157 or paul.vosti@dignityhealth.org.

More Than Walking For Health at the Mall

Doors open for walkers 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday: The Weberstown Walkers program includes walking, aerobics, line dance, yoga and a variety of tai chi programs, all free and open to the public seven days a week. Participants are responsible for their own safety and the security of any possessions they bring with them to theWeberstown Mall, 4950 Pacific Ave., Stockton.  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. Escape heat, cold and rain outside to enjoy window-shopping inside while you stroll or stride the half-mile circuit around the interior of the mall. Bring a friend or make a friend. People of all ages are welcome. We recommend comfortable, supportive shoes, and it’s a good idea to bring drinking water. Seating, restrooms and a drinking fountain are available. Strollers are fine. Information:www.stocktonmallwalk.wordpress.com or like Weberstown Walkers on Facebook.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

NOTE CHANGE: Wednesday clinic temporarily postponed. 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.
  • 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

Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims Seeking Help and Support

Imagine 450 or 500 people or more coming through your house each year. Hundreds of people, including small children, living, sleeping, cooking and eating. Think about the degree of wear and tear on the house. Now imagine that volume of people every year for five years, even a decade. How about more than 30 years? This is the scenario at DAWN House, Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services’ shelter for domestic violence victims, which houses up to 40 people at a time and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “These families who are in crisis, who are fleeing domestic violence. They come into the shelter scared, not knowing what to expect. We want to make sure it’s a healing place where they can put their lives back together,” said Joelle Gomez, Women’s Center-YFS’ CEO. Gomez says that maintaining a safe, functional and welcoming shelter, while serving hundreds of families a year, is a constant challenge. “We rely on community donations to help replace furniture and large appliances. So much of our furniture is old and worn out. Right now we need a lot of help to make the shelter a more comfortable, livable space for our families.” The organization is asking people to pitch in to help them reach their goal of $20,000. Community members can donate at www.womensenteryfs.org, or by calling (209) 941-2611. All funds raised will be used to purchase couches, chairs, cribs, tables and chairs, dressers, and a large freezer for food storage. Gomez said the campaign is about much more than the practical matter of replacing old furniture. The goal is to make the shelter feel as much like a real home as possible. “In the end, this isn’t about furniture. It’s about a safe place for a baby to sleep, it’s about providing a place for support groups to meet or families to share a meal. It’s about giving peace to these families.” Women’s Center-YFS is San Joaquin County’s only provider of free, confidential shelter and services specifically designed to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homeless and runaway youth. Each year the agency serves more than 20,000 individuals through its direct services and community outreach, including more than 700 women, children and youth who stay in its four shelters annually. The mission of Women’s Center–Youth & Family Services is to build a stronger community by fostering the strengths in individuals and by acting as a catalyst to end violence and youth homelessness. For more information about the Women’s Center-YFS and its programs and services, or to donate please visit www.womenscenteryfs.org.

Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

Beginning June 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they may come to the United States as they wait for their immigrant visa to become available. This parole policy was announced in the White House report, Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Centuryissued in July 2015. An estimated 2,000 to 6,000 Filipino-American World War II veterans are living in the United States today. Among other things, this policy will enable many eligible individuals to provide support and care to their aging veteran family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. “The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program honors the thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to fight for the United States during World War II,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez said. “This policy will allow certain Filipino-American family members awaiting immigrant-visa issuance to come to the United States and be with their loved ones. For many, it will also allow them to provide support and care for elderly veterans or their surviving spouses.” With the exception of immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, the number of family-sponsored immigrant visas available by country of origin in any given year is limited by statute. These limits result in long waiting periods before family members may join petitioning U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States and become permanent residents themselves. For some Filipino-American families, this wait can exceed 20 years. Under the policy, certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans may be eligible to receive a discretionary grant of parole to come to the United States before their visa becomes available. In limited cases, certain eligible relatives will be able to seek parole on their own behalf when their Filipino World War II veteran and his or her spouse are both deceased. Under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, USCIS will review each case individually to determine whether authorizing parole is appropriate.  When each individual arrives at a U.S. port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also review each case to determine whether to parole the individual. Legal authority for this parole policy comes from the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to parole into the United States certain individuals, on a case-by-case basis, for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Additional information about the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program—including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file—is available in the revised Form I-131 instructions and the Federal Register notice. We will not accept applications under this policy until June 8, 2016.  USCIS strongly encourages eligible individuals interested in requesting parole under the FWVP Program do so within five years from June 8, 2016. For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

HPSJ Focus of New JAMA Dermatology Research

French Camp-based Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) pointed to a new study funded by the California Healthcare Foundation and published May 4, 2016 in the research journal JAMA Dermatology that found reason to hope HPSJ’s innovative investment in technology resources can help expand members’ access to quality health care, provide more convenience for busy families, and deliver timely services from increasingly scarce specialist resources. HPSJ was the data source for this study.  RAND Corporation researchers noted in their study’s abstract: “Results indicate that the introduction of teledermatology achieved the aim of increasing access to dermatologists in a large Medicaid managed care plan.” HPSJ, a not-for-profit, managed care health plan, has been serving members and the community since 1996. Located in the heart of California’s multicultural Central Valley, HPSJ is the leading Medi-Cal Managed Care provider in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. HPSJ offers a broad network of providers and works closely with physicians to develop programs and services to ensure quality health care for over 330,000 members. HPSJ CEO Amy Shin said that HPSJ’s Palo Alto-based contractor, Direct Dermatology, allows board certified dermatologists to remotely diagnose and treat problems of the skin, hair and nails – and for HPSJ members to be referred by their PCP (primary care provider) for this service.  “Increasingly popular, over 4,000 HPSJ members are now accessing Direct Dermatology,” she added. Citing the introduction of Direct Dermatology services in 2012, Shin added, “We continue to work closely with health care providers to develop accessible programs, and customer-friendly technologies for our members.  The point of all our efforts is so that HPSJ members can have expanded access, more convenience and self-care opportunities, and timely delivery of services with measurably high standards of quality.” The RAND researchers concluded: “The offering of teledermatology appears to improve access to care among Medicaid enrollees and played an especially important role for newly enrolled patients. This particular model, and teledermatology in general, offer promise for other Medicaid plans that struggle with meeting the specialty care needs of traditional as well as new enrollees.” HPSJ Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Analytics Johnathan Yeh, Pharm.D., said, ”The technology, online services and mobile apps – like WebMD, HPSJ’s high-security member online portal, and Direct Dermatology – all augment our provider network and expand health care and medical services for members.“ Shin said, “As the RAND study researchers pointed out, implementation of the Affordable Care Act in January 2014 brought about extraordinary membership growth for Medicaid plans (Medi-Cal in California).  At HPSJ we’ve seen our membership grow by more than a third.  Maintaining our network with enough health care providers will remain an ongoing challenge.” Resource:   Journal of JAMA Dermatology – JAMA investigation, Effect of Teledermatology on Access to Dermatology Care Among Medicaid Enrollees.

