Joe’s Health Calendar 2/26/12

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Free Eye Clinic at Chinese New Year Festival

Feb. 26 (today) 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Vision Service Plan Mobile Eyes is a deluxe clinic on wheels. It’s outfitted with state-of-the-art exam rooms and dispensaries, plus a finishing lab. Midtown Optometry optometrist Derron Lee has arranged for the lab along with optometry students from the University of California, Berkeley College of Optometry to assist in providing free eye exams and eyeglasses for the needy. The clinic will be outside the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 525 N. Center St., Stockton, during the Stockton Chinese New Year Festival.

$50,000 in Scholarships for Students Pursuing Health Studies

Feb. 26 (today) deadline: Health Plan of San Joaquin is offering $50,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties for the 2012 academic school year. Health Plan of San Joaquin’s Health Careers High School Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for high school seniors to apply for a $2,500 scholarship based on their desire to pursue a career in the health care industry at an accredited college or university. The scholarship application will be accessible online through www.ScholarshipExperts.com, an online portal for scholarships. Applications may be submitted through Feb. 26. To learn more about the Health Careers High School Scholarship Program, contact Shani Richards at (209) 461-2284 or at srichards@hpsj.com. “We’re hopeful that students will take advantage of this funding opportunity,” said Richards, HPSJ’s scholarship program coordinator. “Student financial need remains high, parental support is challenged in the wake of the economy, and the area continues to experience a shortage of new health care graduates. These scholarships really can make a difference for students, and, in the longer term, our community.” The objective of the program is to support education and community health by investing in students who seek to become health care professionals and return to practice in San Joaquin or Stanislaus county. “The significant deficit of health professionals available in the region is expected to continue into the future, so encouraging students from our local communities to consider health care careers is critical. The HPSJ Scholarship program does just that by offering the potential of sustained financial support for students who may be challenged by educational expenses,” said Dr. Dale Bishop, medical director at Health Plan of San Joaquin.

A Place to Begin

Feb. 28 (Tuesday) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Need a tool to help you stay in the moment? Discover the gift of the present as you design your own personal prayer strand using the Sacred Wheel of Peace, a piece of string, and a pile of beads. In this hands-on experiential workshop you will be guided through a process to create your own prayer beads to use as your personal centering tool. Eleanor Wiley is a bead artist conducting interfaith, health and peace workshops nationally and internationally. She is the author of A String and a Prayer, There Are No Mistakes and Changing Bead By Bead. Eleanor created the Sacred Wheel of Peace that honors all faith traditions and cultures. Visit www.prayerbdzs.com. St. Joseph’s Medical Center Mind, Body and Spirit Wellness Series, Auditorium, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. The cost for the entire four-week series is $20 per person. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Information: (209) 461-6889 or SJCancerInfo@chw.edu.

CareVan Provides Daily Free Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan presents a free, walk-in health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. The hospital’s mobile health-care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs. Diabetes screening and blood pressure screening are offered on special days as noted. If you have questions, contact (209) 461-3471. Clinic schedule is subject to change without notice.

  • Feb. 28 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Wagner Holt School, 8778 Brattle Place, Stockton.
  • Feb. 29 (Wednesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • March 1 (Thursday) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Childbirth Preparation Series

Feb. 29 and March 7, 14 and 21 (Wednesdays) 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (also Series 3: May 2, 9, 16, 23. Series 4: July 11, 18, 25, 27 Aug. 1. Series 5: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3.): Class One: Understanding Pregnancy. Class Two: Understanding Labor and Birth. Class Three: Understanding Medical Procedures and Cesarean Birth. Class Four: Understanding Postpartum. Are you ready for labor and birth? This four-class series prepares mom and her coach for the emotional and physical changes of labor and birth. The series includes relaxation and breathing techniques to increase comfort during labor. Please bring three pillows, a blanket and/or exercise mat each night of class. You should attend this series during your third trimester. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Classroom 1, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Advance Directives Forum

Feb. 29 (Wednesday) 10 a.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, offers a community forum on advanced directives. Lodi Memorial social workers will be on hand to talk about the importance of advance directives, answer questions and provide assistance with filling out advance directives. Sample advance directive forms will be provided. This is a complimentary service open to all. Notary services are available. Those interested in learning more about advance directives can visit the hospital’s website, www.lodihealth.org, and click on “Advance Directive” for a sample form, instructions and other helpful information.

