Joe’s Health Calendar May 4

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CareVan Offers Free Mobile 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.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton. Health clinic, blood pressure and diabetes screening available.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.
  • May 5 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Diabetes screening only at Cinco de Mayo Event at Weber Point, downtown Stockton waterfront.
  • May 31 (Friday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or June 1): Free eye exams for those who qualify. First come, first served. San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. In partnership with Vision Service Plan Mobile Unit. Information: (209) 461-3471.

World Asthma Day at Stockton Ports

May 6 (Monday) 7:05 p.m.: San Joaquin County Asthma & COPD Coalition is going to the Ports game. One in every five kids in San Joaquin County suffers from asthma. Support local efforts by participating in the World Asthma Day Kick-Off Event with the Stockton Ports Baseball Team. Tickets are only $2 at the Ports Ticket Office, over the phone at (209) 644-1900, or at www.stocktonports.com using the code “Monday”. This group will be sitting in Sections 117 & 118.

Your Diabetes Success Plan in Spanish

May 8 (Wednesday and next seven Wednesdays) 10 a.m. to noon.: Basics to a healthy life is an eight-session diabetes class series taught in Spanish at St. Mark’s United Methodist Parlor Room, 306 E. Clay St., Stockton. Classes are free and sponsored by St. Joseph’s CareVan Program. After attending six sessions, class participants diagnosed with diabetes will receive a free glucometer. Information: (209) 461-3251 or www.stjosephscares.org/diabetes. Session topics include: 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 questions and answers regarding diabetes care.

Your Diabetes Success Plan

May 9 (Thursday and next seven Thursdays) 9 to 11 a.m.: Basics to a healthy life is an eight-session diabetes class series at St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room, 545 W. Sonora St., Stockton. Classes are free and sponsored by St. Joseph’s CareVan Program. After attending six sessions, class participants diagnosed with diabetes will receive a free glucometer. Information: (209) 461-3251 or www.stjosephscares.org/diabetes. Session topics include: 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 questions and answers regarding diabetes care.

Walk For The Health Of It in Lodi

May 11 (Saturday): The Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation will host the 23rd annual Walk for the Health of It. This longstanding Lodi tradition includes activities for all ages. The noncompetitive, family friendly event includes a 5K run, 5K walk, 5K poker walk, 1 mile fun run for kids and a 1 mile “walk and roll” for strollers and wheelchairs. The day is capped off with a health fair offering complimentary health screenings. Massage therapists will be on hand to treat participants to a relaxing post-race massage. Live demonstrations by local fitness instructors, sports teams and cheer squads will take place on the main stage while guests snack on a variety of healthy refreshments. This year’s event tagline is, “Be part of the tradition, support our hospital” and speaks directly to the purpose of this longstanding event and the organization that hosts it. This year’s event at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, will support Lodi Health’s surgery residency program. Information:www.lmhfoundation.org or (209) 339-7582.

Bike to Work Week in San Joaquin County

May 13 through 17 (Monday through Friday): It’s that wonderful time of year again!  Yes, Bike to Work Week is around the corner and Commute Connection, along with great sponsors, is gearing up for a great year. Cycling is a great way to make a difference to the environment, save money, focus on your health and enjoy your surroundings. Last year there was a 25 percent increase in participation and we’re hoping for more this year! For 2013 we’re introducing a Corporate Challenge and a dedicated website www.valleybikecommute.com. Several cities are also organizing their very first community event so be sure to check out the events on the website. As a commuter, give cycling a try and have a chance to win great prizes! As an employer, encourage employees to make a difference by utilizing the tools on the website. Contact Kari McNickle mcnickle@sjcog.org or Yvette Davis davis@sjcog.org to organize a bike rally at your worksite. It’s easy to participate and get involved.

Mental Health First Aid Training

May 15 and 17 (Wednesday and Friday) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or June 26 & 28): Held in Stockton. Click here for information and registration flier.