Department of Insurance Online Complaint Center Available

The California Department of Insurance has announced that several portals are now available to assist consumers, insurers and health care providers in communicating and interacting with the department through the complaint process. The new portals provide simple and helpful solutions for California consumers and insurers. Users are now able to submit complaint applications while using a desktop or smart device. Additionally both the consumer and licensee portal allows users to upload supporting documents directly to their online application, saving time and moneyClick here for the Consumer and Provider Complaint Center“Since taking office I have put a concerted effort into improving our processes by increasing efficiency to better serve consumers and the insurance industry,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “The new online portal will help consumers, insurers and health care providers navigate the complaint process with ease and in less time than ever before.” Consumers who become registered users can use the consumer portal to check the status of a complaint, upload additional documents and create a draft complaint which allows the user to complete and submit the complaint at their convenience. The licensee portal allows fluid two-way communication between the department and its licensees. Licensees are able to upload resources and supporting documentation related to their complaint.

Zika Virus Information From CDC, County Public Health

The Zika virus is an evolving public health issue in many countries and travelers from San Joaquin County should take precautions to prevent infection when traveling. Public Health Services has posted easy to find Zika information on its website homepage http://www.sjcphs.org/.

Resources for Victims of Violence in San Joaquin County

Here’s the latest list of government and nonprofit resources for victims of violence in Stockton and San Joaquin County:

$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.

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.

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.

Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting

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GET THE CHARTS 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.

See the complete report and charts now. 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.

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

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

Child Passenger Safety Seat Classes

  • Free car seat safety classes in English are held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Free car seat safety classes in Spanish are held the second Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m., 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.
  • Free car seat fitting station is held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Public Health Services Clinic parking lot, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.

Registration/appointments are recommended. Phone (209) 468-8914 or (209) 468-8637.

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 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. 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.

Self-Help Mental Health Group Meeting in downtown Stockton

Fridays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Recovery International (RI) holds lay-led, self-help mental health group meetings at St. John the Evangelist Church, 316 N. El Dorado St. (at the corner of Miner Avenue), Stockton, in the church office building. Meetings offer understanding and support, hope and reassurance, special techniques for wellness. Learn about anger management, and how to deal effectively with stress, anxiety, panic or worry, sleep problems, depression or fatigue, feeling of helplessness or hopelessness, and other emotional problems. Plenty of free well-lit parking; enter from northbound El Dorado. Everyone is welcome. Information: (209) 684-8204 or (916) 684-8204.

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)

UPDATED: 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) 468-3832 or (800) 839-4949.

  • 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.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic and family planning: Tuesday* 1-4 p.m.;Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m. walk-in and by appointment; Friday 1-4 p.m.
  • PrEP*: Monday 8-11 a.m.
  • Tuberculosis skin testing: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
  • LTBI Treatment*: Monday 8-11 a.m.; Tuesday 8-11 a.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
  • B-1 Immigrant*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.
  • Shelter Screening: Monday 8-11 a.m.; Tuesday 8-11 a.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m.

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

  • Immunizations (temporary 2016 schedule for walk-ins): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on the following dates: March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 31; September 14, 28; October 12, 26; November 9, 23; December 7, 21.

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.

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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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Free screening of ‘FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point’

July 23 (Saturday) 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.: “FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” is a powerful new documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform. The film was two years in the making, with more than 40 voices advocating for reform, including activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders. This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health while still remaining unaffordable for millions of Americans. Join Single Payer San Joaquin for this outstanding screening event at Health Plan of San Joaquin, Community Room,  7751 S. Manthey Road, French Camp (just south of San Joaquin General Hospital on I-5).  A panel discussion and Q&A will follow. Light refreshments provided. Admission is free. Information at (209) 242-2254 or www.singlepayersanjoaquin.org​.

A New Era in Stroke Care

July 26 (Tuesday) 12:30 to 2 p.m.: You’re invited to learn about “A New Era in Stroke Care” hosted by Central Valley Recovery-Awareness-Preventing Strokes. CV-RAPS asks, “are we turning a historic corner in stroke care?” According to a statement from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, we are at a new era in stroke care. A new endovascular stroke therapy is at hand. Many acute stroke patients can be saved from death or severe, lifelong disability. At CV-RAPS, we will review current treatment options, new clot buster agent iV tPA and Intervention. Want to meet stroke coordinators, social workers, clinicians and others working in stroke care? This is a unique opportunity as many come together to grow from different perspectives of stroke care. Today’s speaker will be Mary Velasquez, MS, NP, ACNP-BC; Center of Excellence & Development Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator, STEMI Center Program Manager, Chest Pain l Stroke Center Coordinator, Clinical Research Coordinator, CV Data Manager at Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. The program will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Basement Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 1800 W. California St., Stockton. Go towww.healingsinmotion.org to learn more and register for lunch.

Eat Smart Be Active: Go Lean With Protein in Sierra Vista Homes

July 28 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Eat Smart Be Active: Make a Change in Sierra Vista Homes

Aug. 4 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

5th Annual Breastfeeding Celebration

Aug. 6 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Delta Health Care will host its fifth annual Breastfeeding Celebration. This free community event is in observance of World Breastfeeding Week and open to the public. It will be held in the parking lot of Delta Health Care, 4662 Precissi Lane, Stockton. Sponsored in part by First 5 San Joaquin and Health Plan of San Joaquin, the event will feature various resources and support for breastfeeding moms, new and expectant parents, and families with young children 0-5. Attendees will be able to connect with community resources; take pictures in our photo booth; sample our WIC food recipes; participate in our human milk drive; and network with other families. There will be raffle prizes, giveaways, games, cute baby items for purchase, and much more! For more information about the event visit our website at www.breastfeedingcelebration.org or contact us at Delta Health Care (209) 477-0378.

Eat Smart Be Active: Celebrate! Eat Smart in Sierra Vista Homes

Aug. 11 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Multicultural Health & Community Fair

Oct. 8 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Multicultural Health & Community Fair at Normandy Village Shopping Center, 7908 West Lane, Stockton. Come meet the people serving you and our community. Fun for all ages with over 40 booths, raffle baskets, health education, nutrition information, community resources and entertainment including dancing, singing, music, rapping, poetry and more. Information at facebook.com/mchfair15.

2016 Healthy and Hunger Free Summit

Oct. 11 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: The Hunger Task Force for San Joaquin County is sponsoring the 2016 Healthy and Hunger Free Summit at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2901 Arch Airport Road, Stockton. There will be informative discussion regarding hunger solutions to being healthy and hunger free. Topics include keynote address by Dr. Hillary Seligman from the University of California, San Francisco; local landscape of healthy food access; vulnerable populations such as youth/children, college students, seniors/veterans; and innovative practices panel. More information to come.

Diabetes Exercise Program – Free in Stockton

You may be qualified for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s free 10-week supervised diabetes exercise program. Exercise in a supervised, safe environment with an individualized program. Regular exercise has been shown to help control blood sugar as well as lower the risk of diabetes-related health complications such as heart disease and stroke. Classes will be held twice a week at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Each participant will have an individual evaluation and personalized program. Classes are designed to build strength while increasing endurance and flexibility. And they are supervised closely by qualified exercise trainers. Information: Paul Vosti at (209) 461-5157 or paul.vosti@dignityhealth.org.

