Broken Resolution? Get Back on Track
Feb. 27 (today) noon to 2 p.m.: Central Valley Recovery/Awarness/Preventing Strokes (CV-RAPS) holds its monthly meeting at The Worknet Building, 56 S. Lincoln St., Stockton. Speakers include Bob Miess, founder of Heart Healthy Lifestyles, and Charles Hall, founder of Good Green Everything. Learn what a stroke is, symptoms and prevention tips, healthy nutritious foods, stress reduction techniques, and gain a heart-focused path to better health. Sponsored by Healings in Motion. $10 fee helps cover lunch cost. Contact Mary Nicholson at email@example.com.
CHP Offers Start Smart Class to Save Teen Lives
Feb. 27 (today) 6 to 8 p.m.: The leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. In an effort to inform and to reduce motor vehicle collisions, the California Highway Patrol Valley Division is offering a free Start Smart class at its headquarters at 2555 First Ave., Sacramento. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. Parents/guardians interested in signing up for the class will need to register by calling (916) 731-6300. Space is limited. The recent fatal collision in Stockton involving teenagers demonstrates the importance of these types of classes. The classes are used to promote traffic safety to both parents and teens. The CHP encourages both parent/caregivers and teens to attend the class together. The CHP’s Start Smart program is a driver-safety education class that targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the ages of 15 to 19 and their parents/guardians. The Start Smart class will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol-related driving laws and the provisional license process. The program also offers an opportunity for new drivers and parents/guardians to ask CHP officers clarifying questions. The class incorporates videos and classroom discussion.
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.
- Feb. 27 (today) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
- Feb. 28 (Thursday) 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.
- March 5 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:Westwood School, 9444 Caywood Drive, Stockton.
- March 6 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Roosevelt School, 766 S. Broadway, Stockton.
- March 7 (Thursday) 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.
- March 9 (Saturday) 8 a.m. to noon: Linden Lions Health Fair, 5041 N. Market St., Linden.
- March 11 (Monday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton. Screenings for diabetes and blood pressure will be provided.
- March 12 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
- March 13 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Taylor School, 1101 Lever Blvd., Stockton.
- March 14 (Thursday) 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.
- March 15 (Friday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: McKinley School, 30 W. Ninth St., Stockton.
- March 19 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 4232 E. Main St., Stockton.
- March 20 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
- March 21 (Thursday) 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.
- March 22 (Friday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Pittman School, 701 E. Park St., Stockton.
- March 25 (Monday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton. Screenings for diabetes and blood pressure will be provided. This clinic is brought to you by St Joseph’s Spirit Club members.
- March 26 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Spanos School, 536 S. California St., Stockton.
- March 27 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
- March 28 (Thursday) 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 www.paloalto.va.gov and www.facebook.com/vapahcs:
- 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.
Health Reform Impact on Boys and Young Men of Color
Feb. 28 (Thursday) 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: The California Program on Access to Care (CPAC), UC Berkeley School of Public Health is convening a briefing entitled: “Health Reform Implementation In California: Impact on Boys and Young Men of Color.” It will be in Sacramento at the State Capitol, Room 444. This briefing is intended to provide policy and program information to support the continuing efforts of The California Endowment’s Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Initiative and implementation of the report released last November by the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. Federally mandated Health Care Reform (ACA) in California provides a set of unique and timely opportunities to address the health care needs of this large and vulnerable population, which in California is in crisis. The briefing’s presentations will provide important policy and program information on the ongoing implementation of the ACA-related programs on this critical population. Richard Figueroa, director, Prevention and Health Care Reform, The California Endowment, will be serving as the briefing moderator. Presenters will include: Ruben Lizardo, deputy director, Policy Link; Ellen Wu, MPH, executive director, California Pan Ethnic Health Network; Ken Jacobs, chair , Center for Labor, Research and Education, UC Berkeley; Jamila Edwards, Northern California director, Children’s Defense Fund; and Jorja Leap, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of social welfare, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Click here for the RSVP form due by Feb. 22 (Friday). Due to a last-minute change in room, space will be limited. Information: Ann Munoz at (510) 642-3729 or AnnMunoz@berkeley.edu.
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.
Total-Joint Replacement Class
Feb. 28 (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 www.lodihealth.org.
Teaching Healthy Habits for Life: A Community Approach
Join the California Department of Education at one of two remaining 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- March 6 (Wednesday): Fresno.
- March 15 (Friday): Los Angeles.
Information Sessions for CSU Master of Nursing Degree
March 7 (Thursday) Turlock, April 17 (Wednesday) Stockton, 2 to 4 p.m.: Prospective students interested in the master of science degree in nursing programs offered by California State University, Stanislaus, are invited to an information session. Attend March 7 at CSU Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Demergasso Bava Hall, Room 118, Turlock or April 17 at CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center, 612 E. Magnolia Ave., Stockton. A new concentration in nursing administration will be discussed, as well as nursing education and gerontological nursing concentrations. Sessions will cover the graduate program, admissions requirements and the application process. Program application deadline is June 1. To register for an information session, contact Dr. Carolyn Martin, graduate coordinator, at (209) 664-6591 or email@example.com. For more information about CSU Stanislaus nursing programs, visit www.csustan.edu/Nursing.
