Joe’s Health Calendar April 13


Healthy Kids Day

April 13 (today) 8:30 a.m. run, 10 a.m. festival: Grab some neighbors and friends and participate in the YMCA Community Run at 8:30 a.m. The run begins atUniversity Park, North California Street at Harding Way, Stockton. After the race, stay for the Healthy Kids Day Fest which begins at 10 a.m. Register by Tuesday, April 9. All proceeds benefit the YMCA of San Joaquin teen break camp program and program scholarships. Click here for more information.

Aspiring Health Leaders Conference

April 13 (today) 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Dr. Rene Ramirez and Dr. Veronica Ramirez, both Fresno State alumni and physicians at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Fresno campus, will keynote the Aspiring Health Leaders Conference intended to help motivate students in the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). The event will be held in the Alice Peters Auditorium in the Peters Business Building, California State University, Fresno, 5241 N. Maple Ave., Fresno. The conference is an effort to help close the gap in the Valley’s doctor-to-patient ratio. About 140 health professionals, resident physicians and students will come together to participate in workshops that prepare students for medical school. The workshops will include discussions on topics like “The Biochemistry of Nutrition and Healthy Eating” and the “U.S. Healthcare system and current policy reforms.” HCOP helps undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for careers in medicine through advising, internship opportunities, tutorials, summer programs and professional development seminars. The program helped the Ramirez husband and wife team achieve their dreams of becoming doctors. At the UCSF Fresno campus, Rene is co-chief resident in emergency medicine and Veronica graduated as a resident and continues to work with UCSF Fresno pediatrics as faculty. She also is a practicing pediatrician in Fresno. “Both of us came from families where we didn’t have anyone to look to for guidance in pursuing medicine and so HCOP really became that for us,” says Veronica. She is originally from Kerman, Rene is from Dinuba. “We literally were in that office day in and day out. It was through the program we learned what it takes to be a good student, a good science student, because that was something very new to us,” Veronica said. For more information, contact Juan Carlos Gutierrez at HCOP at (559) 278-4150 or

Why Obesity Is Important to the Latino Community

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April 16 (Tuesday) 10:30 a.m. to noon: The obesity epidemic is affecting communities across the United States as more than one-third of all American adults are obese. The Latino community is especially hard hit, developing weight-related health conditions — such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes — at high rates. They also have the lowest rate of insurance to cover the costs of health care. An online forum discussing “Why Obesity is Important to the Latino Community” will be conducted. To register, visit Join Dialogue4Health for the first part of the web forum series focusing on the Latino community and obesity and overweight prevention in the post-election climate. These web forums build off the series of HBO’s “Weight of the Nation” web forums Dialogue4Health conducted in the spring of 2012. This exciting web forum will focus on public awareness and community action around the obesity epidemic and discuss its cultural, socioeconomic and environmental aspects. It will feature simultaneous translation from English to Spanish so that participants of both language groups across the nation can listen in. During the web forum, presenters will: outline the epidemiology of obesity in accessible terms and the underlying factors contributing to the obesity epidemic; elaborate upon the link between obesity prevention and other social issues; discuss the role of community empowerment through leadership and capacity building for policy advocacy and systems change; and provide examples of how Latino communities are coming together to create healthier built, food, beverage, social and community environments. “The Weight of the Nation” documentary is part of a public education initiative addressing the national obesity epidemic and proposing solutions that communities can put into practice. Register here. Presenters include Dr. Michael Rodriguez, professor and vice chair for research, Department of Family Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Rosa Soto, regional director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy in Oakland; and Genoveva Islas-Hooker, regional program director, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program in Fresno. Moderator is Dr. George Flores, program manager, Community Health, The California Endowment in Oakland. The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the web forum experience.

The following websites provide important background information that can enhance the web forum experience:

The following organizations have come together to sponsor this important effort: Public Health Institute, Kaiser Permanente, The California Endowment, Health Happens Here and Latino Coalition for a Healthy California.

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.

  • April 16 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or April 23, 30): Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton. Health clinic, blood pressure and diabetes screening available.
  • April 17 (Wednesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or April 24): Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton. Health clinic, blood pressure and diabetes screening available.
  • April 18 (Thursday) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or April 25): San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. This clinic is for those 16 years and older. Health clinic, blood pressure and diabetes screening available.
  • April 22 (Monday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton. Blood pressure and diabetes screening only at this clinic.

Information Sessions for CSU Master of Nursing Degree

April 17 (Wednesday) 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 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 For more information about CSU Stanislaus nursing programs, visit

Chronic Disease Workshops in Calaveras County

April 18 (Thursday): A new six-week workshop series to teach residents with chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes skills to better manage their conditions is starting in Angels Camp. Family members and partners are also welcome at the no-cost workshops being sponsored by the Calaveras County Public Health Department. “This is an opportunity for people to gain skills and confidence in managing their chronic condition,” Dr. Dean Kelaita, county health officer, said in announcing the workshops. In California, 14 million adults – 38 percent of the population – live with at least one chronic health condition. More than half have multiple chronic conditions. Chronic diseases can limit the ability of people to take part in normal activities and cause premature disability or death. People with chronic conditions can avoid complications and improve their health through effective self-management practices. Self-management skills include stress reduction, healthy eating, ensuring good communication with your doctor and physical activity. The workshops are led by trained and certified nonmedical community health workers, who also have chronic health conditions and personally understand the challenges. The workshops were developed by Stanford University. Community health workers must meet the standards set by the university to be certified as workshop leaders. Workshops will be offered in the communities where the trained and certified community health workers live. Helping patients to make good choices and practice healthy behaviors requires a relationship among medical providers, patients and their caregivers. “Medical providers rely on our patients to follow our recommendations but frequently we have only a short amount of time for teaching self-management skills, especially skills tailored to each person’s circumstances,” Kelaita said. These workshops will allow people to build skills and develop plans for leading healthier lives that work for them. This is the first local work shop series. The six-week sessions will be held in the morning. Each session is two-and-a-half hours long. Advance registration is required and is available by contacting the Mother Lode office of Catholic Charities at (209) 532-7632. Additional information is available Funding for the workshops is from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the Community Transformation Initiative, a project of the Public Health Institute.

Childbirth Preparation Class in Lodi

April 20 (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


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