Joe’s Health Calendar Aug. 28


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 or schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • Mondays 2 to 8 p.m.: St. Linus Church, 2620 B St., Stockton. NOTE: on Aug. 26, blood pressure and diabetes screenings will be only services 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.

Alternative Therapies for Stroke Recovery

Aug. 29 (Thursday) noon to 2 p.m.: Central Valley Recovery-Awareness-Preventing Strokes, or CV-RAPS, presents guest speakers Dr. Pat Tirone on “Rehab Without Walls” and certified neurological music therapist Melody Tolmie.  Click here for more information on the speakers. August CV-RAPS is at the WorkNet Building, 56 S. Lincol St., Stockton. CV-RAPS is a monthly lunch and learn program presented by Healings in Motion. It is open to the public. The cost is $10 and everyone always loves the food! To register go to http://cv-raps2013.eventbrite or call (877) 672-4480.

Mental Health Summit for Veterans

Aug. 29 (Thursday)  9:30 a.m. registration; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. summit: The VA Palo Alto Health Care System that serves veterans in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and nearby foothill counties, is having a Mental Health Summit to collaborate with community partners in a special dialogue about the mental health needs of area veterans. Recognizing the need to create a support system for our nation’s veterans, VA facilities across the country are hosting summits to focus on a variety of issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, PTSD and services for women veterans as they pertain to mental health. The Palo Alto Mental Health Summit will host key supporters from the region including politicians, county mental health departments, local health care and education institutions, American Legion posts, Paralyzed Veterans of America, military liaisons, Operation Freedom Paws and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The summit will be at the VA Palo Alto campus in Building 101 Auditorium, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.

Obesity and the Latino Community Web Forum

Aug. 29 (Thursday) 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Click here for information and registrationThe obesity epidemic poses a growing burden across the U.S. In some places, one in two adults and one in three youth are obese or overweight. Low income Latinos lacking insurance coverage are especially hard hit by the cost and disabilities from obesity-related type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Latino communities are fighting back by improving opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. The second Web Forum in the series on Weight of the Latino Nation will highlight the latest research on the obesity epidemic and the factors impacting Latino communities. Following this overview, presenters will discuss various challenges to addressing the epidemic, and the program and policy actions being undertaken – or still needed – to tackle it. Dialogue4Health is a program of the Public Health Institute. Its free, interactive forums bring leading experts together to examine cross-sectoral issues and offer surprising insights critical to anyone concerned about the health of our nation. For more information, email or call (510) 384-1227. 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.

Spanish Half-Day Medical School for Older Adults

Sept. 7 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: UC Davis Health System will hold its sixth annual Spanish Mini-Medical School at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the MIND Institute and on the street. The event was sponsored by the health system’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for Healthy Aging, Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Clinical and Translational Science Center. Unique in the nation, the one-day school provides Spanish-speaking middle-aged and older adults, along with caregivers, the opportunity to learn about critical health issues in their native language and to discuss these topics with Spanish-speaking health-care professionals from UC Davis and the community. “With the projected growth in the number of Latino seniors in California, it is vital that we develop innovative outreach programs that help to address health disparities,” said Ladson Hinton, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and interim director of the Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC). “The Spanish Mini-Medical School provides vital health information in an innovative format to middle-aged and older adults so that they are better able to get the health care that they need.” Attendance at the Spanish Mini-Medical School is free and open to the public, although space is limited. For reservations, please call (916) 734-5243. Registration also is available on the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Facebook page. The event is co-sponsored Sunrise Senior Living, Primrose and Norwood Pines Alzheimer’s Care Center.

Calaveras County Community Health Worker Training

Sept. 23, 24, 26, 27 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) 8 hours each day: The Calaveras County Public Health Department is recruiting residents to participate in a training to become community health workers. Community health workers teach chronic condition self-management skills to people in their community. “We are looking for adults that have a chronic condition or a partner/family member caring for someone with a chronic condition,” Calaveras County Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita said. The participants will learn a workshop model developed by Stanford University. The strength of the model is that trainers are people in our community who also have chronic conditions but have been trained in self-management skills that include physical activity, reducing stress, healthy eating and communication with your doctor. This is an opportunity for local residents to gain confidence in managing a chronic condition and building the skills with others. “A chronic condition is a health problem like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes,” Kelaita said. Chronic conditions are ongoing medical conditions that can shorten lives if not managed. They can limit the ability of people to engage in normal activities.  In California, 14 million adults [38 percent] live with at least one chronic condition. More than half of them have multiple chronic conditions. Helping patients to make good choices and practice healthy behaviors requires a relationship between the medical providers, patients and their families. Medical providers rely on their patients to follow their recommendations but only have a short time to spend teaching their patients self-management skills. In the workshop, people learn how to build the skills and gain the confidence they need to lead healthier lives. The new community health worker supports the information a patient receives from the medical provider. Health or medical experience is not required to become a community health worker. The training is no-cost. It requires a four-day, eight-hours per day commitment of time to complete. Community health workers are trained and certified to teach self-management skills. There is a commitment to conduct two workshop series a year in the communities where the workers live. Each workshop has six sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours. You must register in advance to attend the training. For registration information, contact the Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities at(209) 532-7632. The Calaveras County Public Health Department training and workshops are funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the California Community Transformation Initiative, a project of the Public Health Institute.

