Joe’s Health Calendar 1/31/13 Walk More Eat Less


Stockton Meth & Crime Town Hall

Jan. 31 (today) 6:30 p.m.: The Stockton Meth & Crime Town Hall will feature award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson, who spent 18 months as an embedded reporter with Northern California law enforcement in order to produce his new book, “Shadow People: How meth-driven crime is eating at the heart of rural America.” Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva will be a special guest. The free event will be at San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services, Conference Rooms A & B, 1212 N. California St., Stockton. Light refreshments will be served. Information: Carol at (209) 323-0499. This event is sponsored by Celebrate Life Meth Free, St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center and Anthem Blue Cross.

CareVan Offers Free Daily Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. Clinics do not offer chronic care services such as high blood pressure and diabetes, unless noted. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471. Clinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • Jan. 31 (today) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: San Joaquin County Fairgrounds: 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.

VA Offers Flu Vaccine to Veterans

The 10 facilities of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System are offering flu vaccinations to thousands of eligible California military veterans. While veterans are encouraged to request their flu vaccination during regularly scheduled appointments, walk-in clinics are available at the following locations and times. Current information from the VA Palo Alto Health Care System is always posted at and

  • Stockton: Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 7777 S. Freedom Road, French Camp; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Palo Alto: 3801 Miranda Ave.; Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Menlo Park: 795 Willow Road, Bldg. 321, Front Desk; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Livermore: 4951 Arroyo Road, Bldg. 62, Third Floor; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Capitola: Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1350 41st Ave., Suite 102; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fremont: Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 39199 Liberty St.; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Modesto: Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1524 McHenry Ave.; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monterey: Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 3401 Engineer Lane, Seaside; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • San Jose: Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 80 Great Oaks Blvd.; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sonora: Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 13663 Mono Way; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Support Heart Health for Women, Get Free Soup

Feb. 1 (Friday): Mimi’s Café is dedicated to raising awareness for heart health and truly supporting the women we love. For 10 years, 627,000 women’s lives have been saved through the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, but the fight is far from over. Health is not an option and Mimi’s wants all their guests and teammates to join together to help prevent heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. Mimi’s Cafe is again raising awareness and funds for Go Red For Women this February, American Heart Month, with its second annual campaign, Mimi’s Goes Red. Come into Mimi’s Café, 5607 Pacific Ave., Stockton, on Feb. 1, the 10th National Wear Red day, wearing red and receive a free cup of Mimi’s Signature Soup. In addition, throughout the month, guests who donate $1 will receive a heart-shaped tribute card to inscribe and display in the restaurant to complement the iconic red dress standee and red décor. A $5 donation comes with a limited-edition sparkle red dress lapel pin, with 100 percent of all donations going directly to the American Heart Association. As a thank you, donors will receive up to $30 in Mimi’s savings. Every Tuesday throughout the month, as a show of appreciation, warm-hearted guests can also enjoy a complimentary cup of Mimi’s hot and savory soup with a donation. Information:(209) 952-1150.

Your Diabetes Success Plan in Manteca

Feb. 1 (first of eight Fridays) 9 to 11 a.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan Program offers free eight-session diabetes class series on basics to a healthy life: diabetes overview and blood sugar monitoring; diabetes nutrition and exercise; heart health; diabetes medications; know your blood sugar numbers; basic carbohydrate counting; your diabetes success care plan; and putting the pieces together, “Life’s Sweet Journey.” Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca. Registration is not required. After attending six sessions, participants diagnosed with diabetes will receive a free glucometer. Information: (209) 461-3251

Give Kids a Smile Free Dental Services

Feb. 2 (Saturday) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Free dental screenings, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride and emergency treatments for children up to 17 years old will be offered atUniversity of the Pacific’s Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center, 757 Brookside Road, Stockton. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event, Give Kids a Smile Day, includes games, clowns and face painting. Give Kids a Smile is annually sponsored by the San Joaquin Dental Society in association with University of the Pacific. Services will be provided by volunteer dentists from the community and students from Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Information:

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

Feb. 2 (and 11 following 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., 2nd Floor, Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital). Information: (209) 468-3755.

