Joe’s Health Calendar Nov. 22

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Free Clinics to Help People with Medicare Save Money

Nov. 22 (today) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Student pharmacists from University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will hold a health clinic to help people with Medicare save money on their prescription drug costs, better understand their medications, and receive a variety of health care screenings and services at Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley. Call for an appointment: (510) 841-4776 ext. 3112. Now in its eighth year, Pacific’s Mobile Medicare Clinics have served 2,911 Medicare beneficiaries, saving seniors and other beneficiaries over $2.2 million, or an average of $769 per beneficiary per year, on their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D prescription drug costs since the program began. This year’s clinics will be offered during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) in our Bay Area cities – Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland – as well as three San Joaquin County cities – Lodi, Stockton and Tracy. Trained pharmacy students will assist beneficiaries with Part D plan review and enrollment, determine if they qualify for additional government assistance to help lower their out-of-pocket medication costs, and explore other cost-savings opportunities. Attendees will also be provided with a comprehensive review of all of their medications and have all of their medication-related questions answered. Since the program’s inception, Pacific student pharmacists have identified 137 potentially severe medication-related issues among clinic attendees, including severe drug-drug interactions and sub-optimal drug therapy that warranted physician follow-up. Under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, the student pharmacists will also offer different vaccinations including the flu and pneumococcal vaccines, diabetes screening and blood pressure testing, cholesterol and bone-density testing, and much more. All told, pharmacy students have held 73 clinics in 16 California cities, volunteering a combined 9,072 hours of time since the program first began. If you would like to have your Part D plan reviewed and/or have a comprehensive evaluation of your medication, please call for an appointment. Phone numbers for each clinic site are listed below. IMPORTANT: Beneficiaries attending the clinic should bring the following: their red, white and blue Medicare card; and all of their medications. For general information about the program, visit go.pacific.edu/medicare  or contact us at (209) 932-2958.

Will You Help a Family in Need This Holiday Season?

Deadline Nov. 24 (Monday): As the holidays approach, the Emergency Food Bank is getting ready to reach out to our community families in need . On Monday, Nov. 24, we will be having our annual Thanksgiving Food Box Giveaway. On this event last year we provided food boxes (complete meal with a turkey) to more than 2,600 families! This year we are expecting the same. The problem is that as of Nov. 1 we only had 144 turkeys in our freezer. Will you help us during our November Turkey Food Drive. We prefer turkeys between 12 and 15 pounds, but we will accept any size. Please help give a family a holiday meal this Thanksgiving. For more information contact Pete Mata, food drives coordinator, at (209) 464-7369 or pmata@stocktonfoodbank.org.

Stroke: Depression, Anger and Anxiety

Nov. 25 (Tuesday) noon to 2 p.m.: This Healings in Motion program is held at Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. $10 donation includes healthy lunch. Stroke survivors, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, medical professionals are all invited. Information: www.healingsinmotion.org or (877) 672-4480.

Healthier Living in Northeast Stockton

Nov. 25 (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (also Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23): St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. It will be held at Arnold Rue Community Center Library, 5758 Lorraine Ave., Stockton. Space is limited, so sign up now by calling (209) 937-7350 and ask for Madonna O’Neel. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. For more classes, contact St. Joseph’s Medical Center Community Health Department at (209) 944-8355.

Run & Walk Against Hunger on Thanksgiving

Nov. 27 (Thursday) 6 to 8 a.m. day of event registration; 8 a.m. Kids Quarter Mile Run; 8:30 a.m. 5K & 10K Run & Walk: All proceeds from this event benefit the Emergency Food Bank and Family Services of Stockton/San Joaquin. Event begins and ends at Stockton Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton. For advance registration, visit www.runagainsthunger.org. Information: click here.

Citizenship Information Workshop in Manteca

Dec. 17 (Wednesday) 6:30 p.m.: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a free, two-hour information session at the Manteca Branch Library, 320 W. Center St., Manteca. The session is part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process, including the content of the naturalization test, and to become familiar with free educational resources and materials available from the agency. The public is invited, and USCIS officers will be on hand to provide information about eligibility and residency requirements, application forms, fees, the background security check and processing times. They will demonstrate the citizenship interview and answer questions about it. Participants will also see sample questions from the citizenship test and receive an overview of U.S. history and civic principles. Free educational materials will be handed out while supplies last. Information: (800) 375-5283 or www.uscis.gov.

Partners for Stroke Awareness & Progress: A Review and Preview

Dec. 23 (Tuesday) noon to 2 p.m.: This Healings in Motion program is held at Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. $10 donation includes healthy lunch. Stroke survivors, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, medical professionals are all invited. Information: www.healingsinmotion.org or (877) 672-4480.

Healthier Living in East Stockton

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 715 S. Windsor Ave., Stockton. To sign up for a future workshop, contact Joyce Williams at (209) 463-7889.

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. 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.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24 and 31): Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Nov. 27 and Dec. 25): For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Get in Shape with Free Zumba

Ditch the routine, join the party! Free Zumba fitness featuring licensed Zumba instructor Monique Solario. Program sponsored by the YMCA of San Joaquin County, Dignity Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes Family Zumba on Saturdays. Information: www.ymcasjc.org or contact Isela Robles at (209) 292-8468 or lrobles@ymcasjc.org. Classes will be held at the following sites:

  • Boggs Tract Community Center: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 533 S. Los Angeles St., Stockton.
  • Podesto Teen Impact Center: Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., 725 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.
  • Kennedy Community Center: Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 2800 S. D St., Stockton.
  • East Side Community Park: Family Zumba on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., corner of Delmar and Horner streets, Stockton.

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

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

Lodi Memorial Hospital Designated Baby Friendly

Lodi Memorial Hospital has been awarded the prestigious international designation of “Baby-Friendly® Hospital” by Baby-Friendly® USA. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.  Lodi Memorial Hospital is only the second hospital in the eight counties of the Central Valley to receive this designation. (St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton was the first in 2012).  For more information about the 65 Baby-Friendly® Hospitals in California, visitwww.CaliforniaBreastfeeding.org.

 

Public Health WIC Moves to Aurora Street

San Joaquin County Public Health Services has moved its WIC Clinic — Women, Infants and Children — from North Hunter Street to 620 N. Aurora St., Suite 2, Stockton. It’s mailing address is P.O. Box 2009, Stockton, CA 95201-2009. Phone: (209) 468-3280. Fax: (209) 468-8573. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. See the flier here.