Breastfeeding Class in Lodi
March 7 (Thursday) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: 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 www.lodihealth.org for information.
UOP, Kaiser Partner on Medical, Dental Clinic
March 9 (Saturday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stockton community members will have free access to health screenings, such as blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol; immunizations; medication therapy management; basic dental services, limited to 50 participants; and preventive dental services, limited to 125 participants. San Joaquin RTD is providing participants with free bus rides to the clinic at University of the Pacific’s Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics, 757 Brookside Road, Stockton. The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students will be hosting the Inaugural University of the Pacific Comprehensive Community Health Clinic sponsored by Kaiser Permanente to provide free health and dental services to Stockton community members. Information: www.bit.ly/phskphealthfair.
Sixth Annual Pacific Family Health Fair
March 10 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research Education Society Committee and pharmacy students at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at University of the Pacific will be hosting their sixth annual Pacific Family Health Fair to provide free health services to the Stockton community. The health fair will be at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 3847 N. Sutter St., Stockton. Residents will have access to free health services such as blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and osteoporosis screenings. Many local health organizations will be present to offer health-related information and services such as scoliosis screening. Children in attendance will be able to enjoy fun, educational games and activities. Winners of the health-themed art and essay contest for students of the Stockton Unified School District will be announced. Event participants will also have an opportunity to win door prizes. Information: (209) 965-7343 orPacificFamilyHealthFair@gmail.com or www.uopvncares.org
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. Information:www.lodihealth.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Presented by the UC Davis Human Lactation Center:
- 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.
Childbirth Preparation Class in Lodi
March 23 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: 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 www.lodihealth.org.
Twitter Chat on Children’s Chronic Diseases
March 28 (Thursday) 5 p.m. until ?: (rescheduled from Feb. 28) Verizon Foundation will be launching a series of quarterly Healthcare Twitter Chats, the first of which is a children-focused chat held to raise awareness for the unique challenges faced by parents of children with chronic diseases – such as type 1 & 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma and obesity, among others – and how they can utilize digital and mobile technology to enable care coordination. Hosted on the www.twitter.com/VerizonGiving Twitter handle, participating parents, organizations and advocacy groups can learn about new resources, ask questions and share advice from experts and leading health care organizations.
Prostate Cancer Screening
Aug. 31 (Saturday): Free prostate cancer screening for men older than 40 at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy. Information:(209) 835-1500.
Community Health & Wellness Fair
Sept. 28 (Saturday): The community is welcome at a free Health & Wellness Fair at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy.Information: (209) 835-1500.
Sugary Beverages: Taxes and Obesity
Dramatic increases in obesity and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption over the past several decades have become major public health and clinical concerns. Obesity rates tripled in 30 years, and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among children more than doubled in the past two decades of the 20th century, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The author of this essay points out that sugar-sweetened beverage taxes may be helpful in reducing obesity rates if they are used as one aspect of a larger, more comprehensive policy approach that aims to redirect consumers away from caloric sweeteners and toward more healthful alternatives such as water or food without added sweeteners. The author says, for example, a tax combined with a subsidy for water could be more effective than a tax in isolation. Click here for the essay.
Volunteers Needed to Help With Healthy Retail Survey
San Joaquin County Public Health Services is seeking volunteers to conduct short surveys at neighborhood retail stores for a statewide Healthy Retail Environment Campaign. Volunteers will need to complete training to understand survey requirements. For their efforts, they will grocery store credits or a movie gift card. Survey teams will:
- Attend a hands-on training on retail data collection.
- Work in small groups to visit 10 to 15 store sites.
- Complete observational surveys on tobacco, nutrition and alcohol products.
- Survey customers to get individual feedback.
Youth volunteers ages 14 to 17 are welcome to participate with parental consent. To volunteer or for more information, contact program coordinator Ina Collins at(209) 468-2411.
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.
Nominate a School and Breathe Easier
What are schools in your area doing to help their students and staff breathe easier and reduce the number of asthma attacks at school? That’s what we want to find out, so we can share their efforts with other schools in California. We’re asking for your help in promoting the 2013 Achievements in Respiratory (AIR) Health Awards, put on annually by the California Department of Public Health’s California Breathing program. Schools can win up to $2000, and school districts can win $5000, for sharing their ideas to improve air quality and create healthy, asthma-safe environments for students and staff. Last year’s recipients included schools in San Diego, San Bernardino and Brawley. Winning school districts included Fresno Unified, Oak Park Unified and Irvine Unified. Poor air quality and breathing difficulties often lead to school absences, which lead to lower grades and less learning. In this video you’ll hear stories of students who have asthma and what schools and districts have done to help them breathe easier. The nomination period for the AIR Health Awards begins Feb. 6. More information is available at the California Breathing website - the award information page will be updated Feb. 6. Winners will be announced April 30, which is National Healthy Schools Day.