Cholesterol Testing for Women in Calaveras

Today through May 31 (Friday): Soroptimist International of Calaveras County offers free Take Women to Heart lipid panel screenings to Calaveras County women during April and May at Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas or at any of the five Family Medical Centers in the county. Testing requires a 12-hour fast and completion of a simple voucher. Information: (209) 736-1947. Heart attack and stroke are the No. 1 killers of women in the United States. For women, the odds of dying due to heart disease, heart attack or stroke are significantly higher than dying of cancer. Soroptimist has had an ongoing partnership with Mark Twain Medical Center since 2006. To support future funding for Take Women to Heart projects, Soroptimist International of Calaveras County is hosting a Chili Cookoff Challenge on May 4 at the historic Murphys Hotel courtyard.

Stroke Awareness Day in San Joaquin County

May 23 (Thursday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stroke can happen to anyone. Find out about the signs of stroke and how to prevent it from happening to your loved one. This free event at the WorkNet Building, 56 S. Lincoln St., Stockton, sponsored by Stockton nonprofit Healings in Motion and Genentech requires an RSVP to (877) 672-4480. It will include health screenings for blood pressure, carotid artery ultrasound and glucose; exhibits, vendors, lunch, prizes and features many speakers including Juaquin Hawkins, a former NBA player whose story as a stroke survivor was featured on “Breakthrough with Anthony Robbins.” Other speakers include Dr. Dennis Nguyen, Optimal Health Wellness Thermal Imaging; Dr. Sheela Kapre, San Joaquin General Hospital Certified Stroke Center; Casey Case, SanBio/UCSF Stroke Clinical Trial; Cheryl Heaney, emergency medical services director for St. Joseph’s Medical Center Certified Stroke Center; and Don Sakoda, “Understanding EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques.” More information: www.healingsinmotion.orgwww.facebook.com/HealingsinMotion; orwww.strokeawareness.sjc2013.eventbrite.com.

Free Eye Exams

May 31/June 1 (Friday/Saturday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan, in partnership with Vision Service Plan presents a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. Our mobile health care services will be available to handle most of your health care needs or questions. Diabetes and blood pressure checks are available at all of our clinics. The Vision Service Plan Mobile Unit will offer free eye exams for those who qualify. For more information on the eligibility requirements to receive VSP Vision Care’s mobile clinic services or gift certificates visit: https://vspglobal.com/cms/vspglobal-outreach/vsp-mobile-eyes.html. First come, first served, Space is limited.

San Joaquin Bike Festival Helps End Hunger

June 15 (Saturday) 7 to 9 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. longer rides begin; 9:30 a.m. shorter rides begin; 9 to 11 a.m. Kid’s Bike Rodeo (ages 1 to 9); 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get Fit Health Fair; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. festival: The new San Joaquin Bike Festival is the successor to four annual Bike or Hike to Feed the Hungry events and will benefit the Emergency Food Bank’s nutrition programs and the educational programs of the San Joaquin Bicycle Coalition. By registering today at www.sjbike.org, you will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in a great event at University of the Pacific DeRosa University Center, 901 Presidents Drive, Stockton, and help our community! What’s new? Well, lots of things:

  • Choice of four rider-friendly routes, three of them with little traffic (on bike paths), another that takes in the city’s waterfront and historic downtown.
  • A real festival: Music, good food, a beer stube hosted by Valley Brew
  • Get Fit, Stockton booths; all about getting active and leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Retro bikes from the ‘70s and ‘80s; come retro-dressed to match.

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.

NEWS

Food Bank Needs Our Help

The Emergency Food Bank and Family Services, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton, is in great need of your help. As we are seeing a gradual depletion of our food surplus, we are asking for your support in donating to the Food Bank. The following is our current need:

  • All types of food: meats, dry, perishable, dairy, frozen.
  • Furniture.
  • Cars, boats, RV’s, etc.

If you have questions, or would like to donate to the Food Bank to help your community, please contact Pete Mata, food development coordinator at (209) 464-7369 orpmata@stocktonfoodbank.org.

Immunizations: Protecting Our Children

Vaccines save an estimated 3 million lives every year, as well as prevent millions of people from suffering and disabilities caused by vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccinations prevent dozens of harmful vaccine-preventable diseases and their serious side effects including hospitalizations, seizures, amputations, brain damage, meningitis, paralysis, deafness and even death. Children need vaccines to be ready for school. Without the proper vaccinations, children may be denied attendance to schools and childcare centers. Diseases can spread quickly and easily in these settings. All children need protection from contagious diseases in schools and childcare centers. When everyone in a community is vaccinated, the potential for dangerous diseases to spread and cause outbreaks is greatly reduced.  Vaccines not only protect individuals, but entire communities! Click here for more from First 5 San Joaquin.