A Video That Gets Safety Message Across

A Hong Kong movie theater asks its patrons to leave their cell phones ON when they enter the movie. Using that, Volkswagen made an eye-opening ad. More than 1.5 million views in 3 days! Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy=3

$1.1 million San Joaquin Valley Health Fund launched

Center for Health Program Management logoCalifornia’s San Joaquin Valley is often referred to as the “food basket of the world” because of its rich soil and agricultural bounty. It also is home to several of the state’s fastest-growing cities and is faced with some of the state’s worst health and economic outcomes. Recognizing the valley’s regional challenges as well as its opportunities, the Center for Health Program Management today launched the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, with initial investments totaling $1.1 million from Sierra Health Foundation and The California Endowment. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund aims to make the region a healthier place to live, work and prosper by strengthening communities and organizations to advance programs and policy changes that promote community health and health equity for all. Working with local leaders and funding partners, the Health Fund focuses on issues that impact health and quality of life, such as clean drinking water, air quality and land use, as well as education, employment, housing and safety. Grant funds are available through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund for nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the following eight counties: Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare. Grant awards will be up to $20,000. Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2014, at noon. Information about the funding opportunity and application materials are available on the Center for Health Program Management web sitePlease e-mail us any questions. As part of the pilot for the Health Fund launch, three San Joaquin Valley nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $139,000 to support programs serving residents of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Kings counties: Catholic Charities of Stockton, Community Foundation of San Joaquin and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice.

Fact Sheet: Healthy Lifestyle for Low-Income Children

The Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health has just released a children’s fact sheet entitled Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle Among Low-Income Children: Key Findings from the 2011 California Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Practices Survey. It is available online at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cpns/Documents/ChildrensFactSheet2011.pdf.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Californians Propose Major Changes to Medicare

Care at the end of life is one of the most sensitive areas of discussion in health care today. When tasked with reconsidering Medicare, 97% of the 800 Californians who participated in a statewide project wanted to reduce Medicare coverage for extensive treatment at the end of life. They did, however, expect that quality palliative care and hospice be provided. These findings were part of the report of the California MedCHAT Collaborative project, sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Decisions, in partnership with LeadingAge California and 20 other nonprofit healthcare and senior services organizations.  MedCHAT was conducted using a computer-based simulation process where groups of 8-12 people spend 3 hours negotiating what the Medicare of the future should cover.  82 MedCHAT sessions were held in the past year in community, workplace, residential and educational settings.  This unique civic engagement activity asked participants to design the best Medicare coverage possible for everyone in the country, not just themselves or their families. More care, less technology when the end is near. There were 12 different categories of coverage in the MedCHAT discussion, yet end-of-life care was a particularly active subject according to Marge Ginsburg, CHCD’s executive director. “Participants had very strong feelings about this topic.  While individual choice is so important, these Californians did not want Medicare resources spent on care that they felt did more harm than good.” Medicare currently covers life-sustaining treatment and ICUs, even when the benefit to the patient is unlikely.   The vast majority of Californians would prefer to die at home but less than half do.[1] This preference combined with the high cost of medical interventions near the end of life convinced most MedCHAT participants that those dollars would be better spent elsewhere. Californians want long-term care. For 77 percent of MedCHAT players, “spent elsewhere” meant long-term care coverage in a facility or at home.  Contrary to what most people think, Medicare does not currently provide that type of coverage for those who are mentally or physically frail. This issue is especially relevant given the aging population which will add an additional 30 million beneficiaries to Medicare over the next 15 years. Other benefits and compromises. The results show other benefits that Californians want to add to Medicare – such as Dental, Vision and Hearing – but MedCHAT also requires compromises if new benefits are added.  82% of MedCHAT participants accepted the requirement that everyone would sign up with a provider network, foregoing the current option of going to any doctor or hospital they want.   They also put new coverage restrictions on treatments that were “low-value,” where the benefit to the patient was insufficient relative to the cost. This project has gained national interest.  On Sept. 19th, the American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution are co-hosting a briefing in DC. The final report is now available.

Covered California to Offer Expanded Family Dental Plans

Covered California is offering new family dental plans to consumers who enroll in health insurance coverage in 2015. Additionally, all individual health insurance plans sold through the Covered California exchange will include pediatric dental benefits for members younger than 19. “This is great news for families and children, because all children enrolled in Covered California will have dental coverage embedded in their comprehensive health plan,” Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said. “They will be getting better coverage and more for their money.” Additionally, Lee said, the family dental plan will offer adults the option of receiving dental coverage outside the general health plans at an additional cost. Some consumers also may be drawn to family dental plans if a provider they prefer for their child is not offered in their embedded coverage. The optional stand-alone family dental plans, which offer coverage for adults, will not be available at the beginning of open enrollment, which starts Nov. 15, but are planned to be added in early 2015. Covered California will offer both dental health maintenance organization (DHMO) and dental preferred provider organization (DPPO) plans, giving consumers a choice in the type of plan that will work best for them. There is no financial assistance available for the optional adult dental benefits. Lee emphasized that there is no requirement to enroll children in a family dental plan. The family dental plan is optional and is primarily intended to offer affordable dental coverage to adults that was not available in 2014. Families should consider that adding their children to a family dental plan will result in an extra cost for the same dental services they already receive in their standard health insurance plan. The most likely reason to enroll a child in the family dental plan is if a dental provider they prefer for their child is not offered through their embedded coverage. Covered California is notifying enrollees to explain the availability of pediatric dental benefits in its health insurance plans, as well as to explain the newly available family dental plans that include dental benefits for adults. A booklet containing more information about the new family dental plans is available by clicking here.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin Countyoffers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

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.

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.

$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.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

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.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

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 orSJCancerInfo@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.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.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 visitwww.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.orgor (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.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

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) 464-7369or www.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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Joe’s Health Calendar Nov. 21

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Free Clinics to Help People with Medicare Save Money

Nov. 22 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Student pharmacists from University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will hold a health clinic to help people with Medicare save money on their prescription drug costs, better understand their medications, and receive a variety of health care screenings and services at Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley. Call for an appointment: (510) 841-4776 ext. 3112. Now in its eighth year, Pacific’s Mobile Medicare Clinics have served 2,911 Medicare beneficiaries, saving seniors and other beneficiaries over $2.2 million, or an average of $769 per beneficiary per year, on their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D prescription drug costs since the program began. This year’s clinics will be offered during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) in our Bay Area cities – Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland – as well as three San Joaquin County cities – Lodi, Stockton and Tracy. Trained pharmacy students will assist beneficiaries with Part D plan review and enrollment, determine if they qualify for additional government assistance to help lower their out-of-pocket medication costs, and explore other cost-savings opportunities. Attendees will also be provided with a comprehensive review of all of their medications and have all of their medication-related questions answered. Since the program’s inception, Pacific student pharmacists have identified 137 potentially severe medication-related issues among clinic attendees, including severe drug-drug interactions and sub-optimal drug therapy that warranted physician follow-up. Under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, the student pharmacists will also offer different vaccinations including the flu and pneumococcal vaccines, diabetes screening and blood pressure testing, cholesterol and bone-density testing, and much more. All told, pharmacy students have held 73 clinics in 16 California cities, volunteering a combined 9,072 hours of time since the program first began. If you would like to have your Part D plan reviewed and/or have a comprehensive evaluation of your medication, please call for an appointment. Phone numbers for each clinic site are listed below. IMPORTANT: Beneficiaries attending the clinic should bring the following: their red, white and blue Medicare card; and all of their medications. For general information about the program, visit go.pacific.edu/medicare  or contact us at (209) 932-2958.

