Mothers Taking Action!
May 29 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Ask yourself these questions: Is it difficult for you to eat healthy? Is it difficult for you to exercise and stay active? Do you or your children struggle with diabetes or other chronic illnesses? Are you ready to take action? Be part of Mothers Taking Action! We are your neighbors, friends, sisters – and your partners in the fight for a healthy future for our children and our communities. We know moms can make a big difference … So, we need your help! San Joaquin County mothers are coming together now. Join us at Diamond Cove II, 5506 Tam O’Shanter Drive, Stockton, to share your ideas. Free produce and cookbooks. Information: (209) 468-3868.
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.May 23 (Wednesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
- May 29 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Food 4 Less, 789 W. Hammer Lane, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
- May 30 (Wednesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: West Lane Bowl, 3900 West Lane, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
- May 31 (Thursday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Senior Awareness Day at Micke Grove Park, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi. This clinic is brought to you by St. Joseph’s Spirit Club members.
Help Wanted: HICAP Training Volunteer Medicare Counselors
May 31 (Thursday) deadline: HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – that assists seniors and younger disabled individuals with understanding the complex rules and health plans associated with Medicare, is seeking new volunteer counselors to attend its upcoming training program beginning in June. Counselors typically volunteer 20 hours per month, during business hours, in Stockton, Manteca and Lodi. Computer literacy is helpful. Training will lead to assisting disabled people and those older than 65 understand the federal government’s Medicare health benefit and help in the resolution of problems associated with Medicare or related health plans. HICAP Services of Northern California provides a comprehensive training and mentoring program. Its counselors are registered with the California Department of Aging. Those interested in becoming a registered HICAP counselor should contact assistant program manager Susan Billings at (916) 375-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 2 (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.
June 6 (Wednesday) 7 to 9:30 p.m. Also 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.
Breastfeeding: Getting Off to a Great Start
June 7 (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 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.
Growing GREENS/Eating LEAN
June 7 (Thursday) 11 a.m. to noon (or June 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.
All Day Childbirth Preparation Class
June 9 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Also 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 orwww.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.
Welcome to Life Tour
June 11 (Wednesday) 7 to 9 p.m. (also 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) 461-5213or www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.
San Joaquin General Hospital Interim Board of Trustees
June 13 (Wednesday) 4 p.m.: The next regular scheduled meeting of the San Joaquin General Hospital Interim Board of Trustees will be held at Health Plan of San Joaquin Community Room, 7751 S. Manthey Road, French Camp. Click here for information.
Having a Cesarean Birth
June 13 (Wednesday) 5 to 6:30 p.m. (Also 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 orwww.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.
June 13 (Wednesday) 7 to 9:30 p.m. (Also 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 orwww.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.
Bike (or Hike) to Feed the Hungry + Health & Safety Fair
June 16 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: The fourth annual Bike (or Hike) to Feed the Hungry event will start and finish at University of the Pacific’s DeRosa University Center, 901 Presidents Drive, Stockton. This “adventure event” is designed to get Stocktonians up and moving – whether it is biking or walking/hiking. The event offers three bicycling courses; two of them along the Calaveras Bike Path; the bike trail “westerly route” is 9.3 miles out to Buckley Cove park on the Stockton Deep Water Channel, the other “easterly route” is 7.6 miles. The walking route offers walkers (and, bicyclists, too) a pleasant, shaded route south through Stockton’s midtown historical housing district to the Stockton Ports Baseball Park, a round trip of 4.3 miles. Bicyclists can link all three routes together for a round-trip bike route totaling 21.3 miles. Fun activities for kids of all ages and a kids’ Bike Rodeo for youngsters ages 1 to 9 will begin at 9 a.m. Tricycles, bikes with training wheels, and other novice riders are welcomed. The rodeo will offer an obstacle course, contests and safety lessons for new bikers. A “Get Fit, Stockton” Health and Fitness Fair will greet walkers and bikers when they return to the university campus. The event also features nutritious food, drink, fun for the family and displays from many agencies and businesses which help families get, and stay, fit and healthy. Entrance fee for the Bike (or Hike) to Feed the Hungry is $25 (or pledges of $35+), or $10 for the Kids Bike Rodeo (by the early registration deadline of June 6; prices increase by $5 after that date, and, another $5 on day of the event); all participants receive a Hike and Bike T-shirt and a delicious barbecue lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants are urged to raise additional pledges to help defeat hunger in our community. The Bike (or Hike) to Feed the Hungry event is presented by the Emergency Food Bank, which annually serves over 130,000 county residents – providing packaged food and nutrition education to families and seniors. Participants are also urged to bring canned goods or staples to the event. Information:www.stocktonhikeandbike.org. Questions: Babette Davis or Tim Viall, Emergency Food Bank, at (209) 464-7369 email@example.com.
