Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops in Calaveras
January: Call (209) 754-6460 for dates and workshop locations in Angels Camp, Copperopolis, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, San Andreas or West Point: A new series of six-week workshops is starting this month to teach residents with chronic conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, arthritis or diabetes, the skills to better manage their conditions. The workshops are open to any Calaveras County adults with chronic ongoing conditions and their family members or partners. The no-cost 2.5-hour workshops are sponsored by Calaveras County Public Health Services. “This is an opportunity for people to gain skills and confidence in managing their chronic condition,” county Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita said. In California, 14 million adults, 38 percent of the population, live with at least one chronic health condition. More than half have multiple chronic conditions. Chronic diseases can limit the ability of people to take part in normal activities and cause premature disability or death. People with chronic conditions can avoid complications and improve their health through effective self-management practices. Self-management skills include stress reduction, healthy eating, ensuring good communication with your doctor and physical activity. The workshops are led by trained and certified nonmedical community health workers, who also have chronic health conditions and personally understand the challenges. The workshops were developed by Stanford University. Community health workers must meet the standards set by the university to be certified as workshop leaders. Workshops will be offered in the communities where the trained and certified community health workers live. Helping patients to make good choices and practice healthy behaviors requires a relationship among medical providers, patients and their caregivers. “Medical providers rely on our patients to follow our recommendations but frequently we have only a short amount of time for teaching self-management skills, especially skills tailored to each person’s circumstances,” Kelaita said. These workshops will allow people to build skills and develop plans for leading healthier lives that work for them. There are six sessions for each 2.5-hour workshop. Advance registration is required. Call Public Health to register or visit www.calaveraspublichealth.com. Funding for the workshops is from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the Community Transformation Initiative, a project of the Public Health Institute.
Hunger Task Force of San Joaquin to Convene
Jan. 24 (Friday) 9 to 10:30 a.m.: The Hunger Task Force of San Joaquin will meet at the Emergency Food Bank and Family Services, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton. Join the coalition of organizations that are working to reduce hunger and food insecurity in San Joaquin County. Let us make a difference in 2014 for individuals/families who still struggle with this basic need in our community. Agenda: San Joaquin County CalFresh update to include impact of Affordable Care Act on CalFresh and procedures; committee updates concerning seniors, legislation and youth & nutrition; Hunger Summit 2014. Information: Elvira Ramirez email@example.com or Emergency Food Bank at (209) 464-7369.
New Operations at Healthy Connections in Tracy
Jan. 29 (Wednesday) 4 to 6 p.m.: Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin County recently took over the Healthy Connections resource center from Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and will be holding a grand opening celebration. The Healthy Connections family resource center will focus on improving the quality of life of families by working to end the vicious cycle of generational poverty that has plagued San Joaquin County. The center is at 35 E. 10th St., Suite A, Tracy. Community Partnership for Families has had a presence in Tracy since 2007 through its partnership with the hospital and now has renewed a long-term commitment by increasing the resource center’s staff and providing additional programs and resources to residents of the Tracy area. A brief ceremony will open the event and snacks will be provided. Information: Tracy Chamber of Commerce at (209) 835-2131.
Let’s Move Weston Ranch Kickoff Event
Feb. 1 (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Weston Ranchers, it’s time to get up off the couch and move! Come learn about the new, free, ongoing child-focused and parent-supported national campaign initiated by first lady Michelle Obama that promotes healthy living. Let’s Move Weston Ranch will inspire healthy eating and physical activity for children from kindergarten through eighth grade and their families. During the kickoff event at the Donald Egusa Gym, August Knodt Elementary School, 3939 EWS Woods Blvd., Stockton, there will be preregistration, health and nutrition booths, demonstrations and snacks. Information: (209) 565-2483, LetsMoveWR@yahoo.com or Facebook.com/LetsMoveWR.
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 www.StJosephsCares.org/Carevan. Clinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.
- Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: St. Linus Church, 2620 B St., Stockton. Closed Jan. 20.
- Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
- 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.