Meet Lodi Hospital’s New Da Vinci Surgical Robot

Feb. 2 (Saturday) 2:30 to 4 p.m.: Don’t miss the special da Vinci open house for the public in the main lobby of Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. The da Vinci technology allows surgeons to use the assistance of a robot for general, gynecological and urological surgeries. It offers less invasive surgeries and, because of its precision, the chance for greatly improved outcomes. Several Lodi Health surgeons have recently become certified experts with the technology, and they will be on hand to demonstrate their skills. And there will be a contest for those 18 and younger to name the robot. The winning entry will receive $250 for their college fund.

The Secrets of Baby Behavior

The Public Health Breastfeeding Initiative is pleased to bring this terrific four-hour training to San Joaquin County. Our goal is to spread these important Baby Behaviormessages to hospital staff, health care providers and community organizations throughout the county. You are welcome to attend any session at any location, but pre-registration is required. Click here for information or contact Mary Woelfel at (209) 468-3267 or Presented by the UC Davis Human Lactation Center:

  • Feb. 7 (Thursday) 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.: San Joaquin General Hospital, French Camp; RSVP: (209) 468-6914.
  • Feb. 15 (Friday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.: Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Tracy; RSVP: (209) 833-2419.
  • March 15 (Friday) 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Dameron Hospital, Stockton; RSVP: (209) 461-3136.
  • March 25 (Monday) 7:45 to 11:45 a.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Stockton; RSVP: (209) 467-6331.
  • March 28 (Thursday) 1 to 5 p.m.: Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, Stockton; RSVP: (209) 468-3267.

Breastfeeding Class in Lodi

Feb. 7 (Thursday) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (or March 7): Lodi Health offers “Breastfeeding: Getting off to a Great Start,” a free, 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 Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m., and is available only to participants who have already attended “Breastfeeding: Getting off to a Great Start.” Classes are held at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Registration: (209) 339-7520. Visit for information.

Black Barbershop Free Health Screenings

Feb. 9 (Saturday) noon to 4 p.m.: Free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes during the annual Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, hosted by the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will be held at three barbershops in Stockton. The program is part of a national outreach effort designed to bring awareness to the African American community about how important it is to obtain regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Those three illnesses have been identified as the leading causes of death in African Americans. The event is free and all are welcome to participate. Information: Adaeze Okeh at (619) 245-9876 or The Black Barbershop screenings will be held at:

  • Dudes and Divas, 345 N. California St., Stockton.
  • Bay Kutz, 533 W. Harding Way, Stockton.
  • Tru Barber Styles, 8037 West Lane, Suite A, Stockton. 

Healthy by Choice, Not by Chance

Feb. 10 (Sunday) 3 to 6 p.m.: Manteca CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) presents its fourth annual Valentine’s Banquet at Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton. It will feature vegetarian cuisine, entertainment, drawings and a presentation with featured guest Dr. Hans Diehl, founder of Manteca CHIP. Tickets: $35 for those 16 and older; $30 early bird by Jan. 18. Information: Linda at (209) 589-3807.

Free Mass Fatalities Planning and Response Training

Feb. 12 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is making it easier for emergency responders in the Northern San Joaquin Valley to be prepared for such events by delivering a free U.S. Department of Homeland Security-certified course in mass fatality planning and response for rural communities. This eight-hour instructor-led course will be offered at the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Regional Training Center, 3805 Cornucopia Way, Modesto, giving participants the basics of mass fatality response while providing the opportunities to exchange rural perceptions and brainstorm solutions to simulated emergencies. Registration deadline is Jan. 29. Click here to register.

Teaching Healthy Habits for Life: A Community Approach

Join the California Department of Education at one of four forums to forge partnerships among school districts and other agencies that provide nutrition education and promotion in your community. Explore how each organization’s structures, services and goals support students in discovering how to eat and have a healthy life. Together, we will strategize how best to leverage and share resources for the common goal of improving the health and academic success of students. Information: Heather Reed at

  • Feb. 13: San Jose.
  • Feb. 21: Woodland.
  • March 6: Fresno.
  • March 15: Los Angeles.