Stork Tours for Parents-To-Be
June 20 (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.
Photography Contest: The Joys of Breastfeeding
Deadline June 30 (Saturday) 5 p.m.: The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County is sponsoring the 2012 Photography Contest, “The Joys of Breastfeeding: Celebrating the Bond Between Mother and Child.” Prizes will be awarded to the winning mother in two categories: personal/amateur; and professional. A new category this year will be the People’s Choice Award voted on by attendees of the 2012 Birth, Baby and Bonding Fair Aug. 5 (1 to 5 p.m.) at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Click here for information and entry form for the photo contest. Questions: please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Brother – Big Sister in Stockton
July 10 (Tuesday) 6 to 7 p.m. (Also 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.
Childbirth Preparation Series
July 11, 18, 25, 27 Aug. 1. (Wednesdays) 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (also 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.
Prenatal Nutrition and Exercise
Aug. 8 (Thursday) 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Also 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 orwww.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.
Free Dental Clinic in Sacramento
Aug. 24 (Friday) and Aug. 25 (Saturday) 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; clinic doors open at 5 a.m.: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. When the clinic has reached the number of patients it can serve Friday, the rest of the people in line will be asked to come on Saturday and will be provided with information on local dental clinics and/or dentists. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. We strongly encourage you to come early. The event is a collaborative effort between the California Dental Association, the CDA Foundation and the national charitable organization Missions of Mercy. Click here for more information.
Hydrocephalus Awareness & Family Fun Day
Sept. 29 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The third annual Northern California Hydrocephalus Awareness & Family Fun Day will be held in Mountain House, just north of Tracy. Last year’s Family Fun Day was a huge success as our families and community came together to share and join in an inspirational day that helped raise close to $16,000 for research. This year we expect more fun, food, music, great raffle prizes and inspiration as we continue to march on with the C.H.A.N.G.E. Hydrocephalus campaign that will:
- Increase support in local communities by holding monthly “meet-ups” designed to empower individuals and families in dealing with the condition known as hydrocephalus and some of its challenges.
- Increase education in local schools, hospitals and other facilities that are linked to the Hydrocephalus Community by providing informational talks and/or providing educational and supportive materials.
- Work closely with neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Sun, his staff and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, to ensure the most up-to-date information and treatment for hydrocephalus is distributed to the community, schools and medical facilities.
- Increase funding for local communities here in California and across the United States, eventually spreading the C.H.A.N.G.E. campaign globally.
- Hold annual Hydrocephalus Community Awareness Family Fun Days uniting community, families, friends and anyone who wishes to join in on the inspirational fun!
A Pocketful of Change and the C.H.A.N.G.E. Hydrocephalus campaign continues with the dream it has had since it was founded in August 2010 – continued support, awareness, education, funding and advancement toward the care and treatment of hydrocephalus and continuing to hold the Family Fun Day for the third year in a row. APC is dedicated to you, your children and our communities. Information: email@example.com.
In this tutorial, MaryBeth Musumeci, senior health policy analyst for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, focuses on the 9 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities who receive coverage through both Medicare and Medicaid – a population with complex needs and very high health and long-term care expenses. This tutorial provides a closer look at the characteristics of dual eligibles, the types of services and coverage they receive from each program, and how program spending for this population is allocated. Lastly, Musumeci discusses challenges with coordinating care across the two very different programs and reviews the Affordable Care Act provisions that address these issues. The foundation provides additional resources that examine the dual eligible population, their health care needs and spending, and ongoing efforts to coordinate care across the two programs.
Institute of Medicine Aims to Accelerate Progress in Preventing Obesity
Report Recommends Strategies, Calls On All Sectors of Society to Take Action Now
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a report that outlines comprehensive strategies for addressing the nation’s obesity epidemic and calls on leaders in all sectors to accelerate action to advance those strategies. The release was a highlight of the second day of the 2012 Weight of the Nation conference, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Make physical activity an integral and routine part of life.