18% of Teen Births Are Repeat Births

Although teen births have fallen over the past 20 years, nearly one in five teen births is a repeat birth, according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  More than 365,000 teens, ages 15-19 years, gave birth in 2010, and almost 67,000 (18.3 percent) of those were repeat births.  A repeat birth is a second (or more) pregnancy resulting in a live birth before the age of 20. Almost any pregnancy during the teen years can change the lives and futures of the mother, child and family.  Infants born as a result of a repeat pregnancy are also more likely to be born too soon (premature) and born too small (at low birth weight). “Teen birth rates in the United States have declined to a record low, which is good news,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “But rates are still far too high.  Repeat births can negatively impact the mother’s education and job opportunities as well as the health of the next generation. Teens, parents, health care providers, and others need to do much more to reduce unintended pregnancies.” Data from CDC’s National Vital Statistics System show that repeat teen births in the United States decreased by more than 6 percent between 2007 and 2010.  Despite this decline, the number of repeat births remains high and there are substantial racial/ethnic and geographic differences. Repeat teen births were highest among American Indian/Alaska Natives (21.6 percent), Hispanics (20.9 percent), and non-Hispanic blacks (20.4 percent), and lowest among non-Hispanic whites (14.8 percent). There were also geographic disparities.  Repeat teen births ranged from 22 percent in Texas to 10 percent in New Hampshire.  Data show that although nearly 91 percent of teen mothers who were sexually active used some form of contraception in the postpartum period, only 22 percent used contraceptives considered to be “most effective” (that is, where the risk is less than one pregnancy per 100 users in a year).

San Joaquin County Health Collaboratives and Initiatives

The San Joaquin County Health Collaboratives and Initiatives database, a project of First 5 San Joaquin, will facilitate greater exchange of knowledge and information about the community. It will help to identify a collective capacity to analyze gaps in services and to develop future plans of action toward a healthier community. Click here for the complete database.

Take a Step Forward With KP Walking App

Kaiser Permanente has launched a refreshed version of its Every Body Walk! mobile app to support anyone interested in taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. “Walking is a simple way to make a big change in your health,” said Bob Sallis, MD, family physician at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. “Besides being fun and easy to use, the Every Body Walk! app’s expanded social-media feature helps users engage their friends and family for support and encouragement.” Originally launched in 2011, the Every Body Walk! app has been downloaded nearly 35,000 times on both iOS and Android devices. The updated app features a new user-friendly design, streamlined functionalities and the ability to share walks via Facebook and Twitter.

The Every Body Walk! app also allows users to:

  • Track and set targets for distance, time, calories burned and routes
  • Watch walking progress in real time
  • Save walking history

The app is an interactive component to Every Body Walk!, an online, public health campaign aimed at getting people up and walking — 30 minutes a day, five days a week — to improve overall health and meet the adult physical activity requirement of 150 minutes of exercise a week. Available free of charge on the Apple App Store and Google Play, the Every Body Walk! app is accessible to anyone, and complements a robust inspirational website — powered by Kaiser Permanente — everybodywalk.org. Users can visit www.everybodywalk.org to find local walking paths from a database of thousands of maps covering the United States. There’s also an option to create custom walking routes using MapQuest. The robust walking website contains news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps, links to walking groups, inspirational videos and a personal pledge form designed to motivate walkers. Every Body Walk! is accessible onFacebookTwitter and YouTube. Every Body Walk! is powered by Kaiser Permanente. The campaign is supported by more than 100 partners including America WalksAmerican College of Sports Medicineand its Exercise is Medicine® global initiative, American Hiking SocietyAnyTime FitnessBay Area Rapid TransitBrazos Walking SticksEnvironmental Media AssociationEveryday HealthHealthy Child Healthy WorldHealthy You NowMolina HealthcarePower Rangers emPowerThe Purpose InstituteRails to Trails ConservancySafe Routes to School National PartnershipTechnical Consumer ProductsWalk Boston and Yummy Earth.