Growing GREENS/Eating LEAN

March 1 (Thursday) 11 a.m. to noon (or March 15, 29; April 12, 26; May 10, 24; June 7, 21): This free program at the Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton, is a combination of vegetable/fruit gardening workshops and nutrition/cooking demonstrations incorporating fruits and vegetables. Information: (209) 464-7369 or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Breastfeeding: Getting Off to a Great Start

March 1 (Thursday) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, offers “Breastfeeding: Getting off to a Great Start,” a one-session class covering the advantages of breastfeeding, basic anatomy, the breastfeeding process, common problems and solutions. An additional breastfeeding class for working moms is held Tuesdays, March 13 and May 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., and is available only to participants who have already attended “Breastfeeding: Getting off to a Great Start.”  Call (209) 339-7520 to register. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

Childbirth Preparation

March 3 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, offers an all-day childbirth-preparation class. Cost is $45 per couple. For more information or to register, call (209) 339-7520.  For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

VN CARES Pacific Family Health Fair

March 4 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: University of the Pacific pharmacy students and Vietnamese Cancer Awareness and Research Education (VN CARES) are hosting the fifth annual Pacific Family Health Fair at St. Luke’s Catholic Church Gymnasium, 3847 N. Sutter St, Stockton. Families will be able to participate in free health screenings, scavenger hunts, health education and more. Health screenings include blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, osteoporosis and more. Many local businesses and organizations will also be offering free services and information. There will be activities for children of all ages about mindful eating, staying active, healthy lifestyle tips, and all sorts of fun and games. There will be many door prizes. Information: (209) 946-2561.

Welcome to Life Tour

March 5 (Monday) 7 to 9 p.m. (also April 2, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 5 or Dec. 10): This class gives you specific information about where to go and what to do when it comes time to have your baby, including pre-admission registration. Includes a tour of the maternity area and birthing options tailored to individual needs. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Auditorium, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Big Brother – Big Sister in Stockton

March 6 (Tuesday) 6 to 7 p.m. (Also May 15, July 10, Sept. 18 or Nov. 13): This class helps siblings learn about new babies, how it will feel to be a big brother or sister, and see new babies and where they are born in our birthing area. Families are welcome. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Asthma Summit for Health Professionals and Public

March 10 (Saturday) 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. for physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, health educators and pharmacists; 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for general public; registration deadline March 5: San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity & Chronic Disease Prevention Taskforce will be presenting a two-part summit – Connecting Community to Combat Asthma – at the San Joaquin County Office of Education Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton. The two components to the event: 1) a session at the beginning of the day will be targeted to health care professionals. CME’s will be offered for physicians and BRN credits for nurses and other professionals; 2) the general public is invited to a community summit that will include an expert speakers panel with time to ask questions, and interactive breakout sessions including an inhaler clinic and coaches clinic on asthma and athletes. There is no cost for either event. View the fliers for more information, Healthcare Professionals or General Public. Free continental breakfast provided with morning registration. Free lunch provided with public registration. To register, send your name, organization if any, mailing address, phone and email address by fax to (209) 468-4960 or mail to San Joaquin County Office of Education, P.O. Box 213030, Stockton, CA 95213-9030. Information: Mikey Kamienski, executive director, Charterhouse Center for Families, at (209) 476-1106.