- Create food and beverage environments that ensure healthy food and beverage options are the routine, easy choice.
- Transform messages about physical activity and nutrition.
- Expand the role of health care providers, insurers and employers in obesity prevention.
- Make schools a national focal point for obesity prevention.
The full report, a summary, practical guides for taking action and other materials are available for free on the IOM website.
- Get materials from the IOM website.
- Read a statement by James S. Marks, MD, MPH, senior vice president and director of RWJF’s Health Group.
- See a brief video of Marks sharing his thoughts about the report.
Spanish-Language Website for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
California’s Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board launched a new Spanish-language website for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The website provides Californians who need their health information in Spanish with the same information as the English-language website, to help improve the Latino population’s access to the federally funded program. The Spanish website is available at www.pcip.ca.gov/Home/?lang=es. Information about PCIP, including applications, can be found on the PCIP website www.pcip.ca.gov and through the PCIP toll-free line at (877) 428-5060.
Sugary drink consumption is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Serving healthy beverages is essential for a child’s nutritious die, and child care settings can play an important role in helping children develop healthy nutrition habits. Learn what you need to know about new state and federal standards for beverages served in child care settings. Healthy Beverages in Child Care is a project of California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA). CFPA, founded in 1992, is a statewide public policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of low-income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious and affordable food.
Health Benefit Exchange Capturing Voice of Uninsured Californians
The Center for Healthcare Decisions has been asked by the California Health Benefit Exchange to design and conduct deliberative group discussions with potential Exchange consumers on the topic of cost-sharing. Cost-sharing refers to the ways that health plan members pay some portion of the expense of the health care services they use. Deductibles and co-payments are the most common types of cost-sharing. The Center will elicit perspectives of uninsured Californians who will be likely enrollees in the health plans available through the Exchange in 2014. Ten discussion groups, including two in Spanish, are being held throughout the state. Each group of 12 local residents will consider the financial impact of different approaches to cost-sharing and their effect on patients with a variety of medical needs. Discussion participants will be asked to consider this topic as community members acting in the best interest of all health plan members, not only as themselves. These meetings will identify important principles for the Exchange to consider as it makes its decisions on how to implement cost-sharing in health benefit plans in the fairest way possible. “We are excited to have the Center for Healthcare Decisions help ensure that the Exchange is guided in our planning by the Californians we are here to serve,” Exchange Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “The Center’s long history of engaging average citizens in difficult decisions about health care policy and practice will be important as we build a new marketplace that will make health insurance more affordable and easier to use for millions of Californians.” The Center’s executive director, Marge Ginsburg, said, “We are pleased with this opportunity to work with the Exchange in capturing the perspectives of those whose voices are especially vital: Californians who will be using the Exchange to access the health insurance they need.” The Center for Healthcare Decisions is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in Rancho Cordova. Established 18 years ago, the Center has worked on local, state and national civic engagement projects that capture the public’s views and values on health care issues requiring trade-offs and priority-setting. In recent years, much of its work has focused on how the public prioritizes health care benefits when resources are limited. California was the first state to create a Health Benefit Exchange following the passage of federal health care reform. It is charged with creating a new insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase competitively priced health plans using federal tax subsidies and credits beginning in 2014. The Exchange is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the governor and Legislature; the California Health and Human Services secretary serves as an ex officio voting member and is its current chair.
Incoming 7th Graders Need Whooping Cough Vaccine
A California law that took effect last summer requires all students entering seventh grade each year to provide proof of having immunization against pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, before starting school. The new rule follows the state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in more than 50 years. “Immunity gained from childhood pertussis vaccine wanes over time, so a Tdap booster shot is needed,” San Joaquin County Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst said. The Tdap booster vaccine protects against three dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial illness spread by coughs and sneezes. Furst recommended parents contact their child’s health care provider now to ensure their child is up to date on all immunization recommendations. Furst urged parents of current sixth-grade students to get their child’s Tdap vaccine before school ends this year and take a copy of the child’s shot record or other documentation to school as soon as possible. Because a large number of students need a Tdap shot between now and the start of the next school year, parents should make an appointment now with their child’s doctor or clinic to avoid the back-to-school rush. School health officials want all students to be protected against disease and able to attend school on the first day without any disruptions. To achieve this, parents should take note of several important factors regarding the state immunization law for school entry in the 2012-13 school year:
- Seventh-grade students without proof of a Tdap vaccination will not be allowed to register for classes or attend school.