More Than Walking For Health at the Mall

Doors open for walkers 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday: The Weberstown Walkers program includes walking, aerobics, line dance, yoga and a variety of tai chi programs, all free and open to the public seven days a week. Participants are responsible for their own safety and the security of any possessions they bring with them to theWeberstown Mall, 4950 Pacific Ave., Stockton.  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. Escape heat, cold and rain outside to enjoy window-shopping inside while you stroll or stride the half-mile circuit around the interior of the mall. Bring a friend or make a friend. People of all ages are welcome. We recommend comfortable, supportive shoes, and it’s a good idea to bring drinking water. Seating, restrooms and a drinking fountain are available. Strollers are fine. Information:www.stocktonmallwalk.wordpress.com or like Weberstown Walkers on Facebook.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

NOTE CHANGE: Wednesday clinic temporarily postponed. 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.
  • 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

Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims Seeking Help and Support

Imagine 450 or 500 people or more coming through your house each year. Hundreds of people, including small children, living, sleeping, cooking and eating. Think about the degree of wear and tear on the house. Now imagine that volume of people every year for five years, even a decade. How about more than 30 years? This is the scenario at DAWN House, Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services’ shelter for domestic violence victims, which houses up to 40 people at a time and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “These families who are in crisis, who are fleeing domestic violence. They come into the shelter scared, not knowing what to expect. We want to make sure it’s a healing place where they can put their lives back together,” said Joelle Gomez, Women’s Center-YFS’ CEO. Gomez says that maintaining a safe, functional and welcoming shelter, while serving hundreds of families a year, is a constant challenge. “We rely on community donations to help replace furniture and large appliances. So much of our furniture is old and worn out. Right now we need a lot of help to make the shelter a more comfortable, livable space for our families.” The organization is asking people to pitch in to help them reach their goal of $20,000. Community members can donate at www.womensenteryfs.org, or by calling (209) 941-2611. All funds raised will be used to purchase couches, chairs, cribs, tables and chairs, dressers, and a large freezer for food storage. Gomez said the campaign is about much more than the practical matter of replacing old furniture. The goal is to make the shelter feel as much like a real home as possible. “In the end, this isn’t about furniture. It’s about a safe place for a baby to sleep, it’s about providing a place for support groups to meet or families to share a meal. It’s about giving peace to these families.” Women’s Center-YFS is San Joaquin County’s only provider of free, confidential shelter and services specifically designed to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homeless and runaway youth. Each year the agency serves more than 20,000 individuals through its direct services and community outreach, including more than 700 women, children and youth who stay in its four shelters annually. The mission of Women’s Center–Youth & Family Services is to build a stronger community by fostering the strengths in individuals and by acting as a catalyst to end violence and youth homelessness. For more information about the Women’s Center-YFS and its programs and services, or to donate please visit www.womenscenteryfs.org.

Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

Beginning June 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they may come to the United States as they wait for their immigrant visa to become available. This parole policy was announced in the White House report, Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Centuryissued in July 2015. An estimated 2,000 to 6,000 Filipino-American World War II veterans are living in the United States today. Among other things, this policy will enable many eligible individuals to provide support and care to their aging veteran family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. “The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program honors the thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to fight for the United States during World War II,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez said. “This policy will allow certain Filipino-American family members awaiting immigrant-visa issuance to come to the United States and be with their loved ones. For many, it will also allow them to provide support and care for elderly veterans or their surviving spouses.” With the exception of immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, the number of family-sponsored immigrant visas available by country of origin in any given year is limited by statute. These limits result in long waiting periods before family members may join petitioning U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States and become permanent residents themselves. For some Filipino-American families, this wait can exceed 20 years. Under the policy, certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans may be eligible to receive a discretionary grant of parole to come to the United States before their visa becomes available. In limited cases, certain eligible relatives will be able to seek parole on their own behalf when their Filipino World War II veteran and his or her spouse are both deceased. Under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, USCIS will review each case individually to determine whether authorizing parole is appropriate.  When each individual arrives at a U.S. port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also review each case to determine whether to parole the individual. Legal authority for this parole policy comes from the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to parole into the United States certain individuals, on a case-by-case basis, for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Additional information about the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program—including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file—is available in the revised Form I-131 instructions and the Federal Register notice. We will not accept applications under this policy until June 8, 2016.  USCIS strongly encourages eligible individuals interested in requesting parole under the FWVP Program do so within five years from June 8, 2016. For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

HPSJ Focus of New JAMA Dermatology Research

French Camp-based Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) pointed to a new study funded by the California Healthcare Foundation and published May 4, 2016 in the research journal JAMA Dermatology that found reason to hope HPSJ’s innovative investment in technology resources can help expand members’ access to quality health care, provide more convenience for busy families, and deliver timely services from increasingly scarce specialist resources. HPSJ was the data source for this study.  RAND Corporation researchers noted in their study’s abstract: “Results indicate that the introduction of teledermatology achieved the aim of increasing access to dermatologists in a large Medicaid managed care plan.” HPSJ, a not-for-profit, managed care health plan, has been serving members and the community since 1996. Located in the heart of California’s multicultural Central Valley, HPSJ is the leading Medi-Cal Managed Care provider in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. HPSJ offers a broad network of providers and works closely with physicians to develop programs and services to ensure quality health care for over 330,000 members. HPSJ CEO Amy Shin said that HPSJ’s Palo Alto-based contractor, Direct Dermatology, allows board certified dermatologists to remotely diagnose and treat problems of the skin, hair and nails – and for HPSJ members to be referred by their PCP (primary care provider) for this service.  “Increasingly popular, over 4,000 HPSJ members are now accessing Direct Dermatology,” she added. Citing the introduction of Direct Dermatology services in 2012, Shin added, “We continue to work closely with health care providers to develop accessible programs, and customer-friendly technologies for our members.  The point of all our efforts is so that HPSJ members can have expanded access, more convenience and self-care opportunities, and timely delivery of services with measurably high standards of quality.” The RAND researchers concluded: “The offering of teledermatology appears to improve access to care among Medicaid enrollees and played an especially important role for newly enrolled patients. This particular model, and teledermatology in general, offer promise for other Medicaid plans that struggle with meeting the specialty care needs of traditional as well as new enrollees.” HPSJ Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Analytics Johnathan Yeh, Pharm.D., said, ”The technology, online services and mobile apps – like WebMD, HPSJ’s high-security member online portal, and Direct Dermatology – all augment our provider network and expand health care and medical services for members.“ Shin said, “As the RAND study researchers pointed out, implementation of the Affordable Care Act in January 2014 brought about extraordinary membership growth for Medicaid plans (Medi-Cal in California).  At HPSJ we’ve seen our membership grow by more than a third.  Maintaining our network with enough health care providers will remain an ongoing challenge.” Resource:   Journal of JAMA Dermatology – JAMA investigation, Effect of Teledermatology on Access to Dermatology Care Among Medicaid Enrollees.

Department of Insurance Online Complaint Center Available

The California Department of Insurance has announced that several portals are now available to assist consumers, insurers and health care providers in communicating and interacting with the department through the complaint process. The new portals provide simple and helpful solutions for California consumers and insurers. Users are now able to submit complaint applications while using a desktop or smart device. Additionally both the consumer and licensee portal allows users to upload supporting documents directly to their online application, saving time and moneyClick here for the Consumer and Provider Complaint Center“Since taking office I have put a concerted effort into improving our processes by increasing efficiency to better serve consumers and the insurance industry,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “The new online portal will help consumers, insurers and health care providers navigate the complaint process with ease and in less time than ever before.” Consumers who become registered users can use the consumer portal to check the status of a complaint, upload additional documents and create a draft complaint which allows the user to complete and submit the complaint at their convenience. The licensee portal allows fluid two-way communication between the department and its licensees. Licensees are able to upload resources and supporting documentation related to their complaint.

