Joe’s Health Calendar March 2

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Commemorating Life Of Overeaters Anonymous Founder

March 2 (today) 2 p.m.: Overeaters Anonymous is saddened to announce the recent passing of beloved founder, Rozanne S., at the age of 84. Rozanne was a visionary whose compassion for and understanding of the emotional and physical challenges faced by compulsive eaters have touched people around the world for 54 years. Rozanne’s journey to bring help and hope to those struggling with compulsive overeating began in Los Angeles at a Gamblers Anonymous meeting in 1958. She attended with a friend who was in need but ended up finding salvation herself at the 12-step meeting. She realized she wasn’t “wicked or sinful” but that she had a disease, and it had a name: compulsive overeating. Unfortunately, no groups existed for compulsive overeaters at that time. In desperation she returned to the Gamblers Anonymous meeting where the leader encouraged her to start her own 12-step program for those dealing with the disease. That began her 54-year history with Overeaters Anonymous. She leaves an enduring legacy that will continue to inspire and heal those who still suffer. The Los Angeles Intergroup of OA (a partnership of groups located within the Los Angeles area) has organized a memorial service. The service will be held at the Veteran’s Park Teen Center, 4153 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Members who knew Rozanne will share stories of the early days of OA. All members are encouraged to attend and share their personal stories as well. If members are unable to attend but would like to honor Rozanne’s passing, the family has asked that donations be made to Overeaters Anonymous in her memory. Donations, accepted from OA members only, can be made via the web at 50447.thankyou4caring.org (please select Rozanne S. Memorial in the drop-down menu.) Donations can also be made by contacting the OA World Service Office at (505) 891-2664 or by mail at P.O. Box 44020, Rio Rancho, NM 87174.

Age Matters: Caregiver Education Series

March 3 (Monday and next five Mondays) 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care six-week program with Marguerite Manteau-Rao, LCSW, from the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, will be held at the Sutter Gould Education Center, 1700 McHenry Ave., Suite 60B, Modesto (in the back of McHenry Village). Space is limited and registration is required for this free program by contacting Kathy Sniffen at the Center for Living Forward atksniffen@eflfine.com or (209) 589-9902. The program offers participants the opportunity to learn a new way of being with themselves and with the person with dementia and will help to lower stress and improve well-being. Objectives of the course include learning and applying skills to manage stress and relate to a person with dementia, applying dementia care strategies and offering a supportive environment. It is appropriate for family caregivers, social workers, health care providers and home care companions.

Problem Gambling Summit Free For Public

March 3-4 (Monday-Tuesday): The California Department of Public Health Office of Problem Gambling’s fifth annual training summit will focus on innovative treatment methods for this disease and educating the public about its warning signs. “Educating and Effectuating Change,” set for the DoubleTree Berkeley-Marina Hotel, will kick off National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, as designated by the National Council on Problem Gambling. It’s estimated that one of every 30 people in California is affected by problem gambling. This no-cost event is open to the public. It brings together nationally known experts in mental health and recovery. Also attending will be representatives from health care, government, nonprofit organizations, law enforcement and the gambling industry. Special guests include a woman who spent time behind bars because of her gambling addiction, and a former attorney who lost his license as a result of problem gambling. Keynote speakers include Dr. Timothy Fong, co-director and associate clinical professor of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, who will review the clinical and research issues related to the common occurrence of nicotine dependence and gambling disorder. Dr. Rory Reid, also of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program will talk about assessing and treating gamblers with Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Dr. Jim Kooler, administrator of the California Friday Night Live Partnership, will talk about a youth-led and youth-driven prevention program, “Betting on our Future.” Additional information is available on the summit brochure. March is also known for the NCAA basketball tournament, the second largest annual sports betting event. In 2012, nearly 4,300 people called the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline for gambling addiction. While betting on sports is an illegal activity in California, more than 100 callers to the helpline said their primary gambling preference was sports betting. The CDPH Office of Problem Gambling is responsible for developing prevention and treatment programs to reduce the prevalence of problem and pathological gambling among California residents. Funding for this program comes from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund. If you or someone you know needs help with problem gambling call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) or visit OPG’s website to view a self-help workbook and other information about responsible gambling. The website includes a short quiz to help you identify problem-gambling behavior.