Will You Help a Family in Need This Holiday Season?

Deadline Nov. 24 (Monday): As the holidays approach, the Emergency Food Bank is getting ready to reach out to our community families in need . On Monday, Nov. 24, we will be having our annual Thanksgiving Food Box Giveaway. On this event last year we provided food boxes (complete meal with a turkey) to more than 2,600 families! This year we are expecting the same. The problem is that as of Nov. 1 we only had 144 turkeys in our freezer. Will you help us during our November Turkey Food Drive. We prefer turkeys between 12 and 15 pounds, but we will accept any size. Please help give a family a holiday meal this Thanksgiving. For more information contact Pete Mata, food drives coordinator, at (209) 464-7369 or pmata@stocktonfoodbank.org.

Stroke: Depression, Anger and Anxiety

Nov. 25 (Tuesday) noon to 2 p.m.: This Healings in Motion program is held at Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. $10 donation includes healthy lunch. Stroke survivors, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, medical professionals are all invited. Information: www.healingsinmotion.org or (877) 672-4480.

Healthier Living in Northeast Stockton

Nov. 25 (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (also Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23): St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. It will be held at Arnold Rue Community Center Library, 5758 Lorraine Ave., Stockton. Space is limited, so sign up now by calling (209) 937-7350 and ask for Madonna O’Neel. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. For more classes, contact St. Joseph’s Medical Center Community Health Department at (209) 944-8355.

Run & Walk Against Hunger on Thanksgiving

Nov. 27 (Thursday) 6 to 8 a.m. day of event registration; 8 a.m. Kids Quarter Mile Run; 8:30 a.m. 5K & 10K Run & Walk: All proceeds from this event benefit the Emergency Food Bank and Family Services of Stockton/San Joaquin. Event begins and ends at Stockton Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton. For advance registration, visit www.runagainsthunger.org. Information: click here.

Citizenship Information Workshop in Manteca

Dec. 17 (Wednesday) 6:30 p.m.: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a free, two-hour information session at the Manteca Branch Library, 320 W. Center St., Manteca. The session is part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process, including the content of the naturalization test, and to become familiar with free educational resources and materials available from the agency. The public is invited, and USCIS officers will be on hand to provide information about eligibility and residency requirements, application forms, fees, the background security check and processing times. They will demonstrate the citizenship interview and answer questions about it. Participants will also see sample questions from the citizenship test and receive an overview of U.S. history and civic principles. Free educational materials will be handed out while supplies last. Information: (800) 375-5283 or www.uscis.gov.

Partners for Stroke Awareness & Progress: A Review and Preview

Dec. 23 (Tuesday) noon to 2 p.m.: This Healings in Motion program is held at Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. $10 donation includes healthy lunch. Stroke survivors, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, medical professionals are all invited. Information: www.healingsinmotion.org or (877) 672-4480.

Healthier Living in East Stockton

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 715 S. Windsor Ave., Stockton. To sign up for a future workshop, contact Joyce Williams at (209) 463-7889.

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. 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.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24 and 31): Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Nov. 27 and Dec. 25): For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Get in Shape with Free Zumba

Ditch the routine, join the party! Free Zumba fitness featuring licensed Zumba instructor Monique Solario. Program sponsored by the YMCA of San Joaquin County, Dignity Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes Family Zumba on Saturdays. Information: www.ymcasjc.org or contact Isela Robles at (209) 292-8468 or lrobles@ymcasjc.org. Classes will be held at the following sites:

  • Boggs Tract Community Center: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 533 S. Los Angeles St., Stockton.
  • Podesto Teen Impact Center: Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., 725 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.
  • Kennedy Community Center: Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 2800 S. D St., Stockton.
  • East Side Community Park: Family Zumba on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., corner of Delmar and Horner streets, Stockton.

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

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

Lodi Memorial Hospital Designated Baby Friendly

Lodi Memorial Hospital has been awarded the prestigious international designation of “Baby-Friendly® Hospital” by Baby-Friendly® USA. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.  Lodi Memorial Hospital is only the second hospital in the eight counties of the Central Valley to receive this designation. (St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton was the first in 2012).  For more information about the 65 Baby-Friendly® Hospitals in California, visitwww.CaliforniaBreastfeeding.org.

 

Public Health WIC Moves to Aurora Street

San Joaquin County Public Health Services has moved its WIC Clinic — Women, Infants and Children — from North Hunter Street to 620 N. Aurora St., Suite 2, Stockton. It’s mailing address is P.O. Box 2009, Stockton, CA 95201-2009. Phone: (209) 468-3280. Fax: (209) 468-8573. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. See the flier here.

A Video That Gets Safety Message Across

A Hong Kong movie theater asks its patrons to leave their cell phones ON when they enter the movie. Using that, Volkswagen made an eye-opening ad. More than 1.5 million views in 3 days! Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy=3

$1.1 million San Joaquin Valley Health Fund launched

Center for Health Program Management logoCalifornia’s San Joaquin Valley is often referred to as the “food basket of the world” because of its rich soil and agricultural bounty. It also is home to several of the state’s fastest-growing cities and is faced with some of the state’s worst health and economic outcomes. Recognizing the valley’s regional challenges as well as its opportunities, the Center for Health Program Management today launched the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, with initial investments totaling $1.1 million from Sierra Health Foundation and The California Endowment. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund aims to make the region a healthier place to live, work and prosper by strengthening communities and organizations to advance programs and policy changes that promote community health and health equity for all. Working with local leaders and funding partners, the Health Fund focuses on issues that impact health and quality of life, such as clean drinking water, air quality and land use, as well as education, employment, housing and safety. Grant funds are available through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund for nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the following eight counties: Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare. Grant awards will be up to $20,000. Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2014, at noon. Information about the funding opportunity and application materials are available on the Center for Health Program Management web sitePlease e-mail us any questions. As part of the pilot for the Health Fund launch, three San Joaquin Valley nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $139,000 to support programs serving residents of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Kings counties: Catholic Charities of Stockton, Community Foundation of San Joaquin and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice.