Zika Virus Information From CDC, County Public Health

The Zika virus is an evolving public health issue in many countries and travelers from San Joaquin County should take precautions to prevent infection when traveling. Public Health Services has posted easy to find Zika information on its website homepage http://www.sjcphs.org/.

Resources for Victims of Violence in San Joaquin County

Here’s the latest list of government and nonprofit resources for victims of violence in Stockton and San Joaquin County:

$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.

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.

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.

Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting

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GET THE CHARTS 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.

See the complete report and charts now. 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.

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

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

Child Passenger Safety Seat Classes

  • Free car seat safety classes in English are held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Free car seat safety classes in Spanish are held the second Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m., 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.
  • Free car seat fitting station is held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Public Health Services Clinic parking lot, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.

Registration/appointments are recommended. Phone (209) 468-8914 or (209) 468-8637.

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 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. 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.

Self-Help Mental Health Group Meeting in downtown Stockton

Fridays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Recovery International (RI) holds lay-led, self-help mental health group meetings at St. John the Evangelist Church, 316 N. El Dorado St. (at the corner of Miner Avenue), Stockton, in the church office building. Meetings offer understanding and support, hope and reassurance, special techniques for wellness. Learn about anger management, and how to deal effectively with stress, anxiety, panic or worry, sleep problems, depression or fatigue, feeling of helplessness or hopelessness, and other emotional problems. Plenty of free well-lit parking; enter from northbound El Dorado. Everyone is welcome. Information: (209) 684-8204 or (916) 684-8204.

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)

UPDATED: 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) 468-3832 or (800) 839-4949.

  • 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.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic and family planning: Tuesday* 1-4 p.m.;Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m. walk-in and by appointment; Friday 1-4 p.m.
  • PrEP*: Monday 8-11 a.m.
  • Tuberculosis skin testing: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
  • LTBI Treatment*: Monday 8-11 a.m.; Tuesday 8-11 a.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
  • B-1 Immigrant*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.
  • Shelter Screening: Monday 8-11 a.m.; Tuesday 8-11 a.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m.

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

  • Immunizations (temporary 2016 schedule for walk-ins): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on the following dates: March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 31; September 14, 28; October 12, 26; November 9, 23; December 7, 21.

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.

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

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UC Merced could serve 10,000 students by 2020

The University of California Board of Regents approved the growth plan for UC Merced’s design and financing, along with revisions to the project’s budget and scope • The growth will allow UC Merced to serve more of California’s most talented students, many of whom are from underserved populations • Construction is expected to begin in October, with the first buildings ready for use by 2018.

The following is from a news release issued today from UC Merced:

The University of California, Merced, received final approval from the UC Board of Regents today (July 21) for an expansion plan that will nearly double the physical capacity of campus by 2020, enabling enrollment growth to 10,000 students after the project is completed. The regents voted unanimously to approve the design proposal of the selected developer, Plenary Properties Merced (PPM); the proposed external financing; amendments to the project’s budget and scope; and revisions of the commercial terms of the project agreement.

“This is a historic step forward for UC Merced, the UC system, and the growing numbers of talented students throughout California who want and deserve a UC education,” said Dorothy Leland, UC Merced chancellor. “By significantly expanding the newest UC campus, we are redoubling our commitment to the San Joaquin Valley, the fastest-growing but most underserved region of the state, while providing critically needed access to many more qualified students throughout California.”

UC Merced opened in 2005 as the first new UC campus in 40 years and the first in the San Joaquin Valley. Enrollment has grown rapidly from 875 students in its inaugural year to 6,700 today, with application growth rates doubling the UC system average in recent years. About 99 percent of UC Merced undergraduates attended California high schools. The regents’ approvals clear the way for a formal project agreement to be executed as early as mid-August, with groundbreaking scheduled for October. The project will add approximately 1.2 million gross square feet (790,000 assignable square feet) of teaching, research, residential and student-support facilities adjacent to the existing campus. First building deliveries are planned for 2018, with substantial completion anticipated by 2020.

“This project represents a major step forward for a trailblazing campus that will build on its early record of excellence to lead the way for universities across the nation as we all strive to teach, conduct research and serve the public in the most dynamic, efficient manner possible,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “Final approval of the project is especially significant at a time when we are expanding opportunity by increasing enrollment of Californians by thousands throughout our nine undergraduate campuses, and aiming to maintain that growth beyond 2020.”

UC Merced leads the UC system in the percentage of students who are in the first generation of their families to attend a four-year college (67 percent) and who come from low-income family backgrounds (61 percent). It also has the highest percentage of underrepresented students (more than 75 percent) in the UC system, reflecting the state’s future demographics.

The campus’s growth project is structured as an “availability-payment concession,” a type of public-private partnership with a single private developer (PPM) responsible for design, construction, operation, maintenance and partial financing of all new facilities over the 39-year term of the contract. The development model leverages limited public funds with private investment and expertise while meeting UC Merced’s exacting requirements for quality, functionality, flexibility and environmental sustainability. The project is expected to create more than 10,000 construction jobs in the San Joaquin Valley (more than 12,000 statewide) during the four-year construction period. The one-time economic benefit to the region will be an estimated $1.9 billion ($2.4 billion statewide).

In today’s action, the regents approved an amended budget and a revision in commercial terms. The developer is increasing its investment in design and construction by $204 million, with less funding allocated to financing. The amount of UC financing, about $600 million, remains unchanged. The additional PPM capital increases the budget for design and construction to $1.338 billion, up from the previously approved $1.142 billion. The scope of construction has decreased from 918,000 assignable square feet to approximately 790,000 assignable square feet. Design changes will allow for space efficiencies that will facilitate UC Merced’s emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and research, and provide flexibility for future changes. Changes in the design and scope of the project will allow PPM to produce more efficient and durable buildings that will significantly lower its financing, operation and maintenance costs over the life of the contract. As a result, UC Merced’s financial commitment will be reduced by nearly $9 million. PPM will be paid in installments over the 39-year term of the contract, subject to the continued availability of the facilities for use at performance standards set within the contract. Upon expiration of the term, maintenance of the assets will be handed back to UC Merced. UC Merced will own the buildings and land at all times. The regents also amended the campus’s 2009 Long-Range Development Plan to accommodate minor changes in the project’s boundaries and land usage.

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Joe’s Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Allergies and Asthma in the Central Valley

July 21 (Thursday) 5:30 to 6 p.m. registration; 6 to 7 p.m. presentation: Please join Sutter Gould Medical Foundation for the next topic in our Ask-A-Doctor lecture series. Hear presentations from Gould Medical Group physicians and participate in question and answer sessions. Dr. Jun Lu, board certified in allergy and immunology and a member of the Allergy Department at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation will discuss how to know if you have allergies; treatment of allergies and asthma; issues with welts; and what to do if you have a food allergy. Pre-register before July 18 (Monday) by calling (209) 548-7860, then press option 2. Lecture will be held at Stockton Medical Plaza I, Third Floor Classroom 3011, 2505 W. Hammer Lane, Stockton. Seating is limited.

Farm to Fork in Stockton

July 21 (Thursday) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Please join state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton for the fourth annual Stockton Farm to Fork, a free event offering free Medi-Cal and CalFresh enrollment. Program will include opening remarks from Senator Galgiani, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee; free cooking demonstrations by local chefs; learn how to access Bread of Life grocery assistance program; and valuable state and local resources and information from community partners on health education, obesity prevention, farm fresh foods and healthy living practices. Event will be held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Building 2, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. If applying for benefits, please bring: photo ID for primary applicants; proof of income (pay stubs, signed letter from employer, Social Security benefits, etc.); proof of citizenship or immigration status; children’s birth certificates; and most recent income tax forms. Information: (209) 948-7930.