2014 Marine Corps Trials:

Wounded Warrior Paralympic-Style Invitational

March 4-12 (starts on a Tuesday): The 4th annual Marine Corps Trials, hosted by the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, will take place aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Marine Corps Trials is an eight-sport Paralympic-style invitational involving more than 300 wounded, ill or injured Marines and international competitors. Participants will be organized into four competing teams – two active-duty teams, a Marine veteran team, and an international team comprised of wounded warriors from our international allies. The purpose of the Marine Corps Trials is to provide an opportunity for all wounded, ill or  injured Marines to further the rehabilitation of their minds, bodies and spirits through competition and camaraderie. For some, the Trials are a milestone in their personal athletic goals.  For others, it is an opportunity to experience new activities and connect with their fellow wounded warriors. For all of the participants, the Trials are a chance to come together and focus on their abilities, not their disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to compete in archery, shooting, swimming, track, field, cycling, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. Each participant will compete in either two or three events. More than 50 world-class coaches will be on hand to train and coach the participants. From March 4-6, all participants will receive training and coaching in their respective events with competitions starting on March 7. Training and coaching will continue throughout the entire Trials. Participation in the Marine Corps Trials is open to active duty, reserve and veteran wounded, ill or injured Marines of all skill levels. The international team will be comprised of wounded warriors from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Georgia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Spectators are welcome. Parking and admission are free to the public. Nonmilitary spectators need to bring a valid driver’s license and registration. All visitors must enter Camp Pendleton using the far-right visitor lanes at each gate. The final schedule will be posted at  www.woundedwarriorregiment.org andhttp://Facebook.com/wwr.usmc on March 1.

Free Health Care Enrollment Fair in Modesto

March 5 (Saturday) 5 to 8 p.m.: Health care workers invite the public to attend a free health care enrollment event the IBEW Hall, 519 12th St., Modesto. The health fair is designed to help people sign up for free and low-cost health coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California. The event is sponsored by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), a health care workers union with 150,000 members in California, which has been holding similar enrollment fairs across the state since October. The deadline for people to sign up for health coverage to avoid a tax penalty is March 31. Each person enrolling needs to bring proof of identity such as a driver’s license or passport, proof of address such as a piece of postmarked mail, proof of income such as tax filings from 2012 or the last 30 days of paystubs, and proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate or permanent resident card. Each person enrolling must also provide date of birth, Social Security number, and home ZIP code.

Healthy SJ Resources and Recognition Committee

March 7 (Friday) 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Healthy San Joaquin Resources and Recognition Committee meeting at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Delta Room, Stockton. Information: (209) 953-6100.

Healthy San Joaquin Collaborative General Meeting

March 7 (Friday) noon to 1:30 p.m.: Healthy San Joaquin Collaborative general meeting at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Delta Room, Stockton. Information: (209) 953-6100.

Raising Health Awareness in a Diverse Community

March 9 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: VN Cares is holding its seventh annual Pacific Family Health Fair at St. Luke’s Catholic Church Gym, 3847 N. Sutter St., Stockton, with the cooperation of the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Free health services will include cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, anemia, bone density, asthma, BMI/body fat, dental and hearing screenings. Please bring medications for medication review. There will be fun activities for kids, raffle prizes, free products from vendors, and the winners of the Pacific Family Art & Essay Contest will be announces. Information: (209) 965-7343,PacificFamilyHealthFair@gmail.com or www.uopvncares.org. Special thanks to Dr. Nancy DeGuire, dtntech Marketing, OfficeMax and the American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists.

Community Healthcare Clinic

March 16 (Sunday) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Tzu Chi Medical Outreach will be holding a free Community Healthcare Clinic at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 306 E. Clay St., Stockton. First come, first served for free screenings available by health care professionals, including triage, acupuncture, vision, chiropractor and dental services. Screenings include blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, bone mineral density and blood sugar (please do not eat eight hours before your blood sugar screening). Information: aimrx.wordpress.com or aimrxcommittee@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Tzu Chi Foundation, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, AIMRx and University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

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.