Total-Joint Replacement Class

Feb. 14 (Thursday) 1 p.m. knee class; 2 p.m. hip class (or Feb. 28): Lodi Health’s Outpatient-Rehabilitation Services offers a free, educational class for those planning to have total joint-replacement surgery of the hip or knee at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Learn about preparations and exercises to do before surgery; the day of surgery and what to expect during the hospital stay; rehabilitation following surgery; techniques to decrease pain and swelling; and ways to promote maximum healing and return to normal function. Call (209) 333-3136 for more information or to sign up for the class. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. For information on other classes, visit


Feb. 23 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Asthmanology – Aimed to bring asthma awareness and education to the community. Joined by Respiratory Works, the World of Wonders Science Museum, 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi, will be filled with activities aimed to increase awareness of asthma. Educated staff from Respiratory Works will be on site to advocate and bring asthma education and awareness to kids and families. If you have asthma, know someone with asthma or want to learn more about asthma, this event is for you. Regular museum admission applies. Information: (209) 368-0969 or

SALUD Outreach

Feb. 23 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: University of the Pacific student pharmacists will be offering free screenings and health information at The Market at San Joaquin Delta College, South Burke Bradley Road, Locke 3 Parking Lot, Stockton. Attendees can have their blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes checked and receive a health consultation. Admission and parking are free and Spanish speakers will be available. Information:

Childbirth Preparation Class in Lodi

Feb. 23 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or March 23): Lodi Health offers a complimentary one-day childbirth-preparation class at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Call (209) 339-7520 to register. For information on other classes, visit

Planning a Career in Health Services?

Deadline Feb. 24 (Sunday): Health Plan of San Joaquin’s Health Careers Scholarship Program awards up to 20 $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors from San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties to pursue a medical career.Click here for information and application. Visit to learn more about Health Plan or contact Shani Richards at (209) 461-2284 or

Volunteer for HICAP in Stockton and Lodi

Week of Feb. 25: HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) volunteer counselors help people understand Medicare. Do you enjoy working with seniors? Are you energetic, computer-literate and interested in giving back to your community? Medicare is a complex and often confusing health insurance benefit for individuals 65 and older, as well as for younger disabled individuals. Would you like to help people understand Medicare and assist in the resolution of problems with Medicare or related health plans? Our counselors typically volunteer 20 hours per month during business hours.  We currently need additional counselors in Stockton & Lodi. HICAP Services of Northern California provides a comprehensive training and mentoring program. Our next training session will be held in West Sacramento and begins the last week of February.  Our counselors are registered with the California Department of Aging and provide services right here in San Joaquin County. If this sounds of interest to you, please contact HICAP about becoming a Registered HICAP Counselor. Get an application packet now from Susan Billings, assistant program manager, HICAP Services of Northern California, at (916) 375-3761 or

Kidney Smart Class

Feb. 28 (Thursday) 2 to 4 p.m. (or March 28): Stockton Home Training Davita, 545 E. Cleveland St., Suite B, Stockton, has redesigned its free Community Kidney Disease Education classes offered monthly as space allows. Information: (209) 944-9055.

Big-Brother/Big-Sister Class in Lodi

March 13 (Wednesday) 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers a free big-brother/big-sister preparation class at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. This class, for children ages 3 through 8, will help youngsters adjust to the arrival of the new baby. Registration: (209) 339-7520.


Time to Bag the Junk

Bag the Junk is an informational website to support the NEA Health Information Network’s Healthier School Food Advocacy project, a national initiative to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, cafeteria à la carte lines, school stores and fundraisers. These foods and beverages are collectively known as “competitive foods” because they compete with school meals for students’ spending. Many schools sell a wide variety of junk foods and sugary drinks to students and research shows that students eat less of their lunch, consume more fat, take in fewer nutrients and gain weight when schools sell such unhealthy fare outside of meals. Experts are calling for strong nutrition standards for competitive foods to help ensure all students are well-fed and prepared to learn. The overall goal of the Bag the Junk website is to provide school employees and other members of the school community with information on competitive foods, to help you act as informed champions for healthy snack foods and beverages in schools. Support for this website was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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 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.

Covered California Annual Report

The first-ever Covered California Annual Report has been delivered to the governor and Legislature and is now available online. This annual report is statutorily required. A link to the annual report has been added to Covered California’s homepage at or access the report using this link.