Eat Smart Be Active: Build Strong Bones in Sierra Vista Homes

July 21 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Free screening of ‘FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point’

July 23 (Saturday) 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.: “FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” is a powerful new documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform. The film was two years in the making, with more than 40 voices advocating for reform, including activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders. This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health while still remaining unaffordable for millions of Americans. Join Single Payer San Joaquin for this outstanding screening event at Health Plan of San Joaquin, Community Room,  7751 S. Manthey Road, French Camp (just south of San Joaquin General Hospital on I-5).  A panel discussion and Q&A will follow. Light refreshments provided. Admission is free. Information at (209) 242-2254 or www.singlepayersanjoaquin.org​.

A New Era in Stroke Care

July 26 (Tuesday) 12:30 to 2 p.m.: You’re invited to learn about “A New Era in Stroke Care” hosted by Central Valley Recovery-Awareness-Preventing Strokes. CV-RAPS asks, “are we turning a historic corner in stroke care?” According to a statement from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, we are at a new era in stroke care. A new endovascular stroke therapy is at hand. Many acute stroke patients can be saved from death or severe, lifelong disability. At CV-RAPS, we will review current treatment options, new clot buster agent iV tPA and Intervention. Want to meet stroke coordinators, social workers, clinicians and others working in stroke care? This is a unique opportunity as many come together to grow from different perspectives of stroke care. Today’s speaker will be Mary Velasquez, MS, NP, ACNP-BC; Center of Excellence & Development Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator, STEMI Center Program Manager, Chest Pain l Stroke Center Coordinator, Clinical Research Coordinator, CV Data Manager at Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. The program will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Basement Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 1800 W. California St., Stockton. Go to www.healingsinmotion.org to learn more and register for lunch.

Eat Smart Be Active: Go Lean With Protein in Sierra Vista Homes

July 28 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Eat Smart Be Active: Make a Change in Sierra Vista Homes

Aug. 4 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

5th Annual Breastfeeding Celebration

Aug. 6 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Delta Health Care will host its fifth annual Breastfeeding Celebration. This free community event is in observance of World Breastfeeding Week and open to the public. It will be held in the parking lot of Delta Health Care, 4662 Precissi Lane, Stockton. Sponsored in part by First 5 San Joaquin and Health Plan of San Joaquin, the event will feature various resources and support for breastfeeding moms, new and expectant parents, and families with young children 0-5. Attendees will be able to connect with community resources; take pictures in our photo booth; sample our WIC food recipes; participate in our human milk drive; and network with other families. There will be raffle prizes, giveaways, games, cute baby items for purchase, and much more! For more information about the event visit our website at www.breastfeedingcelebration.org or contact us at Delta Health Care (209) 477-0378.

Eat Smart Be Active: Celebrate! Eat Smart in Sierra Vista Homes

Aug. 11 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Multicultural Health & Community Fair

Oct. 8 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Multicultural Health & Community Fair at Normandy Village Shopping Center, 7908 West Lane, Stockton. Come meet the people serving you and our community. Fun for all ages with over 40 booths, raffle baskets, health education, nutrition information, community resources and entertainment including dancing, singing, music, rapping, poetry and more. Information at facebook.com/mchfair15.

2016 Healthy and Hunger Free Summit

Oct. 11 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: The Hunger Task Force for San Joaquin County is sponsoring the 2016 Healthy and Hunger Free Summit at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2901 Arch Airport Road, Stockton. There will be informative discussion regarding hunger solutions to being healthy and hunger free. Topics include keynote address by Dr. Hillary Seligman from the University of California, San Francisco; local landscape of healthy food access; vulnerable populations such as youth/children, college students, seniors/veterans; and innovative practices panel. More information to come.

Diabetes Exercise Program – Free in Stockton

You may be qualified for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s free 10-week supervised diabetes exercise program. Exercise in a supervised, safe environment with an individualized program. Regular exercise has been shown to help control blood sugar as well as lower the risk of diabetes-related health complications such as heart disease and stroke. Classes will be held twice a week at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Each participant will have an individual evaluation and personalized program. Classes are designed to build strength while increasing endurance and flexibility. And they are supervised closely by qualified exercise trainers. Information: Paul Vosti at (209) 461-5157 or paul.vosti@dignityhealth.org.

More Than Walking For Health at the Mall

Doors open for walkers 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday: The Weberstown Walkers program includes walking, aerobics, line dance, yoga and a variety of tai chi programs, all free and open to the public seven days a week. Participants are responsible for their own safety and the security of any possessions they bring with them to theWeberstown Mall, 4950 Pacific Ave., Stockton.  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. Escape heat, cold and rain outside to enjoy window-shopping inside while you stroll or stride the half-mile circuit around the interior of the mall. Bring a friend or make a friend. People of all ages are welcome. We recommend comfortable, supportive shoes, and it’s a good idea to bring drinking water. Seating, restrooms and a drinking fountain are available. Strollers are fine. Information:www.stocktonmallwalk.wordpress.com or like Weberstown Walkers on Facebook.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

NOTE CHANGE: Wednesday clinic temporarily postponed. 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.
  • 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

Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims Seeking Help and Support

Imagine 450 or 500 people or more coming through your house each year. Hundreds of people, including small children, living, sleeping, cooking and eating. Think about the degree of wear and tear on the house. Now imagine that volume of people every year for five years, even a decade. How about more than 30 years? This is the scenario at DAWN House, Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services’ shelter for domestic violence victims, which houses up to 40 people at a time and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “These families who are in crisis, who are fleeing domestic violence. They come into the shelter scared, not knowing what to expect. We want to make sure it’s a healing place where they can put their lives back together,” said Joelle Gomez, Women’s Center-YFS’ CEO. Gomez says that maintaining a safe, functional and welcoming shelter, while serving hundreds of families a year, is a constant challenge. “We rely on community donations to help replace furniture and large appliances. So much of our furniture is old and worn out. Right now we need a lot of help to make the shelter a more comfortable, livable space for our families.” The organization is asking people to pitch in to help them reach their goal of $20,000. Community members can donate at www.womensenteryfs.org, or by calling (209) 941-2611. All funds raised will be used to purchase couches, chairs, cribs, tables and chairs, dressers, and a large freezer for food storage. Gomez said the campaign is about much more than the practical matter of replacing old furniture. The goal is to make the shelter feel as much like a real home as possible. “In the end, this isn’t about furniture. It’s about a safe place for a baby to sleep, it’s about providing a place for support groups to meet or families to share a meal. It’s about giving peace to these families.” Women’s Center-YFS is San Joaquin County’s only provider of free, confidential shelter and services specifically designed to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homeless and runaway youth. Each year the agency serves more than 20,000 individuals through its direct services and community outreach, including more than 700 women, children and youth who stay in its four shelters annually. The mission of Women’s Center–Youth & Family Services is to build a stronger community by fostering the strengths in individuals and by acting as a catalyst to end violence and youth homelessness. For more information about the Women’s Center-YFS and its programs and services, or to donate please visit www.womenscenteryfs.org.

Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

Beginning June 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they may come to the United States as they wait for their immigrant visa to become available. This parole policy was announced in the White House report, Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Centuryissued in July 2015. An estimated 2,000 to 6,000 Filipino-American World War II veterans are living in the United States today. Among other things, this policy will enable many eligible individuals to provide support and care to their aging veteran family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. “The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program honors the thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to fight for the United States during World War II,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez said. “This policy will allow certain Filipino-American family members awaiting immigrant-visa issuance to come to the United States and be with their loved ones. For many, it will also allow them to provide support and care for elderly veterans or their surviving spouses.” With the exception of immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, the number of family-sponsored immigrant visas available by country of origin in any given year is limited by statute. These limits result in long waiting periods before family members may join petitioning U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States and become permanent residents themselves. For some Filipino-American families, this wait can exceed 20 years. Under the policy, certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans may be eligible to receive a discretionary grant of parole to come to the United States before their visa becomes available. In limited cases, certain eligible relatives will be able to seek parole on their own behalf when their Filipino World War II veteran and his or her spouse are both deceased. Under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, USCIS will review each case individually to determine whether authorizing parole is appropriate.  When each individual arrives at a U.S. port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also review each case to determine whether to parole the individual. Legal authority for this parole policy comes from the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to parole into the United States certain individuals, on a case-by-case basis, for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Additional information about the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program—including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file—is available in the revised Form I-131 instructions and the Federal Register notice. We will not accept applications under this policy until June 8, 2016.  USCIS strongly encourages eligible individuals interested in requesting parole under the FWVP Program do so within five years from June 8, 2016. For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

HPSJ Focus of New JAMA Dermatology Research

French Camp-based Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) pointed to a new study funded by the California Healthcare Foundation and published May 4, 2016 in the research journal JAMA Dermatology that found reason to hope HPSJ’s innovative investment in technology resources can help expand members’ access to quality health care, provide more convenience for busy families, and deliver timely services from increasingly scarce specialist resources. HPSJ was the data source for this study.  RAND Corporation researchers noted in their study’s abstract: “Results indicate that the introduction of teledermatology achieved the aim of increasing access to dermatologists in a large Medicaid managed care plan.” HPSJ, a not-for-profit, managed care health plan, has been serving members and the community since 1996. Located in the heart of California’s multicultural Central Valley, HPSJ is the leading Medi-Cal Managed Care provider in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. HPSJ offers a broad network of providers and works closely with physicians to develop programs and services to ensure quality health care for over 330,000 members. HPSJ CEO Amy Shin said that HPSJ’s Palo Alto-based contractor, Direct Dermatology, allows board certified dermatologists to remotely diagnose and treat problems of the skin, hair and nails – and for HPSJ members to be referred by their PCP (primary care provider) for this service.  “Increasingly popular, over 4,000 HPSJ members are now accessing Direct Dermatology,” she added. Citing the introduction of Direct Dermatology services in 2012, Shin added, “We continue to work closely with health care providers to develop accessible programs, and customer-friendly technologies for our members.  The point of all our efforts is so that HPSJ members can have expanded access, more convenience and self-care opportunities, and timely delivery of services with measurably high standards of quality.” The RAND researchers concluded: “The offering of teledermatology appears to improve access to care among Medicaid enrollees and played an especially important role for newly enrolled patients. This particular model, and teledermatology in general, offer promise for other Medicaid plans that struggle with meeting the specialty care needs of traditional as well as new enrollees.” HPSJ Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Analytics Johnathan Yeh, Pharm.D., said, ”The technology, online services and mobile apps – like WebMD, HPSJ’s high-security member online portal, and Direct Dermatology – all augment our provider network and expand health care and medical services for members.“ Shin said, “As the RAND study researchers pointed out, implementation of the Affordable Care Act in January 2014 brought about extraordinary membership growth for Medicaid plans (Medi-Cal in California).  At HPSJ we’ve seen our membership grow by more than a third.  Maintaining our network with enough health care providers will remain an ongoing challenge.” Resource:   Journal of JAMA Dermatology – JAMA investigation, Effect of Teledermatology on Access to Dermatology Care Among Medicaid Enrollees.

Department of Insurance Online Complaint Center Available

The California Department of Insurance has announced that several portals are now available to assist consumers, insurers and health care providers in communicating and interacting with the department through the complaint process. The new portals provide simple and helpful solutions for California consumers and insurers. Users are now able to submit complaint applications while using a desktop or smart device. Additionally both the consumer and licensee portal allows users to upload supporting documents directly to their online application, saving time and moneyClick here for the Consumer and Provider Complaint Center“Since taking office I have put a concerted effort into improving our processes by increasing efficiency to better serve consumers and the insurance industry,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “The new online portal will help consumers, insurers and health care providers navigate the complaint process with ease and in less time than ever before.” Consumers who become registered users can use the consumer portal to check the status of a complaint, upload additional documents and create a draft complaint which allows the user to complete and submit the complaint at their convenience. The licensee portal allows fluid two-way communication between the department and its licensees. Licensees are able to upload resources and supporting documentation related to their complaint.

Zika Virus Information From CDC, County Public Health

The Zika virus is an evolving public health issue in many countries and travelers from San Joaquin County should take precautions to prevent infection when traveling. Public Health Services has posted easy to find Zika information on its website homepage http://www.sjcphs.org/.

Resources for Victims of Violence in San Joaquin County

Here’s the latest list of government and nonprofit resources for victims of violence in Stockton and San Joaquin County:

$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.

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.

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.

Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting

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GET THE CHARTS 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.

See the complete report and charts now. 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.

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

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

Child Passenger Safety Seat Classes

  • Free car seat safety classes in English are held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Free car seat safety classes in Spanish are held the second Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m., 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.
  • Free car seat fitting station is held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Public Health Services Clinic parking lot, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.

Registration/appointments are recommended. Phone (209) 468-8914 or (209) 468-8637.

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 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. 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.

Self-Help Mental Health Group Meeting in downtown Stockton

Fridays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Recovery International (RI) holds lay-led, self-help mental health group meetings at St. John the Evangelist Church, 316 N. El Dorado St. (at the corner of Miner Avenue), Stockton, in the church office building. Meetings offer understanding and support, hope and reassurance, special techniques for wellness. Learn about anger management, and how to deal effectively with stress, anxiety, panic or worry, sleep problems, depression or fatigue, feeling of helplessness or hopelessness, and other emotional problems. Plenty of free well-lit parking; enter from northbound El Dorado. Everyone is welcome. Information: (209) 684-8204 or (916) 684-8204.

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)

UPDATED: 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) 468-3832 or (800) 839-4949.

  • 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.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic and family planning: Tuesday* 1-4 p.m.;Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m. walk-in and by appointment; Friday 1-4 p.m.
  • PrEP*: Monday 8-11 a.m.
  • Tuberculosis skin testing: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
  • LTBI Treatment*: Monday 8-11 a.m.; Tuesday 8-11 a.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
  • B-1 Immigrant*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.
  • Shelter Screening: Monday 8-11 a.m.; Tuesday 8-11 a.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m.

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

  • Immunizations (temporary 2016 schedule for walk-ins): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on the following dates: March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 31; September 14, 28; October 12, 26; November 9, 23; December 7, 21.

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.