Free Child Passenger Safety Seat Check-Up Event

March 22 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Keeping your children safe is a top priority for the California Highway Patrol. The CHP will conduct a free car seat check-up event. California law effective Jan. 1, 2012, extends the length of time a child must use a child passenger restraint or safety seat. The new law means child passengers must ride in either a car seat or booster seat until the age of 8 or until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall. Child safety seats save lives. National studies show three out of four children are not as secure in vehicles as they should be, because their car seats are not being used correctly. The CHP urges parents and guardians to reduce the risk of death and injury to their children by allowing a certified car seat technician to properly secure their child. Child safety seats and safety belts, when installed and used properly, can prevent injuries and save lives. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles. Drive-up visits during this event are welcome. Funding for CHP’s program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This free event will be held at the Pregnancy Help Center of Manteca, 640 N. Main St., Manteca. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact CHP Public Information Officer James Smith at (209) 943-8600.

Do You Know Stroke Symptoms?

March 25 (Tuesday) noon to 2 p.m.: Do you know the stroke symptoms? Do you know to act fast? Do you understand how important a Certified Stroke Center could be to your stroke recovery? We work to make sure your answers to these questions are “yes.” Healings in Motion will celebrate seven amazing years presenting quality programs focused on brain health, stroke prevention, recovery from stroke and TBI – traumatic brain injury – and providing support to caregivers. We have proudly brought in experts from all over America to provide the best information and resources for patient empowerment for a healthier you. We hope that you will come celebrate with us and hear about new breakthroughs we are experiencing as we grow. The special CV-RAPS – Central Valley Recovery, Awareness, Preventing Strokes – program will be hosted by Dameron Hospital, Annex Building, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton, and supported by Genentech. Free parking is available. Information:www.healingsinmotion.org.

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

  • Mondays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: St. Linus Church, 2620 B St., Stockton.
  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton. On Feb. 12, only blood pressure and diabetes screening will be available.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Nominate Advocate for a Healthier San Joaquin

April 4 Deadline: The Healthy San Joaquin Collaborative will be hosting its third Awards and Recognition Breakfast (read more here) to honor those who have made a healthy difference in our community and recognizing the individual, group or organization that have contributed time, energy or support that promote and encourage nutrition and/or physical activity in San Joaquin County. In order to recognize those in our community, we are seeking nominations for those who pose as exemplary advocates for a healthier San Joaquin. Use this nomination form and mail, fax or email it by April 4 to: Healthy San Joaquin Collaborative, Awards & Recognition Breakfast, UC Cooperative Extension, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Suite 200, Stockton, CA 95206; fax: (209) 953-6128; or emailacmartin@ucanr.edu. Then, please join us at the Healthy San Joaquin Recognition Awards Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. May 14 at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center. RSVP required at http://ucanr.org/hsjawards/reg.

Informational Evening at Health Careers Academy

April 10 (Thursday) 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Stockton Unified School District’s Health Careers Academy is holding an informational evening for 9th-12thgraders and their parents interested in the 2014-15 school year. Health Careers Academy, 931 E. Magnolia St., Stockton, inside University Park at California and Magnolia streets. Information: (209) 933-7360 or www.hca-susd-ca.schoolloop.com.

Free Hygeia Health Fair

May 4 (Sunday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lambda Kappa Sigma’s 3rd Annual Hygeia Health Fair is open to the public and free of charge. We will have a mixture of educational booths as well as screening booths.  The screenings we will administer for free are: lung screening, bone mineral density screening, glucose screening, blood pressure and cholesterol, anemia, and heartburn screenings. This third annual event will be at First Baptist Church, 3535 N. El Dorado St., Stockton. Lambda Kappa Sigma is an international professional pharmacy fraternity of women affiliated with the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Awards Breakfast Hosted by Healthy San Joaquin Collaborative

May 14 (Wednesday) 8:30 to 11 a.m.: The Healthy San Joaquin Collaborative will be hosting its third Awards and Recognition Breakfast (read more here) to honor those who have made a healthy difference in our community and recognizing the individual, group or organization that have contributed time, energy or support that promote and encourage nutrition and/or physical activity in San Joaquin County. Please join us at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton. RSVP required at http://ucanr.org/hsjawards/reg.