NEXT-D: Preventing Diabetes in California
Diabetes prevention is recognized by both health plans and employers as an important strategy to improve the health of insured populations. As a part of the Natural Experiments in Translation for Diabetes (NEXT-D) network, the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research is assessing the effectiveness of two health plan-initiated programs to prevent the onset of diabetes in high-risk patients. The first study evaluates a telephone-based health-coaching program that provides counseling on healthful eating, active living and weight loss to KPNC members. The second evaluation examines a postpartum glucose screening and educational diabetes prevention program for women with gestational diabetes mellitus. Researchers believe that identifying effective approaches to preventing diabetes will be of value to health care systems, policy makers, and public health officials seeking to understand the roles systems and employers can play in preventing chronic illness. Read more here.
Calaveras Residents Speak Out on Obesity Prevention
Most residents of Calaveras County are aware of the problems surrounding obesity in the community, a new survey shows, and they are concerned enough to take action to put limits on the sale of unhealthy foods and drinks available in schools. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recently announced the findings of a local survey on obesity and obesity prevention. A telephone survey was conducted in Calaveras and 11 other rural California counties by the Public Health Institute in August. The survey was conducted as a part of the CA4Health Community Transformation Grant funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “With 55 percent of Calaveras adults and 26 percent of our children and teens either overweight or obese, it’s not surprising that community concern about obesity is high,” Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita said. More than 90 percent of those polled in Calaveras recognize that the added sugar in sugary drinks increases a person’s chances of becoming overweight or obese, and a majority linked sugary drinks to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. Sixty-four percent strongly favored strengthening school nutrition standards to limit the types of unhealthy drinks and foods sold in schools. Seventy-five percent agreed that the neighborhoods where people live affect their risk for obesity. Respondents indicated that building parks where people can be active and promoting neighborhood safety so people can spend more time outdoors would help prevent disease. Schools and health professionals should have major roles in obesity prevention, according to residents’ responses. Trained community residents who team with health professionals to help patients were thought to be valuable. Community health workers can encourage patients to be more physically active, teach skills needed to better manage chronic medical conditions, and assist patients with diet and community resources. The survey findings support the local work of the CA4Health Initiative. Calaveras and the 11 other rural counties are receiving grant funds to improve the health and well-being of residents through the promotion of healthy neighborhoods and schools, and by developing community health worker capacity to help residents with self-management of chronic disease. In partnership with schools, service agencies and community members, the Calaveras County Public Health Department is working on improvements in four areas:
- Reducing sugary beverage consumption.
- Safer walking and biking areas.
- Decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing.
- Training local residents as community health workers to conduct chronic disease self-management workshops and develop linkages between medical providers and community resources.
“The Public Health Department is working with local community members to prevent chronic disease before it happens,” Kelaita said. “By reducing exposure to tobacco smoke in apartments, encouraging physical activity through safe communities, increasing healthy drinking choices and promoting linkages to self-management services, we can reach the goal to make healthy choices the easy choices in Calaveras County,” he said. Information: Calaveras County Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460.
Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County
Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.
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 www.hbex.ca.gov or access the report using this link.
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!
Check Out CHNA.org
CHNA.org 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: http://youtu.be/zUjzcAVqjqY. Services available through the DMHC Help Center: http://youtu.be/zIbsB_1lz6Y. 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 www.HealthHelp.ca.gov 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 www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:
- Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
- Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
- Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
- Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
- Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
- Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.
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 www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.
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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.
Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program
Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at email@example.com, (209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.
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 SJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.
Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing
First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.
The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group
First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.
Planned Childbirth Services
Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.
Say Yes to Breastfeeding
Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.
Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or 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.
Break From Stress
Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information:SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.org or (209) 467-6550.
Mother-Baby Breast Connection
Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.
Adult Children With Aging Relatives
Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.
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 www.Dameronhospital.org.
Brain Builders Weekly Program
Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.
Infant CPR and Safety
Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn. Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety. Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.
Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers
Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.
Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español
Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración: (209) 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.
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 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.
Stork Tours in Lodi
Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.
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San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information
Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:
- Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
- Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
- For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
- For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
- For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.
Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
- Get vaccinated.
Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)
Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.
Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.
- Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
- Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
- Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
- Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
- Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
- HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.
- Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
- Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
- HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.
Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.
- Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
- Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
- HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.
WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program
Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:
Stockton (209) 468-3280
- Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
- Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
- CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
- Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
- Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
Manteca (209) 823-7104
- Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
Tracy (209) 831-5930
- Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
Flu 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 www.calaveraspublichealth.com. 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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