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Public Health Services, in partnership with the community, promotes a healthy future for San Joaquin County.

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Stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water! Early Season Heat! - Tips to Keep Your Cool
San Joaquin County Public Health Services Annual Report -2016Affordable Care Act Impact - San Joaquin County
Zika VirusMore People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-Cal
Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program
Stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!

The week before Memorial Day is “National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week” to focus on simple steps everyone can take to help ensure healthy and safe swimming. This year’s theme, "Diarrhea and Swimming Don’t Mix," encourages swimmers not to swim or let their kids swim if sick with diarrhea.

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 germs such as Cryptosporidium, a diarrheal disease caused by parasites not visible to the eye (both the disease and the parasite are commonly known as "Crypto"). Cryptosporidiosis is a caused by a parasite that can spread when someone swallows water that has been contaminated with the poop of an infected swimmer.

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 and injuries. For more information and other healthy and safe swimming steps, visit https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/steps-healthy-swimming.html

Additional Resources (downloadable brochures, posters, infographics, and fact sheets):


Early Season Heat! - Tips to Keep Your Cool

What To Do

  • Plan to drink more water than usual
  • Plan to dress for heat
  • Plan to reduce time in the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM
  • Have a plan to help you, your family and your pets stay cool
  • Click the image or click here to see more information.

    Tips to Keep Your Cool


San Joaquin County Public Health Services Annual Report -2016

Public Health Services (PHS) works to protect the public's health and promote a healthy future for all residents. The just released Annual Report for 2016 provides a snapshot of the work and services provided this past year. It reviews selected data and program information, highlights some successes and challenges, and mentions a few of the main issues to address during 2017.

To read the full Annual Report, click here.

For additional data reports, click here.

For PHS programs and services, click here.

Affordable Care Act Impact - San Joaquin County

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically increased the revenue from Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), significantly lowered County costs, and expanded access to patients seeking services within the County health care system. Medicaid now provides health care coverage to 40% of San Joaquin County residents, nearly 300,000 individuals (2016 County population: 733,383). Of these enrollees, 73,773 became newly eligible under ACA Medicaid Expansion.

For San Joaquin General Hospital, San Joaquin County Clinics (the County Federally Qualified Health Centers -Look Alike) and San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services, the Medicaid Expansion (MCE) to childless adults has been the most significant and positive change of the ACA. This population had previously been uninsured and considered indigent under California statute. This population is typically very low income (under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level), homeless or housing insecure, and disconnected from preventive services or the health care system, accessing it only episodically - and most expensively – in hospital emergency departments, crisis mental health units, or in jail.

The expanded health care delivery infrastructure and population served by MCE is most in jeopardy with any repeal or (unknown) replacement of the ACA. If federal payments for this optional expansion are repealed and California ends or curtails this program, these enrollees would once again become uninsured.

Please see the following three documents which outline the impacts of the potential repeal of the ACA:


Zika Virus

Current CDC Zika Virus Updates

Click on the links below for specific topics regarding the Zika Virus:

Zika Virus

Zika & Travel

Zika Virus Prevention Information

Zika & Pregnant Women

For more information on Zika virus disease and other mosquito-borne illnesses:

More People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-Cal

Access to healthcare coverage has changed. Now with Expanded Medi-Cal more people are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage.

  • Income limits have been increased
  • Asset test has been removed
  • Anyone can apply (you don't need to be pregnant, have children, or be disabled to qualify)
Click here for more information in English and Spanish.

Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program

Image of Medical Marijuana ID CardThe Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was established to provide a voluntary medical marijuana identification card issuance and registry program for qualified patients and their caregivers.

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