11th Annual Autism Collaborative Forum

March 17 (Saturday) 7 to 8 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. forum: 11th annual Autism Collaborative Forum brings Dr. Peter Gerhardt, expert on adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, to the San Joaquin County Office of Education Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton. Costs varies from $20 to $50. Registration deadline: March 5. Information: Gail Brodigan-Dalton at (209) 468-4907 or gbrodigandalton@sjcoe.net or www.sjcoe.org/calendar/calendarDetails.aspx?ID=2283 to print registration flier. The drastic increase of autism and related disorders is now one case per 110 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Given this information, there are a steadily growing number of adolescents and young adults affected. Gerhardt will present on how to identify and plan for the future of these individuals, including transition from adolescence to adulthood, employment goals, community integration, social competence, sexuality and quality of life concerns.

Stork Tours for Parents-To-Be

March 21 (Wednesday) 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Parents-to-be are invited to attend a free stork tour at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery, recovery and nursery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Call (209) 339-7520 to register. For more information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

Big-Brother/Big-Sister Class for Kids 3-8

March 21 or May 16 (Wednesday) 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, offers a big-brother/big-sister preparation class. This class, for children ages 3 to 8, will help youngsters adjust to the arrival of the new baby. The cost is $10 for the first child and $3 for each additional child. Call (209) 339-7520 to register. For more information, visit the LMH website at www.lodihealth.org.

Central Valley – Recovery, Awareness, Preventing Strokes

March 28 (Wednesday) noon to 2 p.m.: Healings in Motion is bringing Dr. Ernest Yankee to Stockton. Yankee, who holds 127 patents, is part of the core management team at SanBio, a scientific leader in cell therapies for regenerative medicine. SanBio is currently partnering with University of California, San Francisco, on a clinical trial on stem cell therapy for stroke survivors. The Central Valley was not a recruitment area until Mary Nicholson, president of Healings in Motion, made contact with organizers. Now Yankee is kind enough to come here from San Jose to share with information about stem cell therapy and to recruit survivors from this area. If you know someone who has had a stroke or if you want to better understand clinic studies, please plan to attend this lunch-and-learn program at the Stockton/San Joaquin WorkNet Building, 56 S. Lincoln St., Stockton. Cost: $10. Reservations and information: (209) 234-2802 or register online at http://cv-raps2012.eventbrite.com.

Prenatal Nutrition and Exercise

March 28 (Wednesday) 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Also Aug. 8, Oct. 10 or Dec. 5): Nurturing your baby starts by taking good care of yourself during pregnancy. Come learn about healthy weight gain guidelines, good nutrition, how to manage common pregnancy discomforts, and more. This class will give you an introduction to exercise during pregnancy including body mechanics, posture and basic back care. Please wear comfortable clothing to allow for movement. Please bring three pillows, a blanket and/or exercise mat to class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Classroom 1, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Breastfeeding Class

March 28 (Wednesday) 7 to 9:30 p.m. (Also June 6, Aug. 8, Oct. 10 or Dec. 5): This class offers mothers and their partners information on the benefits of breastfeeding, the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and the basics of breastfeeding management. Topics include latching, the effect of analgesia/anesthesia on infant behavior, and the rationales of care practices such as early skin-to-skin contact, rooming-in and feeding on cue. Expressing breast milk, and helpful hints for your family. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Auditorium, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

All Day Childbirth Preparation Class

March 31 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Also March 31, June 9, Aug. 25, or Nov. 17): This class covers all information listed in our evening series in a one-day condensed class. Please bring three pillows, a blanket and/or exercise mat each night of class. You should attend this class during your third trimester. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Classroom 1, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Having a Cesarean Birth

April 4 (Wednesday) 5 to 6:30 p.m. (Also April 4, June 13, Aug. 22, Oct. 17 or Dec. 12): This class is designed to prepare a mother and her partner who are having a planned cesarean birth or may need a cesarean birth. Learn about the cesarean procedure including anesthesia options, what to expect, how to take care of yourself during recovery and also special techniques to ensure successful breastfeeding. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