Time To Create National Diabetes Commission

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) is appealing to diabetes patients, their family members and friends, and other health care professionals –especially those in San Joaquin County – to urge members of Congress to pass the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act. The legislation calls for the creation of a public-private commission composed of endocrinologists, other front-line diabetes health care providers, patient advocates and representatives from federal agencies involved in diabetes care activities. The commission’s charge is to identify critical gaps in existing federal diabetes clinical care initiatives, ineffective or redundant activities that should be discontinued, and new approaches that are needed to stem the tide of the U.S. diabetes epidemic. The commission will submit its recommendations for better leveraging the federal government’s investment in diabetes-related programs to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Congress. AACE commends Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, for introducing this legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1071) and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, for introducing the legislation in the Senate (S. 539). Both bills were introduced March 12. A devastating, systemic disease that is the leading cause of kidney failure, new cases of blindness and amputations, diabetes’ financial impact exacts an enormous economic toll: the U.S. spends an estimated $176 billion each year on diabetes-related care, including one out of every three Medicare dollars. Once the additional costs of undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes and gestational diabetes are factored in, the total cost of diabetes in the U.S. is more than $200 billion annually. “With 26 million adults and children in our nation suffering daily from this debilitating condition, the stakes couldn’t be any higher,” said Alan J. Garber, M.D., Ph.D. and president of AACE. “Then you factor in the 35 percent of the U.S. population that is prediabetic and the 17 percent of our country’s children and adolescents who are obese, a known precursor to diabetes, and it becomes evident that unless we invest federal dollars wisely and create innovative approaches to diabetes care, the impact to our economy and health care system could be catastrophic.” The legislation has been endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, The Endocrine Society and the Pediatric Endocrine Society. To signify support for the bill (H.R. 1074/S. 529), members of the public are encouraged to send a message to their congressional representative and/or senator. To find your representative, click here. To contact your senator, click here.

Obstacle to Healthy Habits for U.S. Children

For parents across the nation, the period from 3 p.m. to bedtime presents major challenges to helping their kids stay healthy because it’s often filled with commuting, extracurricular activities, and getting ready for a new day. A new poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NPR, and the Harvard School of Public Health examines children’s eating and physical activity habits during “crunch time” — the hours between the end of the school day and bedtime. In connection with the poll and NPR’s coverage, RWJF is featuring research that explains why it’s hard for many families to make healthy choices, highlighting communities’ efforts to make it easier for kids to eat healthier and be active.

Lost in Translation

In the nation’s most diverse state, some of the sickest Californians often have the hardest time communicating with their doctors. So say the authors of a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that found that residents with limited English skills who reported the poorest health and were enrolled in commercial HMO plans were more likely to have difficulty understanding their doctors, placing this already vulnerable population at even greater risk. The findings are significant given that, in 2009, nearly one in eight HMO enrollees in California was considered “limited English proficient” (LEP) and approximately 842,000 LEP individuals were enrolled in commercial HMOs. And while roughly a third (36.4 percent) of LEP enrollees in commercial HMOs reported being in fair or poor health, this same group accounted for nearly two-thirds (63.5 percent) of those reporting communication troubles with their doctors. LEP individuals will make up a sizable portion — as much as 36 percent — of California’s newly insured population after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including those projected to be enrolled through the state’s health insurance exchange, Covered California.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. http://healthreform.kff.org/faq.aspx. Additional questions addressing the affordability of health insurance, how programs like Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) will be financed under health reform and others are addressed in a series of Video Explainer clips featuring foundation experts answering specific questions about the law on a variety of health policy topics.http://healthreform.kff.org/video-explainers.aspx. Kaiser’s Health Reform Source, http://healthreform.kff.org, an online gateway providing easy access to new and comprehensive resources on the health reform law, provides these and other new features and tools including an interactive timeline showing when health-reform provisions take effect, all the latest polling data, links to other information resources, and the latest health-reform headlines from Kaiser Health News.

ONGOING

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

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 c.sanders@dameronhospital.org, (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.

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: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 orwww.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 orwww.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.

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

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., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

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.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital Educational Opportunities

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital Event Calendar.

Mark Twain Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center 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.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

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

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

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

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to 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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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 jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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