Fact Sheet: Healthy Lifestyle for Low-Income Children

The Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health has just released a children’s fact sheet entitled Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle Among Low-Income Children: Key Findings from the 2011 California Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Practices Survey. It is available online at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cpns/Documents/ChildrensFactSheet2011.pdf.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Californians Propose Major Changes to Medicare

Care at the end of life is one of the most sensitive areas of discussion in health care today. When tasked with reconsidering Medicare, 97% of the 800 Californians who participated in a statewide project wanted to reduce Medicare coverage for extensive treatment at the end of life. They did, however, expect that quality palliative care and hospice be provided. These findings were part of the report of the California MedCHAT Collaborative project, sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Decisions, in partnership with LeadingAge California and 20 other nonprofit healthcare and senior services organizations.  MedCHAT was conducted using a computer-based simulation process where groups of 8-12 people spend 3 hours negotiating what the Medicare of the future should cover.  82 MedCHAT sessions were held in the past year in community, workplace, residential and educational settings.  This unique civic engagement activity asked participants to design the best Medicare coverage possible for everyone in the country, not just themselves or their families. More care, less technology when the end is near. There were 12 different categories of coverage in the MedCHAT discussion, yet end-of-life care was a particularly active subject according to Marge Ginsburg, CHCD’s executive director. “Participants had very strong feelings about this topic.  While individual choice is so important, these Californians did not want Medicare resources spent on care that they felt did more harm than good.” Medicare currently covers life-sustaining treatment and ICUs, even when the benefit to the patient is unlikely.   The vast majority of Californians would prefer to die at home but less than half do.[1] This preference combined with the high cost of medical interventions near the end of life convinced most MedCHAT participants that those dollars would be better spent elsewhere. Californians want long-term care. For 77 percent of MedCHAT players, “spent elsewhere” meant long-term care coverage in a facility or at home.  Contrary to what most people think, Medicare does not currently provide that type of coverage for those who are mentally or physically frail. This issue is especially relevant given the aging population which will add an additional 30 million beneficiaries to Medicare over the next 15 years. Other benefits and compromises. The results show other benefits that Californians want to add to Medicare – such as Dental, Vision and Hearing – but MedCHAT also requires compromises if new benefits are added.  82% of MedCHAT participants accepted the requirement that everyone would sign up with a provider network, foregoing the current option of going to any doctor or hospital they want.   They also put new coverage restrictions on treatments that were “low-value,” where the benefit to the patient was insufficient relative to the cost. This project has gained national interest.  On Sept. 19th, the American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution are co-hosting a briefing in DC. The final report is now available.

Covered California to Offer Expanded Family Dental Plans

Covered California is offering new family dental plans to consumers who enroll in health insurance coverage in 2015. Additionally, all individual health insurance plans sold through the Covered California exchange will include pediatric dental benefits for members younger than 19. “This is great news for families and children, because all children enrolled in Covered California will have dental coverage embedded in their comprehensive health plan,” Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said. “They will be getting better coverage and more for their money.” Additionally, Lee said, the family dental plan will offer adults the option of receiving dental coverage outside the general health plans at an additional cost. Some consumers also may be drawn to family dental plans if a provider they prefer for their child is not offered in their embedded coverage. The optional stand-alone family dental plans, which offer coverage for adults, will not be available at the beginning of open enrollment, which starts Nov. 15, but are planned to be added in early 2015. Covered California will offer both dental health maintenance organization (DHMO) and dental preferred provider organization (DPPO) plans, giving consumers a choice in the type of plan that will work best for them. There is no financial assistance available for the optional adult dental benefits. Lee emphasized that there is no requirement to enroll children in a family dental plan. The family dental plan is optional and is primarily intended to offer affordable dental coverage to adults that was not available in 2014. Families should consider that adding their children to a family dental plan will result in an extra cost for the same dental services they already receive in their standard health insurance plan. The most likely reason to enroll a child in the family dental plan is if a dental provider they prefer for their child is not offered through their embedded coverage. Covered California is notifying enrollees to explain the availability of pediatric dental benefits in its health insurance plans, as well as to explain the newly available family dental plans that include dental benefits for adults. A booklet containing more information about the new family dental plans is available by clicking here.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin Countyoffers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

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.

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.

$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.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

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.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

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 orSJCancerInfo@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.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.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 visitwww.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.orgor (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.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

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) 464-7369or www.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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Joe’s Health Calendar Nov. 20

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Great American Smokeout in Calaveras County

Nov. 20 (today) all day: In recognition of National Rural Health Day and the Great American Smokeout, Calaveras County Public Health Services encourages smokers to put their health first and commit to quitting tobacco for good. Rural areas in California have high rates of tobacco use. The adult smoking rate for Calaveras County was recently estimated at 18.2%, compared with the state rate of 13.8%. In 2012, the smoking rate for youth in grades 9-12 in Calaveras County was 10%. Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers start smoking by age 18. Recent products such as electronic cigarettes pose new challenges in helping people quit tobacco.  All major tobacco companies now make e-cigarettes, which are not approved by the U.S. FDA to help people quit tobacco use. “You may know someone who has stopped using tobacco and made the switch to e-cigarettes, but switching isn’t quitting,” according to Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. Electronic cigarettes have already hit store shelves in Calaveras County. A 2013 survey showed more than 43% of local stores sell e-cigarettes. “E-cigarettes promote nicotine to a new generation, which for many can turn into a deadly addiction,” Kelaita said. Nicotine, one of the main ingredients in e-cigarettes and tobacco products, is a poison and a highly addictive drug. “It’s never too late to quit tobacco – but the sooner the better,” Kelaita said. “People often make several attempts at quitting before they are able to quit for good. The good news is, once you quit, your body starts to recover quickly.” There are resources to help smokers quit. The California Smokers’ Helpline at (800) NO-BUTTS is a free, effective resource available to all Californians wanting to quit any and all tobacco products. For a limited time, Medi-Cal members can receive free nicotine patches and a gift card bonus by calling the state helpline. Locally, a new teen tobacco “quit kit” has been designed to encourage young tobacco users to quit.  The quit kit is the first of its kind in the county for teens, developed by students from Calaveras River Academy in partnership with the Calaveras County Office of Education and Calaveras County Public Health Services. Kits are available at local high schools and the County Office of Education. No-cost quit kits for both teens and adults are also available from the Calaveras Tobacco Prevention Program by calling (209) 754-6460.

Free Clinics to Help People with Medicare Save Money

Student pharmacists from University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will hold health clinics in seven cities this fall to help people with Medicare save money on their prescription drug costs, better understand their medications, and receive a variety of health care screenings and services. Now in its eighth year, Pacific’s Mobile Medicare Clinics have served 2,911 Medicare beneficiaries, saving seniors and other beneficiaries over $2.2 million, or an average of $769 per beneficiary per year, on their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D prescription drug costs since the program began. This year’s clinics will be offered during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) in our Bay Area cities – Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland – as well as three San Joaquin County cities – Lodi, Stockton and Tracy. Trained pharmacy students will assist beneficiaries with Part D plan review and enrollment, determine if they qualify for additional government assistance to help lower their out-of-pocket medication costs, and explore other cost-savings opportunities. Attendees will also be provided with a comprehensive review of all of their medications and have all of their medication-related questions answered. Since the program’s inception, Pacific student pharmacists have identified 137 potentially severe medication-related issues among clinic attendees, including severe drug-drug interactions and sub-optimal drug therapy that warranted physician follow-up. Under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, the student pharmacists will also offer different vaccinations including the flu and pneumococcal vaccines, diabetes screening and blood pressure testing, cholesterol and bone-density testing, and much more. All told, pharmacy students have held 73 clinics in 16 California cities, volunteering a combined 9,072 hours of time since the program first began. If you would like to have your Part D plan reviewed and/or have a comprehensive evaluation of your medication, please call for an appointment. Phone numbers for each clinic site are listed below. IMPORTANT: Beneficiaries attending the clinic should bring the following: their red, white and blue Medicare card; and all of their medications. For general information about the program, visit go.pacific.edu/medicare  or contact us at (209) 932-2958.