The Newborn

April 4 (Wednesday) 7 to 9:30 p.m. (Also June 13, Aug. 22, Oct. 17 or Dec. 12): Parents-to-be, come learn about life with a newborn, the baby’s needs and changing development. Discussion includes baby care basics such as feeding, diapering and bathing, as well as the physical appearances of newborns and practical tips for parents. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Auditorium, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Free Health and Vision Fair

April 7 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Join Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired for its fifth annual Free Health & Vision Fair the center, 130 W. Flora St., Stockton. The San Joaquin Lions Club is partnering with us once again by bringing the Lions District 4-A1 EyeMobile to perform free vision screenings. University of the Pacific’s audiology department will be performing hearing tests and Heald will be helping out with medical testing. More than 35 agencies will have information booths sharing about services and resources available in the community. Free goodies and giveaways will add to the fun. There’s something for everyone, so bring your family, tell a friend, help spread the word! Information: (209) 466-3836 or www.communitycenterfortheblind.org.

NEWS

Eye Safety in the Workplace

Some 100 million American workers are affected by computer eyestrain, a symptom of Computer Vision Syndrome, according to Stockton therapeutic optometrist Derron Lee. “ March is Eye Safety in the Workplace Month, and as our nation has moved from a manufacturing society to an information society, Computer Vision Syndrome has become a workplace concern,” Lee said. “While prolonged computer use will not damage vision, it can make you uncomfortable and decrease productivity.” Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is caused by the eyes constantly focusing and refocusing on the characters on a computer screen. These characters don’t have the contrast or well-defined edges like printed words and the eyes’ focus cannot remain fixed. “Symptoms of CVS include headaches, loss of focus, burning or tired eyes, blurred vision and neck or shoulder pain,” Lee said. CVS can be partially alleviated by changes in the ergonomics of the work area. “Proper lighting and monitor placement can go a long way toward reducing CVS, as can giving your eyes frequent breaks from the computer. But the underlying cause of CVS – the ability of the eyes to focus on the computer screen – may only be remedied by specialized computer glasses,” he said. Lee said a comprehensive eye exam, including questions about a person’s computer use habits, is the first step. “If we determine that vision correction for computer use is required, we can prescribe computer lenses that are designed to improve your vision in the 18-inch-28-inch range, the optimal distance between your eyes and the computer monitor,“ Lee said. Click here for more information.

New Quality Indicator Tools Help Hospital Consumers

Providing consumers with more options to make informed health care decisions, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development  recently released four new Web tools allowing users quick and easy access in comparing hospitalization and utilization rates for various conditions statewide and by county in five year trend increments.

Wide Gap Between Care Patients Want and Receive at End of Life

When it comes to how they want to spend their final days, most Californians would prefer to die a natural death at home without being a burden, financially or emotionally, on their families. Yet according to a new poll released Feb. 14 by the California Health Care Foundation, a disparity exists between what people say they want at the end of life and what actually occurs. Among the results:

  • Nearly 8 in 10 say that if seriously ill, they would want to speak with their doctor about end-of-life care. But fewer than 1 in 10 report having had such a conversation, including just 13% of those over 64.
  • While 82% say that it is important to put their wishes in writing, less than one quarter have done so.
  • Only 44% of Californians who have lost a loved one in the last 12 months say their loved one’s end-of-life preferences were completely followed and honored by providers. These numbers drop to 26% for those who experienced a language barrier and 25% for those uninsured at the time of death.
  • Seventy percent say their home is their preferred place of death, but only 32% passed away in their homes.
  • The poll finds broad support, regardless of political affiliation, for reimbursing doctors to talk about end-of-life options: 84% of Democrats, 72% of Republicans, and 80% of Independents say it would be a good idea to pay for the conversation.