Protect Yourself and Pets Against Extreme Cold

San Joaquin County residents can expect very cold weather over the next week or more, particularly overnight, and should take steps to protect themselves, their pets and livestock, according to San Joaquin County Public Health Services. “Taking precautions and making preparations for extremely cold weather will reduce the risk of weather-related health injuries,” said county Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst. “Exposure to extreme cold can cause injury or serious health conditions. Those especially at risk during cold weather include seniors, infants and other vulnerable people,” Furst said. Tips to stay healthy and safe during cold weather include the following:

  • Maintain a heated environment inside your home. Have extra blankets on hand. Be aware that space heaters can be a fire risk. Choose heaters with an automatic shut-off switch and nonglowing elements.
  • If you do not have heat, go to a friend or family member’s home or local shelter.
  • Do not bring outdoor heating devices into the home (e.g. barbecues and other cooking equipment) because they can produce deadly carbon monoxide (visit CDC at
  • Regularly check on family members or neighbors who are elderly or have special needs, especially if they live alone.
  • If you live alone, keep in contact with friends and family.
  • Wear several layers of lightweight and warm clothing, a hat and mittens, and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs when outside.
  • Avoid heavy exertion in the cold; cold weather can put added strain on the heart. If you must work outdoors, dress warmly and work slowly.
  • Be cautious when traveling; check road conditions before traveling and let others know of your route and estimated time of arrival. Keep extra blankets, food and water in your vehicle.
  • Move family pets indoors or to an enclosure out of the elements. Likewise, protect livestock or other large animals from the cold weather. Make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
  • Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip slowly during cold weather to avoid freezing; learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

The most common cold-related health problems are frostbite and hypothermia:

  • Frostbite results in a loss of feeling and color in affected areas of the body. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes and can permanently damage the body.
  • Hypothermia occurs when the body is exposed to very cold temperatures and begins to lose heat. In adults, hypothermia can appear as shivering, confusion, memory loss, fumbling hands, numbness or slurred speech. Children may have very low energy and cold skin that appears red. If any of these signs appear, the person’s temperature should be checked. Individuals with temperatures below 95 degrees Fahrenheit require medical attention immediately. San Joaquin County residents who have an emergency related to the cold weather should call 911.

Other common symptoms of cold-related health problems to be aware of include: stiff muscles, slowed breathing, dizziness, puffy face and waxy or discolored skin. If you need emergency medical attention, call your physician or 911 immediately. County officials will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Additional tips to stay healthy and safe during cold weather are available on the San Joaquin County Public Health Services website,

Better Mommy Care Will Improve Community

First 5 San Joaquin invites you to partner with us to help expecting and new parents give their baby the best possible start in life, and help keep new moms in good emotional and physical health. Statistics show that the earlier a woman starts prenatal care, the healthier she and her baby will be. San Joaquin County ranks near the
bottom in infant mortality, low birth weights and prenatal care. However, there is much we can all do to address this and help to ensure that new and expecting mothers receive the best “mommy care” possible. Read on for more information and resources to assist you in your efforts!

Baby With Birth Defect Born Every 4½ Minutes

January: Every 4½ minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur and of the steps that can be taken to prevent them. While not all birth defects can be prevented, there are things a woman can do get ready for a healthy pregnancy. In light of this, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put together a site filled with guidelines, quotes, and rights-free resources on how to manage health conditions and adopt healthy behaviors before, during, and after pregnancy. View CDC site here.

Check Out is a free web-based platform designed to assist hospitals (with particular attention to critical access and other smaller facilities), nonprofit organizations, state and local health departments, financial institutions, and other organizations seeking to better understand the needs and assets of their communities, and to collaborate to make measurable improvements in community health and well-being.

State Makes it Easier to Dispute Health Plan

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) launched a new secure, easy-to-use online form to allow Californians to file complaints regarding their health plan quickly and easily from any computer. The portal (click here), available in both English and Spanish, enables consumers to request an external review of a health plan’s denial of medical services, known as an Independent Medical Review.  Previously, health plan enrollees had to submit the required forms and paperwork via mail or fax. “With more Californians to gain health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, this new online portal will ensure there is a fast and easy way for them to get the care they are entitled to,” said Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. Each year, the DMHC receives and resolves approximately 4,000 complaints from health plan members. Topics range from issues relating to access to care, claims, enrollment, benefits or coordination of care. Additionally, the DMHC annually administers approximately 1,700 Independent Medical Reviews of a health plan denial of service. These reviews are conducted by independent doctors not affiliated with the health plan. ”This new online portal will help more Californians take advantage of the free health care assistance available through the Department of Managed Health Care’s Help Center,” said Brent Barnhart, DMHC director. The DMHC also unveiled two new online videos explaining the services available through the DMHC Help Center. Independent Medical Review process: Services available through the DMHC Help Center: The secure complaint portal and online videos were funded through a federal Affordable Care Act grant. The DMHC regulates managed care health plans in California, protects the rights of approximately 20 million health plan enrollees, educates consumers on their health care rights and responsibilities, and preserves the financial stability of the managed health care system. Since 2000, the department has helped more than 1 million Californians resolve health plan problems through its Help Center. Information and assistance is available 24/7 at or by calling (888) 466-2219.