- If a child has received one dose of Tdap vaccine on or after their 7th birthday, the requirement is met.
- It is not too early to get the Tdap booster.
- It is not too early to get the documentation in to the school.
- There will be no Tdap immunization clinics at the schools.
- There will be no extension or grace period.
For those who do not have a health care provider or health insurance, Tdap vaccinations are available at many pharmacies and clinics. Public Health Services Immunization Clinic schedules are available online or you may call(209) 468-3830. Personal stories about pertussis and other vaccine preventable diseases can be found on the Shot by Shot website. For more details about the new school vaccination requirement and general information on pertussis,click here. For information about specific school district health services, phone:
- Escalon Unified: (209) 838-3591 ext. 5.
- Jefferson: (209) 468-9296.
- Lincoln Unified: (209) 953-8712.
- Linden Unified: (209) 887-3608.
- Lodi Unified: (209) 331-7075.
- Manteca Unified: (209) 858-0782.
- New Hope: (209) 468-9296.
- New Jerusalem: (209) 468-9296.
- Ripon Unified: (209) 652-8058.
- Stockton Unified: (209) 933-7060 ext. 2390.
- Tracy Unified: (209) 830-3241 ext. 2.
NAMI Launches “Mental Health Care Gets My Vote”
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched a website, “Mental Health Care Gets My Vote,” to mobilize individuals and families affected by mental illness to participate in the 2012 elections. Goals include grassroots voter registration, get-out-the-vote efforts for the general election, dialogues with candidates, and encouraging people to volunteer on election campaigns, regardless of party. See www.nami.org/elections. Approximately one in four Americans experience a mental health problem in any given year. NAMI is the nation’s largest mental health organization. It is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. “Mental Illness does not discriminate,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. “It cuts across all party lines.” The “Mental Health Gets My Vote” website is stocked with information and tools, including detailed breakdowns of state election laws and the rights of people living with disabilities in a “Right to Vote“ section. “As a past Senate president and lieutenant governor in Connecticut, I know that candidates do listen when voters talk to them about issues,” said NAMI National Board President Kevin Sullivan, in avideo.
New Bilingual Mobile Health Website for Latinos
UnitedHealthcare’s Latino Health Solutions has launched a bilingual mobile website that provides health and wellness information tailored to Latinos’ specific cultural and language needs. The mobile website m.uhclatino.com, which can be accessed on a smartphone browser, offers extensive, culturally relevant health and wellness information, tools and resources in both English and Spanish. Rather than returning to a home page to switch languages, users of the new mobile website can toggle between English and Spanish on every page to access health content, including fitness tips, recipes and a glossary of health and insurance terms. This feature makes it easier for all Latinos – Spanish-speaking, predominantly English-speaking and bilingual – to share health information with relatives and friends. The website also offers tips for healthy living and audio podcasts with health messages in Spanish or English – all without having to use a computer.
Asthma and Smoking Cessation Resources
First 5 San Joaquin offers the latest resources for those suffering from asthma. Also, information on smoking cessation and secondhand smoke. Check out their quarterly health message for April through June.
Free Vision and Eye Care Services for Unemployed
In a move to assist more people in a lagging economy, the California Vision Foundation has further extended its free vision and eye care services to those in need. The CVF works to prevent vision loss by offering comprehensive eye examinations and related services through the generosity of foundation partners and donated services from doctors of optometry throughout the state. Low-income families with no medical insurance who are working, and now those who are unemployed, can receive comprehensive eye exams and low-cost glasses. “We are happy to be able to expand our eye and vision health services,” said Dr. Robert Gordon, president of the CVF. “With so many people without access to proper health care, we felt it was necessary to provide at least one opportunity for those in need of assistance to obtain eye care.” Californians can apply for CVF services by clicking here and completing the one-page application (available in English and Spanish) and mail it to: California Vision Foundation, 2415 K St., Sacramento, CA 95816. Information: (800) 877-5738.
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.
Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing
First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, 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) 339-7445. 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
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San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information
Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:
- Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
- Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
- For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
- For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
- For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.
Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
- Get vaccinated.
Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)
Immunization clinic hours are subject to 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 orwww.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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