Emergency Food Bank Health Fair

Sept. 25 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to noon: Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton, will host a free health fair for the public. Local agencies are invited to come and distribute information about the programs and services they offer. Fair activities include free glucose testing, checks for high blood pressure and cholesterol, BMI (body mass index), cooking demonstrations and Zumba. Information: Kisha Thompson at (209) 464-7369 or

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.

Free Community Health Fairs

University of the Pacific’s Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity continues the tradition of providing free community health fairs. The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students will offer free blood pressure testing, cholesterol testing, diabetes testing, bone density (osteoporosis) testing, and free oral cancer exams. For those who are interested, there will also be free medication therapy management where attendees can receive advice from pharmacists on prescription and over-the-counter medications. Translators will be available for those who speak Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages. Information: Long School of Pharmacy at (209) 946-2545.

  • Oct. 15 (Tuesday) 1 to 5 p.m.: Jene Wah, 238 E. Church St., Stockton.
  • Oct. 18 (Friday) 1 to 6 p.m.: Casa de Modesto, 1745 Eldena Way, Modesto.
  • Oct. 19 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton.
  • Oct. 20 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose.
  • Oct. 24 (Thursday) 1 to 7 p.m.: Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi.
  • Oct. 26 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: McGeorge School of Law, 3200 Fifth Ave., Sacramento.
  • Oct. 27 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: O’Connor Woods, 3400 Wagner Heights Road, Stockton.
  • Oct. 31 (Thursday) 1 to 6 p.m.: LOEL Center and Gardens, 105 S. Washington St., Lodi.
  • Nov. 1 (Friday) 1 to 6 p.m.: Franco Center, 144 Mun Kwok Lane, Stockton.
  • Nov. 7 (Thursday) 1 to 6 p.m.: Northeast Community Center, 2885 E. Harding Way, Stockton.
  • Nov. 9 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Lytton Gardens, 646 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
  • Nov. 14 (Thursday) 1 to 6 p.m.: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St., Tracy.
  • Nov. 15 (Friday) 1 to 6 p.m.: First Congregational Church, 3409 Brookside Road, Stockton.
  • Nov. 16 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Alameda Alliance for Health – Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St. No. 160, Berkeley.

Aging With Grace

Oct. 24 (Thursday) 9 a.m. to noon: Free informational seminar on aging issues hosted by the Lodi Senior Citizens Commission. Pisano Square at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. Click here for more information or phone (209) 369-6921.

Caring For The Caregiver Symposium in Stockton

Nov. 2 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Healings in Motion helps caregivers prevent burnout and focus on self-care during the sixth annual Caring for the Caregiver Symposium at the San Joaquin County Robert Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton. Four-hundred caregivers will hear speakers, participate in breakout sessions, relax with massages, get personal coaching and visit exhibitors and vendors that will increase knowledge about caregiving. It’s also an opportunity to network with others sharing similar challenges. It is a day of appreciation and rejuvenation. The theme of this year’s Caregiver Symposium is “Having the Heart to Care.” In addition to helping caregivers relax and release stress, important topics will include: Preventing Burnout, Understanding Elder Care and Elder Abuse, Caring for Someone with a Developmental Disability, Long Distance Caregiving, Mediation: Squashing Sibling Bickering and Vexatious Litigation, Stress Release through Organization and Preparation, Caregiving to the LGBT Population, Caregiving with Cultural Sensitivity and Legal Protection. Entertainment for the day will include short testimonials by caregivers intertwined with live musical blends of the harp and flute. There are a variety of people serving as a caregiver and the stories will reflect their widespread challenges and triumphs. Jeff Bell, news anchor for KCBS Radio in San Francisco, returns as the master of ceremony. Early-Bird tickets are now available through Sept. 15 for only $25. The regular ticket cost is $35. To purchase tickets and find out more about this year’s Caring for the Caregiver Symposium go to For more information call (877) 672-4480. For the event flier, click here. For the event registration form, click here.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.