No Time Like Now to GET FIT!

First 5 San Joaquin invites you to partner with us to help families and communities in San Joaquin County GET FIT! Recent reports indicate that 1 in 5 children between 2-5 years old are already overweight or obese.  More than two-thirds of obese children will become obese adults.  Obesity can cause health problems that may include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.  Children who are physically fit are less likely to suffer from chronic diseases in childhood and adulthood, and are more likely to become physically active adults. This quarter’s health messaging efforts will focus on equipping educators and advocates with resources to help families to GET FIT.  Read on for more information and resources to assist you in your efforts. Join the movement to help families make the change!

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 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.

The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box

The Central Valley Health Policy Institute based at Fresno State has developed an Affordable Care Act Policy Education Tool, “The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box,” to be offered to community organizations and members of the public. The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box can be described as a basic curriculum and process for introducing the Affordable Care Act, understanding its flaws, options for improvement and understanding the Romney/Ryan voucher care alternative. “It’s a nice, objective, nonpartisan presentation,” said Dr. John Capitman, executive director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute. “People learn tools that can be used for making their own judgments about health care reform.” Included in The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box is a complete power point presentation with a full script and accompanying participant workbook. The workbook provides a frame through which health care policy should be examined, as well as an examination of the ACA and Ryan/Romney proposal. The Workshop-in-a-Box also includes a supporting glossary, reference section, quick sheets and current health care policy news. The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box is designed so that even a health care policy novice can learn, examine and understand the ACA in a way that allows them the capacity to engage others in the debate around current health care policy options in the U.S. “We will facilitate workshops with organizations that request the service and will also provide the Workshop-in-a-Box to others in the hopes that they facilitate The Great Health Care Debate Workshop in their own communities or organizations,” Capitman said. To request The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box or to schedule a workshop, contact Dr. John Capitman at (559) 228-2159.

Affordable Care Act Toolkits

As consumers, businesses and health plans continue to prepare for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, the California Department of Managed Health Care has released a series of toolkits to educate Californians about the changes that have already occurred in the health care system. “The Affordable Care Act puts in place strong new consumer protections, provides additional coverage options and gives people more tools to make informed choices about their health care,” DMHC Director Brent Barnhart said. “These toolkits are designed to ensure that individuals, families, seniors and businesses are aware of the ways they can benefit from these changes in our health care system.” The four toolkits are designed to provide information and resources targeted to individuals, families, seniors and small businesses and contain audience specific questions and answers, a resource guide, and fact sheets on topics such as: when a plan can cancel your coverage; how to file a grievance or appeal; how to keep your coverage through a “grandfathered” health plan; getting the most from your health care dollars; and the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The toolkits were funded through a federal Affordable Care Act consumer assistance grant.

$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, 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.

We’re FAT!

Here are the latest statistics on Stockton and surrounding cities on overweight and obesity.

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. 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. Kaiser’s Health Reform Source,, 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.


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 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

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 or

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

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

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

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: 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 visit

  • 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.

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. 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.

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) 461-3136 or

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

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’

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

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) 461-3251.Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at

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

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

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

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


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

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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.

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.


San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

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

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

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

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

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

Stockton (209) 468-3280

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

 Manteca  (209) 823-7104

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

 Tracy (209) 831-5930

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

Flu Vaccine Available at Calaveras Public Health Department

Recent news reports of an expected severe flu season in 2013 have created an interest in receiving flu vaccine. The Calaveras County Public Health Department encourages residents who have not been vaccinated to do so soon. “Flu cases in the U.S. have occurred earlier than normal and the severity of the flu this year is greater,” reported Dr. Dean Kelaita, county health officer. State and county health officials anticipate increased flu activity in California in the coming weeks and urge vaccination now.  “Getting vaccinated now allows time for immunity to develop from the vaccine before cases increase,” Kelaita said. People at high risk for complications from the flu, include:

  • Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities

All individuals over 6 months of age are recommended to get flu vaccine to protect young infants and high risk family members. Medi-Cal and Medicare are accepted. Fee: $16, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Information: (209) 754-6460 or Vaccination clinics:

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

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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 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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