Asthmanology Event Provides Asthma Awareness
Feb. 22 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Asthmanology is an event aimed to bring asthma awareness and education to the community. Joined by Respiratory Works, theWorld of Wonders Science Museum, 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi, will be filled with activities aimed to increase awareness of asthma. Educated staff from Respiratory Works will be on site to advocate and bring asthma education and awareness to kids and families. If you have asthma, know someone with asthma or want to learn more about asthma, this event is for you. Regular museum admission applies. Information: www.WOWScienceMuseum.org or (209) 368-0WOW (0969). The mission of the World of Wonders Science Museum is to offer hands-on science-based exhibits and programs to stimulate discovery for all ages.
SALUD Outreach Health Fair at The Market at Delta College
March 22 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in partnership with The Market at Delta College is hosting a free SALUD Outreach Health Fair at San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Locke 2 parking lot, Stockton. During Delta’s SALUD Outreach events, pharmacy students from Pacific will offer free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. In addition, the fair will offer personal medication reviews and a limited amount of flu vaccines to the Latino community that is normally underserved in terms of health care. The Delta College fair will also include numerous booths that offer overall health education. The ultimate goal of this outreach program is to bring awareness directly to the Latino community about the importance of obtaining regular health screenings. The conditions being screened for are the leading causes of death within the Latino community. According to San Joaquin County Public Health Services, “In San Joaquin County, a much greater percentage of Hispanic adults (about 1/3) were without any health insurance in 2009 than any other race.” SJCPHS says the leading causes of death in the Latino community are heart diseases (20 percent) and diabetes (5 percent). The free SALUD Health Fair screening services offered at Delta College can help save lives. The SALUD Outreach Health Fair encourages everyone to come out and take advantage of these free screenings. Please bring as many friends and family members as possible. Special thanks to University of the Pacific, Delta College and The Market at Delta College team – Fidel Cabuena, Charles Fregoso and Gena Expose for joining forces to support SALUD Health Fairs.
ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?
Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.
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.
Help Out a Veteran This Year
Many military veterans are facing tough times and may have difficulty meeting basic needs. Some are unable to find work or are coping with financial strains or chronic health conditions. Other veterans may be dealing with several issues at once—all of which makes everyday life a challenge. As a veteran and veteran-supporter, please let others know that VA can help. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, familiarly known as the VA, provides a variety of benefits to help eligible veterans live healthy, productive lives, including:
- Compensation for those with service-connected disabilities.
- Education and training to make veterans more competitive in the work force.
- Employment services to open up new career possibilities.
- Home financing and foreclosure prevention assistance.
- Home modification grants to accommodate disabilities.
- Physical and mental health care services.
- Pension benefits for low-income veterans and their families.
See what VA has to offer at VA.gov/Explore. And then share what you know with the veterans in your life and in your community. Thank you for your service, and for taking time to help VA reach and serve every veteran. No matter when they served, veterans also may be eligible for home loans or housing benefits. Explore these and other VA benefits at VA.gov/Explore.
Providers Should Aggressively Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles
Health care providers should treat unhealthy behaviors as aggressively as they treat high blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association science advisory published in Circulation. “We’re talking about a paradigm shift from only treating biomarkers — physical indicators of a person’s risk for heart disease — to helping people change unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, unhealthy body weight, poor diet quality and lack of physical activity,” said Bonnie Spring, Ph.D., lead author of the statement and a professor of preventive medicine and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago. “We already treat physical risk factors that can be measured through a blood sample or a blood pressure reading in a doctor’s office, yet people put their health at risk through their behaviors. We can’t measure the results of these behaviors in their bodies yet.” Among the statement’s recommendations, health care providers should create “inter-professional practices” to connect patients with behavior change specialists such as dietitians or psychologists and implement the five A’s when caring for patients:
- Assess a patient’s risk behaviors for heart disease.
- Advise change, such as weight loss or exercise.
- Agree on an action plan.
- Assist with treatment.
- Arrange for follow-up care.