CHCF is releasing an accompanying report that profiles the state of palliative care in California’s acute care hospitals. Among the findings:

  • Palliative care consultation services have experienced a great deal of growth in recent years: Between 2007 and 2011, pediatric services increased by 128%, while adult services increased by 24%.
  • Most palliative care services have modest budgets, with 60% operating on less than $300,000 annually.
  • Every major metropolitan area in California except Los Angeles increased the number of hospital-based palliative care programs between 2007 and 2011. The percentage of Los Angeles hospitals with such programs actually decreased.

Read the complete press release now. For further details and additional resources, including a consumer guide for developing an advance directive from the American Bar Association and videos of individuals and family members reflecting on their experiences with these issues, visit www.chcf.org/endoflifecare.

Heart Medications Help Only If You Take Them

People take their prescribed medications for chronic conditions such as heart disease only about half the time. This high rate of “nonadherence” leads to an estimated 125,000 preventable deaths in the United States each year and costs the health care system between $100 and $300 billion annually. The February 2012 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter looks at this huge problem and offers practical tips on how to ensure that people take the medications they need, when they should be taking them. Cost is one barrier, of course, but so are complicated dosing regimens, hassles in getting prescriptions filled, and side effects. The February Heart Letter offers some hurdle-clearing ideas:

  • Cost — When you get a new prescription, check with your health plan to make sure it’s the lowest-cost option available. If not, talk with your doctor. Also, take advantage of free medication programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and the discount plans at large retailers and pharmacies.
  • Complexity — If you take several medications with different dosing schedules, talk with your doctor about how to streamline your medication regimen. Also, recent studies have shown that using mail-order pharmacies can improve medication adherence, presumably through convenience and cost advantages.
  • Side effects — Heart medications come with non-life-threatening but bothersome side effects, including fatigue, nausea, coughing, and muscle pain. Both doctors and pharmacists can offer effective strategies to ease side effects, but only if you talk with them about it.

The February Heart Letter feature on medication adherence also includes useful tips for establishing personalized memory aids for tracking which medications to take and when. Read the full-length article: “Medications help the heart — if you take them”

Kaiser Study Examines Implications of Medi-Cal Role for Diabetics

A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows how Medicaid coverage provides access to care for adults with diabetes and how Medicaid (known as Medi-Cal in California) expansions under the Affordable Care Act could improve access for currently uninsured adults with diabetes. In the paper, published Jan. 10 in the journal Health Affairs, Foundation researchers Rachel Garfield and Anthony Damico report that adult Medicaid beneficiaries with diabetes have higher spending and service use than adult beneficiaries without the disease, but comparable access. At the same time, uninsured low-income adults with diabetes have higher out-of-pocket spending, are less likely to use services, and are more likely to report access barriers than those already covered by Medicaid. As they become eligible for Medicaid under health reform they are likely to enter the program with unmet health needs, and covering them is likely to result in both improved access and increased use of health care by this population, the study found. The full study, “Medicaid Expansion Under Health Reform May Increase Service Use and Improve Access For Low-Income Adults With Diabetes,” can be accessed online at http://www.kff.org/medicaid/kcmu11012oth.cfm.

Creating Safer Sleep Environments for Kids

January through March: First 5 San Joaquin is pleased to present the Quarterly Health Messaging E-Toolkit on “Safer Sleep Environments.” This quarter’s health messaging toolkit focuses on increasing the awareness about the risk of fatal sleeping accidents and injuries among young children due to unsafe sleep environments. View more information and resources.

Physical Fitness Trumps Body Weight in Reducing Death Risks

If you maintain or improve your fitness level — even if your body weight has not changed or increased — you can reduce your risk of death, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. In a study of 14,345 adult men, mostly white and middle or upper class, researchers found that:

  • Maintaining or improving fitness was associated with a lower death risk even after controlling for Body Mass Index (BMI) change.
  • Every unit of increased fitness (measured as MET, metabolic equivalent of task) over six years was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of heart disease and stroke-related deaths and a 15 percent lower risk of death from any cause.
  • Becoming less fit was linked to higher death risk, regardless of BMI changes.
  • BMI change was not associated with death risks.