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.

NEWS

Encouraging news on obesity front

The latest CDC obesity data, published in the Feb. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, show a significant decline in obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years. Obesity prevalence for this age group went from nearly 14 percent in 2003-2004 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012 – a decline of 43 percent – based on CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. Although the JAMA study does not specifically compare 2009-2010 with 2011-2012, NHANES data does show a decline in the 2-to-5-year-old age group during that time period – from just over 12 percent in 2009-2010 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012. “We continue to see signs that, for some children in this country, the scales are tipping. This report comes on the heels of previous CDC data that found a significant decline in obesity prevalence among low-income children aged 2 to 4 years participating in federal nutrition programs,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “We’ve also seen signs from communities around the country with obesity prevention programs including Anchorage, Alaska, Philadelphia, New York City and King County, Washington. This confirms that at least for kids, we can turn the tide and begin to reverse the obesity epidemic.” While the precise reasons for the decline in obesity among 2 to 5 year olds are not clear, many child care centers have started to improve their nutrition and physical activity standards over the past few years.  In addition, CDC data show decreases in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among youth in recent years. Another possible factor might be the improvement in breastfeeding rates in the United States, which is beneficial to staving off obesity in breastfed children. “I am thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans,” said Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States of America. “With the participation of kids, parents, and communities in Let’s Move! these last four years,  healthier habits are beginning to become the new norm.”

Measles Cases Increasing in California

SAN ANDREAS - The California Department of Public Health has reported a sharp increase in measles cases in the state.  Fifteen cases of measles have been confirmed so far this year.  Last year at the same time only two cases had been reported. “No measles cases have been reported at this time in Calaveras County,” Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita said as of Feb. 24. “Measles is a very contagious viral disease that is spread through the air when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes.”  A measles outbreak is occurring in the Philippines. Many other parts of the world are experiencing cases.  Since 2000, almost all measles cases in the United States have been linked to world travel in areas where measles is present. Travelers that are not vaccinated can bring it back to our country if they are not vaccinated prior to travel. The vaccination rate for school children in Calaveras is below that of the state. “That means that we have a large group of children who are susceptible to measles,” Kelaita said. Infants less than 12 months of age are too young to receive the vaccine. Infants, pregnant women and immune compromised persons are at more risk of severe complications from measles. Two doses of MMR [Measles, Mumps Rubella] vaccine are needed by children before entering kindergarten. Unvaccinated children and adults who have not already had the disease increase the risk of spreading the disease in the community. Measles symptoms begin with a fever lasting for a few days, followed by a cough, runny nose, red watery eyes and a rash. The rash usually starts on the face, behind the ears and then covers the rest of the body. An infected person can spread the disease for about eight days – foru days before the rash starts and four days after the rash appears on the body. The best prevention is to receive the recommended doses of vaccine. Measles and other childhood diseases can be prevented with immunizations. “Now is the time to be sure your child is vaccinated so that we can prevent measles cases in Calaveras County,” Kelaita said. “Contact your doctor or clinic about receiving the vaccine.” Immunizations for children are available at Public Health Services for children up to 18 years of age if they do not have immunization coverage or if they have Medi-Cal. No one who is eligible to receive vaccine is denied because of inability to pay the $16 fee. Immunization clinics are held at the Public Health office in San Andreas every Monday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon. On the third Tuesday of each month an immunization clinic is held at Valley Springs United Methodist Church from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Call Public Health Services for more information at(209) 754.6592 and visit the Public Health website at www.calaveras.ca.us.