  • Nov. 20 (today) 1 to 6 p.m.: Northeast Community Center, 2885 E. Harding Way, Stockton. Call for an appointment: (209) 468-3918.
  • Nov. 22 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley. Call for an appointment: (510) 841-4776 ext. 3112.

Will You Help a Family in Need This Holiday Season?

Deadline Nov. 24 (Monday): As the holidays approach, the Emergency Food Bank is getting ready to reach out to our community families in need . On Monday, Nov. 24, we will be having our annual Thanksgiving Food Box Giveaway. On this event last year we provided food boxes (complete meal with a turkey) to more than 2,600 families! This year we are expecting the same. The problem is that as of Nov. 1 we only had 144 turkeys in our freezer. Will you help us during our November Turkey Food Drive. We prefer turkeys between 12 and 15 pounds, but we will accept any size. Please help give a family a holiday meal this Thanksgiving. For more information contact Pete Mata, food drives coordinator, at (209) 464-7369 or pmata@stocktonfoodbank.org.

Stroke: Depression, Anger and Anxiety

Nov. 25 (Tuesday) noon to 2 p.m.: This Healings in Motion program is held at Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. $10 donation includes healthy lunch. Stroke survivors, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, medical professionals are all invited. Information: www.healingsinmotion.org or (877) 672-4480.

Healthier Living in Northeast Stockton

Nov. 25 (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (also Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23): St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. It will be held at Arnold Rue Community Center Library, 5758 Lorraine Ave., Stockton. Space is limited, so sign up now by calling (209) 937-7350 and ask for Madonna O’Neel. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. For more classes, contact St. Joseph’s Medical Center Community Health Department at (209) 944-8355.

Run & Walk Against Hunger on Thanksgiving

Nov. 27 (Thursday) 6 to 8 a.m. day of event registration; 8 a.m. Kids Quarter Mile Run; 8:30 a.m. 5K & 10K Run & Walk: All proceeds from this event benefit the Emergency Food Bank and Family Services of Stockton/San Joaquin. Event begins and ends at Stockton Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton. For advance registration, visit www.runagainsthunger.org. Information: click here.

Citizenship Information Workshop in Manteca

Dec. 17 (Wednesday) 6:30 p.m.: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a free, two-hour information session at the Manteca Branch Library, 320 W. Center St., Manteca. The session is part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process, including the content of the naturalization test, and to become familiar with free educational resources and materials available from the agency. The public is invited, and USCIS officers will be on hand to provide information about eligibility and residency requirements, application forms, fees, the background security check and processing times. They will demonstrate the citizenship interview and answer questions about it. Participants will also see sample questions from the citizenship test and receive an overview of U.S. history and civic principles. Free educational materials will be handed out while supplies last. Information: (800) 375-5283 or www.uscis.gov.

Partners for Stroke Awareness & Progress: A Review and Preview

Dec. 23 (Tuesday) noon to 2 p.m.: This Healings in Motion program is held at Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. $10 donation includes healthy lunch. Stroke survivors, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, medical professionals are all invited. Information: www.healingsinmotion.org or (877) 672-4480.

Healthier Living in East Stockton

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 715 S. Windsor Ave., Stockton. To sign up for a future workshop, contact Joyce Williams at (209) 463-7889.

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. 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.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24 and 31): Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Nov. 27 and Dec. 25): For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Get in Shape with Free Zumba

Ditch the routine, join the party! Free Zumba fitness featuring licensed Zumba instructor Monique Solario. Program sponsored by the YMCA of San Joaquin County, Dignity Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes Family Zumba on Saturdays. Information: www.ymcasjc.org or contact Isela Robles at (209) 292-8468 or lrobles@ymcasjc.org. Classes will be held at the following sites:

  • Boggs Tract Community Center: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 533 S. Los Angeles St., Stockton.
  • Podesto Teen Impact Center: Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., 725 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.
  • Kennedy Community Center: Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 2800 S. D St., Stockton.
  • East Side Community Park: Family Zumba on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., corner of Delmar and Horner streets, Stockton.

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

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

Lodi Memorial Hospital Designated Baby Friendly

Lodi Memorial Hospital has been awarded the prestigious international designation of “Baby-Friendly® Hospital” by Baby-Friendly® USA. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.  Lodi Memorial Hospital is only the second hospital in the eight counties of the Central Valley to receive this designation. (St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton was the first in 2012).  For more information about the 65 Baby-Friendly® Hospitals in California, visitwww.CaliforniaBreastfeeding.org.

 

Public Health WIC Moves to Aurora Street

San Joaquin County Public Health Services has moved its WIC Clinic — Women, Infants and Children — from North Hunter Street to 620 N. Aurora St., Suite 2, Stockton. It’s mailing address is P.O. Box 2009, Stockton, CA 95201-2009. Phone: (209) 468-3280. Fax: (209) 468-8573. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. See the flier here.

A Video That Gets Safety Message Across

A Hong Kong movie theater asks its patrons to leave their cell phones ON when they enter the movie. Using that, Volkswagen made an eye-opening ad. More than 1.5 million views in 3 days! Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy=3

$1.1 million San Joaquin Valley Health Fund launched

Center for Health Program Management logoCalifornia’s San Joaquin Valley is often referred to as the “food basket of the world” because of its rich soil and agricultural bounty. It also is home to several of the state’s fastest-growing cities and is faced with some of the state’s worst health and economic outcomes. Recognizing the valley’s regional challenges as well as its opportunities, the Center for Health Program Management today launched the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, with initial investments totaling $1.1 million from Sierra Health Foundation and The California Endowment. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund aims to make the region a healthier place to live, work and prosper by strengthening communities and organizations to advance programs and policy changes that promote community health and health equity for all. Working with local leaders and funding partners, the Health Fund focuses on issues that impact health and quality of life, such as clean drinking water, air quality and land use, as well as education, employment, housing and safety. Grant funds are available through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund for nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the following eight counties: Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare. Grant awards will be up to $20,000. Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2014, at noon. Information about the funding opportunity and application materials are available on the Center for Health Program Management web sitePlease e-mail us any questions. As part of the pilot for the Health Fund launch, three San Joaquin Valley nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $139,000 to support programs serving residents of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Kings counties: Catholic Charities of Stockton, Community Foundation of San Joaquin and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice.