For inter-professional practices to work, reimbursement policies must be revised, Spring said. Under an effective health care system, professionals can work with patients and draw on community and technology resources to provide intensive behavior interventions. “This isn’t a problem that can be solved alone by the patient or the doctor who is strapped for time,” Spring said. “We need to break out of our silos and get ahead of the curve in prevention.” She said to achieve the American Heart Association’s 2020 impact goals – to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent – we must make preventing cardiovascular diseases a priority. For the latest heart and stroke news, follow the American Heart Association on Twitter:@HeartNews.
Church Health Ministries Sought to Sponsor Caregivers
Most church programs list names of members who are sick and need special prayer. Not included are names of the caregivers to those on the list. Oftentimes caregivers are juggling so many duties, they forget to take care of themselves. As a result, they get sick as or even more than the person they are caring for. The “Caring for the Caregiver” Symposium is a day of thanks and prevention. “Last year 10 churches provided tickets to members who were stressed and needed some relief. We hope to double that amount this year,” said Mary Nicholson, executive director of nonprofit Healings in Motion. As elderly seniors are living longer many baby boomers are serving in a sandwiched capacity. They are taking care of their parents and their household as well. Self-care is very important for caregivers. Knowledge is empowering and there will be loads of resources and information to empower the caregivers. To learn more about the Caregiver Symposium go online athttp://caringheart2013.eventbrite.com. Information: (877) 672-4480.
VA Offers Free Flu Vaccinations to Veterans
Free flu shots are available to veterans within the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. The 10 facilities of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System are offering flu vaccinations to thousands of eligible veterans at the following locations and times. Veterans are encouraged to request their flu vaccination during their regularly-scheduled appointments. Current information from the VA Palo Alto Health Care System is always posted at www.paloalto.va.gov andwww.facebook.com/vapahcs.
- Stockton Community Based Outpatient Clinic: 7777 S. Freedom Road, French Camp, General Medicine Clinic Area, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Modesto Community Based Outpatient Clinic: 1225 Oakdale Road., Modesto, General Medicine Clinic Area, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Livermore Division: 4951 Arroyo Road, Livermore, Bldg. 62, Third Floor, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Palo Alto Division: 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, Bldg. 100, First Floor, Clinic Area A and
- Bldg. 5, Second Floor, Clinics Areas B & C, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Menlo Park Division: 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, Walk-In Clinic; Bldg. 321, Front Desk, 8:30 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Fremont Community Based Outpatient Clinic: 39199 Liberty St., Fremont, Please Check in at Front Desk, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Monterey Community Based Outpatient Clinic: 3401 Engineer Lane, Seaside, General Medicine Clinic Area, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- San Jose Community Based Outpatient Clinic: 80 Great Oaks Blvd., San Jose, General Medicine Clinic Area, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Sonora Community Based Outpatient Clinic: 13663 Mono Way, Sonora, General Medicine Clinic Area, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Capitola Community Based Outpatient Clinic: 1350 41st Ave., Suite 102, Capitola, In conjunction with an appointment, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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 www.acsvolunteers.org. All programs are free of charge.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 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!
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
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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.
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 email@example.com, (209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.
Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group
First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.
Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group
Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.
Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer
Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 or SJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.
Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing
First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.
The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group
First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.
Planned Childbirth Services
Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.
Say Yes to Breastfeeding
Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.
Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information:www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visit www.foodaddicts.org.
- Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
- Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
- Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.
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 details. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.
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) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.
Brain Builders Weekly Program
Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.
Infant CPR and Safety
Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn. Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety. Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.
Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers
Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.
Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español
Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 461-3251. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes
Nutrition on the Move Class
Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton. Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369 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.
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San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information
Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:
- Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
- Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
- For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
- For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
- For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.
Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
- Get vaccinated.
Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)
Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.
Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.
- Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
- Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
- Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
- Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
- Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
- HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.
- Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
- Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
- HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.
Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.
- Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
- Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
- HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.
WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program
Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:
Stockton (209) 468-3280
- Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
- Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
- CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
- Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
- Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
Manteca (209) 823-7104
Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
Tracy (209) 831-5930
Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
Flu Shots in Calaveras County
Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.
- Adults 50 years of age and over.
- Pregnant women.
- Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
- Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).
If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:
- Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.
The flu vaccine is $16. Medicare Part B is accepted. No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.
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