Soldiers Exposed to Blasts at Greater Risk for PTSD, TBI, Other Long-Term Injuries

WASHINGTON – U.S. soldiers exposed to blasts while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have an increased risk of developing adverse health outcomes over the long term, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and, in certain cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI), growth hormone deficiency, and persistent post-concussive symptoms including headaches, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine. The committee that wrote the report focused on health consequences experienced at least six months after a blast. Tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have been killed or wounded by explosions during those wars. Blasts are the leading cause of death and injury on the battlefield, accounting for about 75 percent of all combat-related injuries in U.S. military personnel.  Several major patterns of injury result from explosions, from injuries caused by the blast wave itself to those caused by fragments of debris propelled by the explosion, to subsequent illnesses from, for example, chemical substances released by a bomb. When the energy from the blast shock wave is absorbed in the human body, it disrupts the natural state of the body at a basic or even molecular level, which can cause tissue damage not immediately apparent after the blast. “Acute physical and psychological health outcomes in people who survive blast explosions can be devastating, but the long-term consequences are less clear, particularly for individuals who show no external signs of injury from exposure to blast waves or may not even be aware that they were exposed,” said Stephen Hauser, chair of the committee that wrote the report, Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor, and chair of the department of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. Some evidence suggests that blast exposure can result in long-term hearing damage and muscle or bone impairment such as osteoarthritis. However, the data on these outcomes were not strong enough to draw a direct cause-and-effect relationship. Though an association could exist, evidence was more tentative to link blast exposure to long-term effects on cardiovascular and pulmonary function, substance-abuse disorders, and chronic pain in the absence of a severe, immediate injury. While there is substantial overlap between symptoms of mild TBI and PTSD, limited evidence suggests that most of the shared symptoms could be a result of PTSD and not a direct result of TBI alone. The committee outlined several recommendations for urgent research to inform decisions on how to prevent and better diagnose blast injuries, and how to treat, rehabilitate and support victims of battlefield trauma in the immediate aftermath and in the long term. In this research agenda, it is especially important to emphasize that blasts create unusual patterns of injury that can affect multiple organs and systems of the body, a complexity that has often been overlooked in previous studies. Understanding these cross-system interactions should be a priority for future research, the committee stressed. It also is essential that future studies use a standardized definition of blast exposure, once it is developed. For health outcomes associated with blast exposure, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs should evaluate the approaches already in place to detect, treat and rehabilitate blast injuries, the report says. Because injuries from blast may go undetected for long periods, the VA should conduct epidemiologic and mechanistic studies to identify biomarkers of blast injury through advanced imaging and molecular methods that could serve as surrogates of exposure. The majority of past studies have used self-reported exposure data, rather than objective measures.  Therefore, the committee recommended DOD develop and deploy data collection technologies that quantitatively measure components of blast and characteristics of the exposure environment in real-time and also link these data with self-reported exposure histories and demographic, medical and operational information. The Institute of Medicine study was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Copies of Gulf War and Health, Volume 9: Long-Term Effects of Blast Exposures are available from the National Academies Press at www.nap.edu or by calling (202) 334-3313 or (800) 624-6242.

Future of Medicine?

You be the judge. Check out this video from HealthTaphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZSD4e8npAk. Then, go to their website here.

Participate in Community Needs Survey on Child Abuse

Child Protective Services is in the process of completing the San Joaquin County Community Needs Assessment. As part of this assessment, we want to survey as many people in the community as possible so we can get a pulse for the needs of the county and can then tailor our services to meet those needs. We want to flood the communities with these surveys so we can get the input of those who may not otherwise be heard. Click here for the survey

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.
  • Furniture.
  • Cars, boats, RV’s, etc.

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

Immunizations: Protecting Our Children

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

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

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

We’re FAT!

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

Questions About Health Reform Law?

  • How are small businesses affected by health reform?

  • Will everyone have to buy health insurance?

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

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

ONGOING

Fit Families for Life

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

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org, (209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 or SJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

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

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

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

Planned Childbirth Services

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

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

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

Precious Preemies

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

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

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

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

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 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.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

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

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

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.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

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

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

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

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

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

Stockton (209) 468-3280

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

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

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

Tracy (209) 831-5930

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

Flu 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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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

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

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