Fact Sheet: Healthy Lifestyle for Low-Income Children

The Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health has just released a children’s fact sheet entitled Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle Among Low-Income Children: Key Findings from the 2011 California Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Practices Survey. It is available online at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cpns/Documents/ChildrensFactSheet2011.pdf.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Californians Propose Major Changes to Medicare

Care at the end of life is one of the most sensitive areas of discussion in health care today. When tasked with reconsidering Medicare, 97% of the 800 Californians who participated in a statewide project wanted to reduce Medicare coverage for extensive treatment at the end of life. They did, however, expect that quality palliative care and hospice be provided. These findings were part of the report of the California MedCHAT Collaborative project, sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Decisions, in partnership with LeadingAge California and 20 other nonprofit healthcare and senior services organizations.  MedCHAT was conducted using a computer-based simulation process where groups of 8-12 people spend 3 hours negotiating what the Medicare of the future should cover.  82 MedCHAT sessions were held in the past year in community, workplace, residential and educational settings.  This unique civic engagement activity asked participants to design the best Medicare coverage possible for everyone in the country, not just themselves or their families. More care, less technology when the end is near. There were 12 different categories of coverage in the MedCHAT discussion, yet end-of-life care was a particularly active subject according to Marge Ginsburg, CHCD’s executive director. “Participants had very strong feelings about this topic.  While individual choice is so important, these Californians did not want Medicare resources spent on care that they felt did more harm than good.” Medicare currently covers life-sustaining treatment and ICUs, even when the benefit to the patient is unlikely.   The vast majority of Californians would prefer to die at home but less than half do.[1] This preference combined with the high cost of medical interventions near the end of life convinced most MedCHAT participants that those dollars would be better spent elsewhere. Californians want long-term care. For 77 percent of MedCHAT players, “spent elsewhere” meant long-term care coverage in a facility or at home.  Contrary to what most people think, Medicare does not currently provide that type of coverage for those who are mentally or physically frail. This issue is especially relevant given the aging population which will add an additional 30 million beneficiaries to Medicare over the next 15 years. Other benefits and compromises. The results show other benefits that Californians want to add to Medicare – such as Dental, Vision and Hearing – but MedCHAT also requires compromises if new benefits are added.  82% of MedCHAT participants accepted the requirement that everyone would sign up with a provider network, foregoing the current option of going to any doctor or hospital they want.   They also put new coverage restrictions on treatments that were “low-value,” where the benefit to the patient was insufficient relative to the cost. This project has gained national interest.  On Sept. 19th, the American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution are co-hosting a briefing in DC. The final report is now available.

Covered California to Offer Expanded Family Dental Plans

Covered California is offering new family dental plans to consumers who enroll in health insurance coverage in 2015. Additionally, all individual health insurance plans sold through the Covered California exchange will include pediatric dental benefits for members younger than 19. “This is great news for families and children, because all children enrolled in Covered California will have dental coverage embedded in their comprehensive health plan,” Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said. “They will be getting better coverage and more for their money.” Additionally, Lee said, the family dental plan will offer adults the option of receiving dental coverage outside the general health plans at an additional cost. Some consumers also may be drawn to family dental plans if a provider they prefer for their child is not offered in their embedded coverage. The optional stand-alone family dental plans, which offer coverage for adults, will not be available at the beginning of open enrollment, which starts Nov. 15, but are planned to be added in early 2015. Covered California will offer both dental health maintenance organization (DHMO) and dental preferred provider organization (DPPO) plans, giving consumers a choice in the type of plan that will work best for them. There is no financial assistance available for the optional adult dental benefits. Lee emphasized that there is no requirement to enroll children in a family dental plan. The family dental plan is optional and is primarily intended to offer affordable dental coverage to adults that was not available in 2014. Families should consider that adding their children to a family dental plan will result in an extra cost for the same dental services they already receive in their standard health insurance plan. The most likely reason to enroll a child in the family dental plan is if a dental provider they prefer for their child is not offered through their embedded coverage. Covered California is notifying enrollees to explain the availability of pediatric dental benefits in its health insurance plans, as well as to explain the newly available family dental plans that include dental benefits for adults. A booklet containing more information about the new family dental plans is available by clicking here.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin Countyoffers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

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.

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.

$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.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

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.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

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 orSJCancerInfo@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.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.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 visitwww.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.orgor (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.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

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) 464-7369or www.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

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Joe’s Health Calendar Nov. 19

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Great American Smokeout in Calaveras County

Nov. 20 (Thursday) all day: In recognition of National Rural Health Day and the Great American Smokeout, Calaveras County Public Health Services encourages smokers to put their health first and commit to quitting tobacco for good. Rural areas in California have high rates of tobacco use. The adult smoking rate for Calaveras County was recently estimated at 18.2%, compared with the state rate of 13.8%. In 2012, the smoking rate for youth in grades 9-12 in Calaveras County was 10%. Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers start smoking by age 18. Recent products such as electronic cigarettes pose new challenges in helping people quit tobacco.  All major tobacco companies now make e-cigarettes, which are not approved by the U.S. FDA to help people quit tobacco use. “You may know someone who has stopped using tobacco and made the switch to e-cigarettes, but switching isn’t quitting,” according to Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. Electronic cigarettes have already hit store shelves in Calaveras County. A 2013 survey showed more than 43% of local stores sell e-cigarettes. “E-cigarettes promote nicotine to a new generation, which for many can turn into a deadly addiction,” Kelaita said. Nicotine, one of the main ingredients in e-cigarettes and tobacco products, is a poison and a highly addictive drug. “It’s never too late to quit tobacco – but the sooner the better,” Kelaita said. “People often make several attempts at quitting before they are able to quit for good. The good news is, once you quit, your body starts to recover quickly.” There are resources to help smokers quit. The California Smokers’ Helpline at (800) NO-BUTTS is a free, effective resource available to all Californians wanting to quit any and all tobacco products. For a limited time, Medi-Cal members can receive free nicotine patches and a gift card bonus by calling the state helpline. Locally, a new teen tobacco “quit kit” has been designed to encourage young tobacco users to quit.  The quit kit is the first of its kind in the county for teens, developed by students from Calaveras River Academy in partnership with the Calaveras County Office of Education and Calaveras County Public Health Services. Kits are available at local high schools and the County Office of Education. No-cost quit kits for both teens and adults are also available from the Calaveras Tobacco Prevention Program by calling (209) 754-6460.