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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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Eat Smart Be Active: Make Half Your Grains Whole in Sierra Vista Homes

July 14 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Allergies and Asthma in the Central Valley

July 21 (Thursday) 5:30 to 6 p.m. registration; 6 to 7 p.m. presentation: Please join Sutter Gould Medical Foundation for the next topic in our Ask-A-Doctor lecture series. Hear presentations from Gould Medical Group physicians and participate in question and answer sessions. Dr. Jun Lu, board certified in allergy and immunology and a member of the Allergy Department at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation will discuss how to know if you have allergies; treatment of allergies and asthma; issues with welts; and what to do if you have a food allergy. Pre-register before July 18 (Monday) by calling (209) 548-7860, then press option 2. Lecture will be held at Stockton Medical Plaza I, Third Floor Classroom 3011, 2505 W. Hammer Lane, Stockton. Seating is limited.

Farm to Fork in Stockton

July 21 (Thursday) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Please join state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton for the fourth annual Stockton Farm to Fork, a free event offering free Medi-Cal and CalFresh enrollment. Program will include opening remarks from Senator Galgiani, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee; free cooking demonstrations by local chefs; learn how to access Bread of Life grocery assistance program; and valuable state and local resources and information from community partners on health education, obesity prevention, farm fresh foods and healthy living practices. Event will be held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Building 2, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. If applying for benefits, please bring: photo ID for primary applicants; proof of income (pay stubs, signed letter from employer, Social Security benefits, etc.); proof of citizenship or immigration status; children’s birth certificates; and most recent income tax forms. Information: (209) 948-7930.

Eat Smart Be Active: Build Strong Bones in Sierra Vista Homes

July 21 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Free screening of ‘FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point’

July 23 (Saturday) 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.: “FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” is a powerful new documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform. The film was two years in the making, with more than 40 voices advocating for reform, including activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders. This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health while still remaining unaffordable for millions of Americans. Join Single Payer San Joaquin for this outstanding screening event at Health Plan of San Joaquin, Community Room,  7751 S. Manthey Road, French Camp (just south of San Joaquin General Hospital on I-5).  A panel discussion and Q&A will follow. Light refreshments provided. Admission is free. Information at (209) 242-2254 or www.singlepayersanjoaquin.org​.

Eat Smart Be Active: Go Lean With Protein in Sierra Vista Homes

July 28 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Eat Smart Be Active: Make a Change in Sierra Vista Homes

Aug. 4 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

5th Annual Breastfeeding Celebration

Aug. 6 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Delta Health Care will host its fifth annual Breastfeeding Celebration. This free community event is in observance of World Breastfeeding Week and open to the public. It will be held in the parking lot of Delta Health Care, 4662 Precissi Lane, Stockton. Sponsored in part by First 5 San Joaquin and Health Plan of San Joaquin, the event will feature various resources and support for breastfeeding moms, new and expectant parents, and families with young children 0-5. Attendees will be able to connect with community resources; take pictures in our photo booth; sample our WIC food recipes; participate in our human milk drive; and network with other families. There will be raffle prizes, giveaways, games, cute baby items for purchase, and much more! For more information about the event visit our website at www.breastfeedingcelebration.org or contact us at Delta Health Care (209) 477-0378.

Eat Smart Be Active: Celebrate! Eat Smart in Sierra Vista Homes

Aug. 11 (Thursday) 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. You will learn to prepare healthy recipes, make your food dollars count, understand food labels, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity. Get free cookbooks and healthy living tools. San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are held at the Sierra Vista Homes, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes.  For more information, call (209) 468-3821.

Multicultural Health & Community Fair

Oct. 8 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Multicultural Health & Community Fair at Normandy Village Shopping Center, 7908 West Lane, Stockton. Come meet the people serving you and our community. Fun for all ages with over 40 booths, raffle baskets, health education, nutrition information, community resources and entertainment including dancing, singing, music, rapping, poetry and more. Information at facebook.com/mchfair15.

2016 Healthy and Hunger Free Summit

Oct. 11 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: The Hunger Task Force for San Joaquin County is sponsoring the 2016 Healthy and Hunger Free Summit at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2901 Arch Airport Road, Stockton. There will be informative discussion regarding hunger solutions to being healthy and hunger free. Topics include keynote address by Dr. Hillary Seligman from the University of California, San Francisco; local landscape of healthy food access; vulnerable populations such as youth/children, college students, seniors/veterans; and innovative practices panel. More information to come.

Diabetes Exercise Program – Free in Stockton

You may be qualified for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s free 10-week supervised diabetes exercise program. Exercise in a supervised, safe environment with an individualized program. Regular exercise has been shown to help control blood sugar as well as lower the risk of diabetes-related health complications such as heart disease and stroke. Classes will be held twice a week at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Each participant will have an individual evaluation and personalized program. Classes are designed to build strength while increasing endurance and flexibility. And they are supervised closely by qualified exercise trainers. Information: Paul Vosti at (209) 461-5157 or paul.vosti@dignityhealth.org.

More Than Walking For Health at the Mall

Doors open for walkers 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday: The Weberstown Walkers program includes walking, aerobics, line dance, yoga and a variety of tai chi programs, all free and open to the public seven days a week. Participants are responsible for their own safety and the security of any possessions they bring with them to theWeberstown Mall, 4950 Pacific Ave., Stockton.  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. Escape heat, cold and rain outside to enjoy window-shopping inside while you stroll or stride the half-mile circuit around the interior of the mall. Bring a friend or make a friend. People of all ages are welcome. We recommend comfortable, supportive shoes, and it’s a good idea to bring drinking water. Seating, restrooms and a drinking fountain are available. Strollers are fine. Information:www.stocktonmallwalk.wordpress.com or like Weberstown Walkers on Facebook.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

NOTE CHANGE: Wednesday clinic temporarily postponed. 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.
  • 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

Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims Seeking Help and Support

Imagine 450 or 500 people or more coming through your house each year. Hundreds of people, including small children, living, sleeping, cooking and eating. Think about the degree of wear and tear on the house. Now imagine that volume of people every year for five years, even a decade. How about more than 30 years? This is the scenario at DAWN House, Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services’ shelter for domestic violence victims, which houses up to 40 people at a time and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “These families who are in crisis, who are fleeing domestic violence. They come into the shelter scared, not knowing what to expect. We want to make sure it’s a healing place where they can put their lives back together,” said Joelle Gomez, Women’s Center-YFS’ CEO. Gomez says that maintaining a safe, functional and welcoming shelter, while serving hundreds of families a year, is a constant challenge. “We rely on community donations to help replace furniture and large appliances. So much of our furniture is old and worn out. Right now we need a lot of help to make the shelter a more comfortable, livable space for our families.” The organization is asking people to pitch in to help them reach their goal of $20,000. Community members can donate at www.womensenteryfs.org, or by calling (209) 941-2611. All funds raised will be used to purchase couches, chairs, cribs, tables and chairs, dressers, and a large freezer for food storage. Gomez said the campaign is about much more than the practical matter of replacing old furniture. The goal is to make the shelter feel as much like a real home as possible. “In the end, this isn’t about furniture. It’s about a safe place for a baby to sleep, it’s about providing a place for support groups to meet or families to share a meal. It’s about giving peace to these families.” Women’s Center-YFS is San Joaquin County’s only provider of free, confidential shelter and services specifically designed to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homeless and runaway youth. Each year the agency serves more than 20,000 individuals through its direct services and community outreach, including more than 700 women, children and youth who stay in its four shelters annually. The mission of Women’s Center–Youth & Family Services is to build a stronger community by fostering the strengths in individuals and by acting as a catalyst to end violence and youth homelessness. For more information about the Women’s Center-YFS and its programs and services, or to donate please visit www.womenscenteryfs.org.

Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

Beginning June 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they may come to the United States as they wait for their immigrant visa to become available. This parole policy was announced in the White House report, Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Centuryissued in July 2015. An estimated 2,000 to 6,000 Filipino-American World War II veterans are living in the United States today. Among other things, this policy will enable many eligible individuals to provide support and care to their aging veteran family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. “The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program honors the thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to fight for the United States during World War II,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez said. “This policy will allow certain Filipino-American family members awaiting immigrant-visa issuance to come to the United States and be with their loved ones. For many, it will also allow them to provide support and care for elderly veterans or their surviving spouses.” With the exception of immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, the number of family-sponsored immigrant visas available by country of origin in any given year is limited by statute. These limits result in long waiting periods before family members may join petitioning U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States and become permanent residents themselves. For some Filipino-American families, this wait can exceed 20 years. Under the policy, certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans may be eligible to receive a discretionary grant of parole to come to the United States before their visa becomes available. In limited cases, certain eligible relatives will be able to seek parole on their own behalf when their Filipino World War II veteran and his or her spouse are both deceased. Under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, USCIS will review each case individually to determine whether authorizing parole is appropriate.  When each individual arrives at a U.S. port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also review each case to determine whether to parole the individual. Legal authority for this parole policy comes from the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to parole into the United States certain individuals, on a case-by-case basis, for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Additional information about the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program—including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file—is available in the revised Form I-131 instructions and the Federal Register notice. We will not accept applications under this policy until June 8, 2016.  USCIS strongly encourages eligible individuals interested in requesting parole under the FWVP Program do so within five years from June 8, 2016. For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

HPSJ Focus of New JAMA Dermatology Research

French Camp-based Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) pointed to a new study funded by the California Healthcare Foundation and published May 4, 2016 in the research journal JAMA Dermatology that found reason to hope HPSJ’s innovative investment in technology resources can help expand members’ access to quality health care, provide more convenience for busy families, and deliver timely services from increasingly scarce specialist resources. HPSJ was the data source for this study.  RAND Corporation researchers noted in their study’s abstract: “Results indicate that the introduction of teledermatology achieved the aim of increasing access to dermatologists in a large Medicaid managed care plan.” HPSJ, a not-for-profit, managed care health plan, has been serving members and the community since 1996. Located in the heart of California’s multicultural Central Valley, HPSJ is the leading Medi-Cal Managed Care provider in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. HPSJ offers a broad network of providers and works closely with physicians to develop programs and services to ensure quality health care for over 330,000 members. HPSJ CEO Amy Shin said that HPSJ’s Palo Alto-based contractor, Direct Dermatology, allows board certified dermatologists to remotely diagnose and treat problems of the skin, hair and nails – and for HPSJ members to be referred by their PCP (primary care provider) for this service.  “Increasingly popular, over 4,000 HPSJ members are now accessing Direct Dermatology,” she added. Citing the introduction of Direct Dermatology services in 2012, Shin added, “We continue to work closely with health care providers to develop accessible programs, and customer-friendly technologies for our members.  The point of all our efforts is so that HPSJ members can have expanded access, more convenience and self-care opportunities, and timely delivery of services with measurably high standards of quality.” The RAND researchers concluded: “The offering of teledermatology appears to improve access to care among Medicaid enrollees and played an especially important role for newly enrolled patients. This particular model, and teledermatology in general, offer promise for other Medicaid plans that struggle with meeting the specialty care needs of traditional as well as new enrollees.” HPSJ Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Analytics Johnathan Yeh, Pharm.D., said, ”The technology, online services and mobile apps – like WebMD, HPSJ’s high-security member online portal, and Direct Dermatology – all augment our provider network and expand health care and medical services for members.“ Shin said, “As the RAND study researchers pointed out, implementation of the Affordable Care Act in January 2014 brought about extraordinary membership growth for Medicaid plans (Medi-Cal in California).  At HPSJ we’ve seen our membership grow by more than a third.  Maintaining our network with enough health care providers will remain an ongoing challenge.” Resource:   Journal of JAMA Dermatology – JAMA investigation, Effect of Teledermatology on Access to Dermatology Care Among Medicaid Enrollees.

Department of Insurance Online Complaint Center Available

The California Department of Insurance has announced that several portals are now available to assist consumers, insurers and health care providers in communicating and interacting with the department through the complaint process. The new portals provide simple and helpful solutions for California consumers and insurers. Users are now able to submit complaint applications while using a desktop or smart device. Additionally both the consumer and licensee portal allows users to upload supporting documents directly to their online application, saving time and moneyClick here for the Consumer and Provider Complaint Center“Since taking office I have put a concerted effort into improving our processes by increasing efficiency to better serve consumers and the insurance industry,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “The new online portal will help consumers, insurers and health care providers navigate the complaint process with ease and in less time than ever before.” Consumers who become registered users can use the consumer portal to check the status of a complaint, upload additional documents and create a draft complaint which allows the user to complete and submit the complaint at their convenience. The licensee portal allows fluid two-way communication between the department and its licensees. Licensees are able to upload resources and supporting documentation related to their complaint.

Zika Virus Information From CDC, County Public Health

The Zika virus is an evolving public health issue in many countries and travelers from San Joaquin County should take precautions to prevent infection when traveling. Public Health Services has posted easy to find Zika information on its website homepage http://www.sjcphs.org/.

Resources for Victims of Violence in San Joaquin County

Here’s the latest list of government and nonprofit resources for victims of violence in Stockton and San Joaquin County:

$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.

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.

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.

Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting

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GET THE CHARTS 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.

See the complete report and charts now. 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.

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

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

Child Passenger Safety Seat Classes

  • Free car seat safety classes in English are held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Free car seat safety classes in Spanish are held the second Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m., 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.
  • Free car seat fitting station is held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Public Health Services Clinic parking lot, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.

Registration/appointments are recommended. Phone (209) 468-8914 or (209) 468-8637.

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 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. 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.

Self-Help Mental Health Group Meeting in downtown Stockton

Fridays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Recovery International (RI) holds lay-led, self-help mental health group meetings at St. John the Evangelist Church, 316 N. El Dorado St. (at the corner of Miner Avenue), Stockton, in the church office building. Meetings offer understanding and support, hope and reassurance, special techniques for wellness. Learn about anger management, and how to deal effectively with stress, anxiety, panic or worry, sleep problems, depression or fatigue, feeling of helplessness or hopelessness, and other emotional problems. Plenty of free well-lit parking; enter from northbound El Dorado. Everyone is welcome. Information: (209) 684-8204 or (916) 684-8204.

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)

UPDATED: 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) 468-3832 or (800) 839-4949.

  • 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.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic and family planning: Tuesday* 1-4 p.m.;Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m. walk-in and by appointment; Friday 1-4 p.m.
  • PrEP*: Monday 8-11 a.m.
  • Tuberculosis skin testing: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
  • LTBI Treatment*: Monday 8-11 a.m.; Tuesday 8-11 a.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
  • B-1 Immigrant*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.
  • Shelter Screening: Monday 8-11 a.m.; Tuesday 8-11 a.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m.

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

  • Immunizations (temporary 2016 schedule for walk-ins): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on the following dates: March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 31; September 14, 28; October 12, 26; November 9, 23; December 7, 21.

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.

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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