Director of Public Health
Alvaro Garza, MD, MPH
1601 E. Hazelton Ave.
Stockton, CA 95205
PO Box 2009
Stockton, CA 95201-2009
(209) 468-3411 Phone
(209) 468-3823 Fax
Public Health Services, in partnership with the community, promotes a healthy future for San Joaquin County.
Public Health Highlights:
|Hot Weather and Your Health|
Summer is here and so is the hot weather. Heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable, if precautions are taken.
Visit our resource page for tips on being prepared and dealing with extremely hot weather. If there is a local heat emergency San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services website will have information and resources. For more information on a variety of issues related to this topic, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the National Weather Service. You can also sign up to receive free weather alerts on your phone or e-mails from www.weather.com/mobile. Additional Resources:
|Stay Healthy and Safe While Enjoying the Water!|
Swimming and other water-related activities are great ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Staying healthy and safe while you swim and play in the water means knowing how to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and injuries.
We all share the water we swim in, and we each can play an essential role in helping to protect ourselves, our families, and our friends from RWIs and injuries. Learn more by visiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website that covers Healthy Swimming and Recreational Water topics.
Additional Resources (downloadable brochures, posters, infographics, and fact sheets):
|West Nile Virus|
West Nile Virus is a seasonal health risk in California and San Joaquin County. Transmitted to humans by mosquito bite, the risk season generally runs from May through October. To find out more about how you can prevent West Nile Virus infection, please use this link: More Info (Informacion Sobre el Virus del Nilo Occidental)
Additional Resources: State of California Site for West Nile, Vector Control
|Vaccine Information for Parents|
|Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases can have on a child, a family, or community. Thanks to vaccines, many of these diseases are not common in the U.S., but they persist around the world. Immunizations are still the best way to protect children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. |
CDC recently launched a new website designed with input from parents of babies and toddlers. This site features easy-to-find vaccine information, including:Personal stories of vaccine preventable diseases can be found on the website: http://shotbyshot.org/
|Free Classes on Eating Smart and Being Active|
Public Health Services is offering FREE classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are open to all. No registration is required and drop-ins are welcome at any of the 7 classes. To see the full schedule and variety of topics, click here.
For more information, call 209-468-8637.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle". Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. Learn more by visiting, www.eatright.org.
NEOP-Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program - Eat Smart, Move More
15 Healthy Tips
|Black Infant Health Program|
Black babies die at more than three times the rate of other babies in all populations in the first year of life. They die because they are born too soon and too small. The mission of the Public Health Services Black Infant Health (BIH) program is to close the gap in infant mortality by helping women in the program have a healthy pregnancy. BIH empowers women to make healthy life choices for themselves and their families. We build on the strengths of our clients, we honor our unique history and traditions as people of African descent and we include information important to African American women.
To enroll in the BIH program women must be 18 years or older, 26 weeks or less pregnant, and identify as African American. For more information call 209-468-3004.
|Public Health Services Clinics' Locations and Schedules|
|For clinic locations and hours, please click here.|
|Obesity Prevention in San Joaquin County|
Is there a quick answer to the question, "what contributes to overweight and obesity?"According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a variety of factors that play a role in obesity. This makes it a complex health issue to address. Individual behavior, the physical environment, and genetic factors may all have an effect in causing people to be overweight and obese.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most widely used measurement for obesity. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height, and is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people. To calculate your BMI, and for more information, click here.
- For more information about causes of obesity and how to prevent/control it, click here.
|Community Health Status Report|
The report below examines data for various health indicators and provides discussion on the data and trends that are of particular significance for San Joaquin County Residents:
|Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program|
The Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was established to provide a voluntary medical marijuana identification card issuance and registry program for qualified patients and their caregivers.