Free Clinics to Help People with Medicare Save Money

Student pharmacists from University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will hold health clinics in seven cities this fall to help people with Medicare save money on their prescription drug costs, better understand their medications, and receive a variety of health care screenings and services. Now in its eighth year, Pacific’s Mobile Medicare Clinics have served 2,911 Medicare beneficiaries, saving seniors and other beneficiaries over $2.2 million, or an average of $769 per beneficiary per year, on their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D prescription drug costs since the program began. This year’s clinics will be offered during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) in our Bay Area cities – Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland – as well as three San Joaquin County cities – Lodi, Stockton and Tracy. Trained pharmacy students will assist beneficiaries with Part D plan review and enrollment, determine if they qualify for additional government assistance to help lower their out-of-pocket medication costs, and explore other cost-savings opportunities. Attendees will also be provided with a comprehensive review of all of their medications and have all of their medication-related questions answered. Since the program’s inception, Pacific student pharmacists have identified 137 potentially severe medication-related issues among clinic attendees, including severe drug-drug interactions and sub-optimal drug therapy that warranted physician follow-up. Under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, the student pharmacists will also offer different vaccinations including the flu and pneumococcal vaccines, diabetes screening and blood pressure testing, cholesterol and bone-density testing, and much more. All told, pharmacy students have held 73 clinics in 16 California cities, volunteering a combined 9,072 hours of time since the program first began. If you would like to have your Part D plan reviewed and/or have a comprehensive evaluation of your medication, please call for an appointment. Phone numbers for each clinic site are listed below. IMPORTANT: Beneficiaries attending the clinic should bring the following: their red, white and blue Medicare card; and all of their medications. For general information about the program, visit go.pacific.edu/medicare  or contact us at (209) 932-2958.

  • Nov. 20 (Thursday) 1 to 6 p.m.: Northeast Community Center, 2885 E. Harding Way, Stockton. Call for an appointment: (209) 468-3918.
  • Nov. 22 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley. Call for an appointment: (510) 841-4776 ext. 3112.

Will You Help a Family in Need This Holiday Season?

Deadline Nov. 24 (Monday): As the holidays approach, the Emergency Food Bank is getting ready to reach out to our community families in need . On Monday, Nov. 24, we will be having our annual Thanksgiving Food Box Giveaway. On this event last year we provided food boxes (complete meal with a turkey) to more than 2,600 families! This year we are expecting the same. The problem is that as of Nov. 1 we only had 144 turkeys in our freezer. Will you help us during our November Turkey Food Drive. We prefer turkeys between 12 and 15 pounds, but we will accept any size. Please help give a family a holiday meal this Thanksgiving. For more information contact Pete Mata, food drives coordinator, at (209) 464-7369 or pmata@stocktonfoodbank.org.

Stroke: Depression, Anger and Anxiety

Nov. 25 (Tuesday) noon to 2 p.m.: This Healings in Motion program is held at Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. $10 donation includes healthy lunch. Stroke survivors, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, medical professionals are all invited. Information: www.healingsinmotion.org or (877) 672-4480.

Healthier Living in Northeast Stockton

Nov. 25 (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (also Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23): St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. It will be held at Arnold Rue Community Center Library, 5758 Lorraine Ave., Stockton. Space is limited, so sign up now by calling (209) 937-7350 and ask for Madonna O’Neel. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. For more classes, contact St. Joseph’s Medical Center Community Health Department at (209) 944-8355.

Run & Walk Against Hunger on Thanksgiving

Nov. 27 (Thursday) 6 to 8 a.m. day of event registration; 8 a.m. Kids Quarter Mile Run; 8:30 a.m. 5K & 10K Run & Walk: All proceeds from this event benefit the Emergency Food Bank and Family Services of Stockton/San Joaquin. Event begins and ends at Stockton Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton. For advance registration, visit www.runagainsthunger.org. Information: click here.

Citizenship Information Workshop in Manteca

Dec. 17 (Wednesday) 6:30 p.m.: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a free, two-hour information session at the Manteca Branch Library, 320 W. Center St., Manteca. The session is part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process, including the content of the naturalization test, and to become familiar with free educational resources and materials available from the agency. The public is invited, and USCIS officers will be on hand to provide information about eligibility and residency requirements, application forms, fees, the background security check and processing times. They will demonstrate the citizenship interview and answer questions about it. Participants will also see sample questions from the citizenship test and receive an overview of U.S. history and civic principles. Free educational materials will be handed out while supplies last. Information: (800) 375-5283 or www.uscis.gov.

Partners for Stroke Awareness & Progress: A Review and Preview

Dec. 23 (Tuesday) noon to 2 p.m.: This Healings in Motion program is held at Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. $10 donation includes healthy lunch. Stroke survivors, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, medical professionals are all invited. Information: www.healingsinmotion.org or (877) 672-4480.

Healthier Living in East Stockton

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 715 S. Windsor Ave., Stockton. To sign up for a future workshop, contact Joyce Williams at (209) 463-7889.

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. 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.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24 and 31): Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Nov. 27 and Dec. 25): For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Get in Shape with Free Zumba

Ditch the routine, join the party! Free Zumba fitness featuring licensed Zumba instructor Monique Solario. Program sponsored by the YMCA of San Joaquin County, Dignity Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes Family Zumba on Saturdays. Information: www.ymcasjc.org or contact Isela Robles at (209) 292-8468 or lrobles@ymcasjc.org. Classes will be held at the following sites:

  • Boggs Tract Community Center: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 533 S. Los Angeles St., Stockton.
  • Podesto Teen Impact Center: Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., 725 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.
  • Kennedy Community Center: Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 2800 S. D St., Stockton.
  • East Side Community Park: Family Zumba on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., corner of Delmar and Horner streets, Stockton.

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

Public Health WIC Moves to Aurora Street

San Joaquin County Public Health Services has moved its WIC Clinic — Women, Infants and Children — from North Hunter Street to 620 N. Aurora St., Suite 2, Stockton. It’s mailing address is P.O. Box 2009, Stockton, CA 95201-2009. Phone: (209) 468-3280. Fax: (209) 468-8573. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. See the flier here.

A Video That Gets Safety Message Across

A Hong Kong movie theater asks its patrons to leave their cell phones ON when they enter the movie. Using that, Volkswagen made an eye-opening ad. More than 1.5 million views in 3 days! Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy=3

$1.1 million San Joaquin Valley Health Fund launched

Center for Health Program Management logoCalifornia’s San Joaquin Valley is often referred to as the “food basket of the world” because of its rich soil and agricultural bounty. It also is home to several of the state’s fastest-growing cities and is faced with some of the state’s worst health and economic outcomes. Recognizing the valley’s regional challenges as well as its opportunities, the Center for Health Program Management today launched the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, with initial investments totaling $1.1 million from Sierra Health Foundation and The California Endowment. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund aims to make the region a healthier place to live, work and prosper by strengthening communities and organizations to advance programs and policy changes that promote community health and health equity for all. Working with local leaders and funding partners, the Health Fund focuses on issues that impact health and quality of life, such as clean drinking water, air quality and land use, as well as education, employment, housing and safety. Grant funds are available through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund for nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the following eight counties: Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare. Grant awards will be up to $20,000. Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2014, at noon. Information about the funding opportunity and application materials are available on the Center for Health Program Management web sitePlease e-mail us any questions. As part of the pilot for the Health Fund launch, three San Joaquin Valley nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $139,000 to support programs serving residents of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Kings counties: Catholic Charities of Stockton, Community Foundation of San Joaquin and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice.