BMI is a measurement based on weight and height (kg/m2). MET measures the intensity of aerobic exercise – specifically, the ratio of metabolic rate during a specific physical activity to a reference rate of metabolic rate at rest. “This is good news for people who are physically active but can’t seem to lose weight,” said Duck-chul Lee, Ph.D., the study’s lead researcher and physical activity epidemiologist in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health in Columbia. “You can worry less about your weight as long as you continue to maintain or increase your fitness levels.” Results of the study underscore the importance of physical inactivity as a risk factor for death from heart disease and stroke, said researchers. Researchers also found no association between changes in body fat percentage or body weight and death risk. Participants, who were an average 44 years old, were part of the long-term, large-scale Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. They underwent at least two comprehensive medical exams. Researchers used maximal treadmill tests to estimate physical fitness (maximal METs), and height and weight measurements to calculate BMI. They recorded changes in BMI and physical fitness over six years.

Questions About Health Reform Law?

  • How are small businesses affected by health reform?
  • Will everyone have to buy health insurance?
  • How will the new provision allowing young adults to remain on a parent’s insurance work?

The FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s new Health Reform Source provides concise answers to common questions about the health reform law. You can search for your question or submit a new question if yours is not addressed. http://healthreform.kff.org/faq.aspx. Additional questions addressing the affordability of health insurance, how programs like Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) will be financed under health reform and others are addressed in a series of Video Explainer clips featuring foundation experts answering specific questions about the law on a variety of health policy topics. http://healthreform.kff.org/video-explainers.aspx. Kaiser’s Health Reform Source, http://healthreform.kff.org, an online gateway providing easy access to new and comprehensive resources on the health reform law, provides these and other new features and tools including an interactive timeline showing when health-reform provisions take effect, all the latest polling data, links to other information resources, and the latest health-reform headlines from Kaiser Health News.

ONGOING

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital 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. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 478-1888 or (209) 339-7821. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

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.

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.

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 visit www.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.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Every Wednesday 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 Memorial Hospital offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. For information, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

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) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital 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) 461-3251. 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) 464-7369 or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

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) 461-3251. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

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.

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 Educational Opportunities

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital Event Calendar.

Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital Classes and Events

Click here for Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital Classes and Events.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

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

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

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

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

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

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

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

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

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

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

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

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

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

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

  • Immunizations: Monday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

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

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

Protect Your Preteen from Serious Diseases

The Calaveras County Public Health Department reminds families of preteens about recommended and required immunizations for 11-and 12-year olds. Dr. Dean Kelaita, county health officer, encouraged families of preteens to schedule a doctor visit and get vaccines they need to stay healthy and meet the Tdap school entry requirement for incoming seventh-graders. During 2010, California experienced a whooping cough (also known as pertussis) epidemic that resulted in 10 infant deaths. Incoming seventh-graders for the 2012-13 school year must provide proof of having immunization against whooping cough (Tdap) before starting school. Students who have not met the requirement will not be allowed to start school. Immunity from childhood vaccines wears off over time, exposing a child to serious diseases that can lead to missed weeks of school or serious illness. Besides the Tdap shot, there are other immunizations that are now recommended for this age group, including the meningococcal vaccine, a second chickenpox shot (if they never had chickenpox disease), and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series. Also, everyone older than 6 months is recommended to receive flu vaccine. The Calaveras County Public Health Department offers no- or low-cost vaccines to children without health insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. No one is turned away for inability to pay. Information: (209) 754-6460 or www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

Calaveras County Public Health Community Immunization Clinics

  • San Andreas: weekly at Public Health Department, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C-2. Mondays 3 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Valley Springs: monthly at United Methodist Church, 135 Laurel St. Third Tuesday 3 to 5:30 p.m.

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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.comThanks, Joe

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