Volunteers Needed To Drive Cancer Patients

The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients in the Stockton area to and from their treatment appointments. Every day thousands of cancer patients face seemingly overwhelming obstacles with transportation to treatment facilities. Many health care providers consider transportation the leading nonmedical challenge for people facing cancer. Studies have shown that 3.6 million Americans each year delay or have difficulty getting needed medical care in the absence of available and affordable transportation. For 30 years, the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program has provided free rides to cancer treatment for patients and their caregivers. In 2011, the American Cancer Society assisted more than 11,000 cancer patients with transportation support in California. To become a volunteer driver, all you need is:

  • a safe and reliable vehicle.
  • a current, valid California driver’s license.
  • proof of automobile insurance.
  • a good driving record.
  • a commitment to confidentiality.
  • to participate in convenient live or online training.
  • to be available a minimum of one morning or afternoon Monday to Friday.

To learn more about volunteering for Road To Recovery, other Society programs, free patient services or the latest cancer information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit All programs are free of charge.

Time for Immunizations Before School Starts

With the new school year fast approaching, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the state public health officer, is encouraging parents not to wait until the fall to make sure their children are fully immunized before classes start. “Immunizations are a safe and effective way to help our kids stay healthy in school and protect them from vaccine-preventable illnesses that can be very serious and have lifelong consequences,” Chapman said. “As families make plans for heading back to school, those plans should include making sure their children are up-to-date on required immunizations for school, including an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (Tdap) for incoming 7th graders.” Schools are required to verify each child’s immunization record to ensure all shots and boosters are completed before entry to kindergarten and 7th grade. Kindergartners need a total of five DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), four polio, three hepatitis B, two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and one varicella (chickenpox) shot. Kindergarten boosters for DTaP, polio and MMR are given at 4 or 5 years of age. Since 1962, California has required certain vaccinations for incoming kindergarteners. In 2012-2013, nearly 90 percent (almost 500,000 California kindergarten entrants) were fully immunized, with the remainder typically behind on only one or a few required vaccines. In addition, since a new California law was signed in 2010, students entering 7th grade will need to show proof of the whooping cough (pertussis) booster before starting school. Chapman urges parents to make an appointment with their provider now to protect themselves and their families and to ensure kids start school on time. If a child does not have health insurance, or is only partially insured, a doctor or theSan Joaquin County Public Health Department can provide information about the Vaccines for Children Program, which provides free or low-cost immunizations. Some local health departments are offering expanded immunization clinics during the month of August, National Immunization Awareness Month. To learn more about immunizations required for school entry, visit

Have Fun Getting Fit With Your Family

First 5 San Joaquin invites you to partner with us to help families and communities in San Joaquin County HAVE FUN GETTING 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 (click here) will focus on equipping educators and advocates with resources to help families have fun while getting fit

First 5 Funding Now Available

First 5 San Joaquin is pleased to announce the release of the 2013-14 Event Sponsorship Application for funding up to $1,000.  The application may be downloaded from the First 5 website hereApplications are accepted on a rolling basis from July 1, 2013 – May 30, 2014, or until funds are no longer available. For more information, contact First 5 San Joaquin at (209) 953-5437 or

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

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.

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.

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.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

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!

State Makes it Easier to Dispute Health Plan

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

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

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

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

Affordable Care Act Toolkits

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

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

We’re FAT!

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

Questions About Health Reform Law?

  • How are small businesses affected by health reform?

  • Will everyone have to buy health insurance?

  • How will the new provision allowing young adults to remain on a parent’s insurance work?

The FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s new Health Reform Source provides concise answers to common questions about the health reform law. You can search for your question or submit a new question if yours is not addressed. Additional questions addressing the affordability of health insurance, how programs like Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) will be financed under health reform and others are addressed in a series of Video Explainer clips featuring foundation experts answering specific questions about the law on a variety of health policy topics. Kaiser’s Health Reform Source,, an online gateway providing easy access to new and comprehensive resources on the health reform law, provides these and other new features and tools including an interactive timeline showing when health-reform provisions take effect, all the latest polling data, links to other information resources, and the latest health-reform headlines from Kaiser Health News.


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, (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

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visit

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or

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: 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) 461-3136or

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 461-3251. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s:

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

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

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

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit


Community Medical Centers

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

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.


San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

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

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

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

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

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

Stockton (209) 468-3280

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

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

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

Tracy (209) 831-5930

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

Flu Vaccine Available at Calaveras Public Health Department

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

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

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

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

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

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