Fact Sheet: Healthy Lifestyle for Low-Income Children

The Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health has just released a children’s fact sheet entitled Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle Among Low-Income Children: Key Findings from the 2011 California Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Practices Survey. It is available online at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cpns/Documents/ChildrensFactSheet2011.pdf.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Californians Propose Major Changes to Medicare

Care at the end of life is one of the most sensitive areas of discussion in health care today. When tasked with reconsidering Medicare, 97% of the 800 Californians who participated in a statewide project wanted to reduce Medicare coverage for extensive treatment at the end of life. They did, however, expect that quality palliative care and hospice be provided. These findings were part of the report of the California MedCHAT Collaborative project, sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Decisions, in partnership with LeadingAge California and 20 other nonprofit healthcare and senior services organizations.  MedCHAT was conducted using a computer-based simulation process where groups of 8-12 people spend 3 hours negotiating what the Medicare of the future should cover.  82 MedCHAT sessions were held in the past year in community, workplace, residential and educational settings.  This unique civic engagement activity asked participants to design the best Medicare coverage possible for everyone in the country, not just themselves or their families. More care, less technology when the end is near. There were 12 different categories of coverage in the MedCHAT discussion, yet end-of-life care was a particularly active subject according to Marge Ginsburg, CHCD’s executive director. “Participants had very strong feelings about this topic.  While individual choice is so important, these Californians did not want Medicare resources spent on care that they felt did more harm than good.” Medicare currently covers life-sustaining treatment and ICUs, even when the benefit to the patient is unlikely.   The vast majority of Californians would prefer to die at home but less than half do.[1] This preference combined with the high cost of medical interventions near the end of life convinced most MedCHAT participants that those dollars would be better spent elsewhere. Californians want long-term care. For 77 percent of MedCHAT players, “spent elsewhere” meant long-term care coverage in a facility or at home.  Contrary to what most people think, Medicare does not currently provide that type of coverage for those who are mentally or physically frail. This issue is especially relevant given the aging population which will add an additional 30 million beneficiaries to Medicare over the next 15 years. Other benefits and compromises. The results show other benefits that Californians want to add to Medicare – such as Dental, Vision and Hearing – but MedCHAT also requires compromises if new benefits are added.  82% of MedCHAT participants accepted the requirement that everyone would sign up with a provider network, foregoing the current option of going to any doctor or hospital they want.   They also put new coverage restrictions on treatments that were “low-value,” where the benefit to the patient was insufficient relative to the cost. This project has gained national interest.  On Sept. 19th, the American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution are co-hosting a briefing in DC. The final report is now available.

Covered California to Offer Expanded Family Dental Plans

Covered California is offering new family dental plans to consumers who enroll in health insurance coverage in 2015. Additionally, all individual health insurance plans sold through the Covered California exchange will include pediatric dental benefits for members younger than 19. “This is great news for families and children, because all children enrolled in Covered California will have dental coverage embedded in their comprehensive health plan,” Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said. “They will be getting better coverage and more for their money.” Additionally, Lee said, the family dental plan will offer adults the option of receiving dental coverage outside the general health plans at an additional cost. Some consumers also may be drawn to family dental plans if a provider they prefer for their child is not offered in their embedded coverage. The optional stand-alone family dental plans, which offer coverage for adults, will not be available at the beginning of open enrollment, which starts Nov. 15, but are planned to be added in early 2015. Covered California will offer both dental health maintenance organization (DHMO) and dental preferred provider organization (DPPO) plans, giving consumers a choice in the type of plan that will work best for them. There is no financial assistance available for the optional adult dental benefits. Lee emphasized that there is no requirement to enroll children in a family dental plan. The family dental plan is optional and is primarily intended to offer affordable dental coverage to adults that was not available in 2014. Families should consider that adding their children to a family dental plan will result in an extra cost for the same dental services they already receive in their standard health insurance plan. The most likely reason to enroll a child in the family dental plan is if a dental provider they prefer for their child is not offered through their embedded coverage. Covered California is notifying enrollees to explain the availability of pediatric dental benefits in its health insurance plans, as well as to explain the newly available family dental plans that include dental benefits for adults. A booklet containing more information about the new family dental plans is available by clicking here.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin Countyoffers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

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.

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.

$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.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

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.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

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 orSJCancerInfo@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.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.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 visitwww.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.orgor (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.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

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) 464-7369or www.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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Manteca police chief clarifies homeless issues

Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion sent out a statement late Monday (Nov. 17, 2014) regarding misinformation circulating in the community regarding two city codes addressing the issues of homelessness. Here’s his statement:

“Unfortunately, there has been a large amount of inaccurate information being disseminated about two Manteca Municipal Codes, which could affect homeless individuals within the City of Manteca. In order to clarify these inaccuracies, it should be known that there have been recent amendments to two Manteca Municipal Codes, “Urination and Defecation Prohibition” and “Homeless Encampment Ban.” The amendment to the “Urination and Defecation Prohibition” Municipal Code only transferred the prosecution of a current California state law from the San Joaquin County District Attorney to the City Attorney. The City Attorney prosecutes Manteca Municipal Code violations and is not as overburdened as the District Attorney. A side topic of the “Urination and Defecation Ban” was the closure of city-owned public restrooms. This information was inaccurate, as the closure related to one particular problematic restroom located at Library Park. This restroom was being used for drug sales, drug use and prostitution. It was a daily occurrence for members of the public and City Employees to find used syringes and used condoms on the ground in that restroom. Additionally, there is another restroom located at the Manteca Library, which is located within steps of the playground equipment. This restroom can be monitored more closely for illegal activity if needed. The “Homeless Encampment Ban” amendment only further defined an existing Manteca Municipal Code, which has been in place for several years. This Municipal Code does not prohibit an invited guest from “Camping” on private property (Manteca Municipal Code 12.20 – Camping), but does prohibit the intentional misuse of zoned residential and commercial property for the purpose of a Homeless Encampment. This was to prevent a “Tent City” from being created, which could lead to unhealthy or unsafe conditions or where the welfare of the public is affected. As Police Chief, I was previously directed by the Manteca City Council to look for solutions to our homeless issues. On October 29th, I hosted the City of Manteca’s first Homeless Summit. This Summit was a way to gather everyone who had concerns, questions or solutions for this issue. There were many people in attendance, including local residents, business owners, ministerial society members, resource groups as well as several homeless people. Prior to the Summit, other Manteca Police Officers and I personally visited several locations within the City and invited the homeless to attend. At the end of the Homeless Summit, it was decided to continue these meetings in order to come up with a plan for the best course of action for a long-term solution. There has already been movement with a local ministerial group to form a Resource Center for those less fortunate. The City is offering to partner with this group to assist in whatever way possible. Lastly, there has never been any mention of making it illegal to feed the homeless. This issue arose from prohibiting theft from garbage cans. Currently, personal information stolen from garbage cans sells on the street for $25.00 a bag. Identity theft can affect an individual for years, if not a lifetime. Also, in town, there is a food bank which provides more than 12 million pounds of food a year to Manteca and our neighboring communities. There are several food pantries available throughout the City of Manteca to provide the necessary nutritional foods to people in need. For any additional information please contact (209) 456-8139.”

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