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Public Health Highlights:

National Preparedness Month, September 2017:
Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. YOU CAN
West Nile Virus
Stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water! Prepare for Hot Weather and Protect Your Health
Prevent Heatstroke: Never Leave Your Baby Alone in a Car San Joaquin County Public Health Services Annual Report -2016
Affordable Care Act Impact - San Joaquin CountyZika Virus
More People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-CalMedical Marijuana Identification Card Program
National Preparedness Month, September 2017:
Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. YOU CAN!

It’s time to plan ahead! We are kicking off National Preparedness Month September 2017 by encouraging employees and the community to plan, prepare and be ready for all-hazards emergencies or disasters.

The Public Health Services Emergency Preparedness Program has information on what you should do to keep yourself, your family, pets and community members safe and ready to respond, click here

Each week during the month of September, this website will have preparedness tips that will help guide you in planning ahead and being prepared for an emergency or disaster.

Step Two: Emergency Preparedness with Children Step Three: Preparing for Your Pets makes Sense. Get Ready Now

We know that if you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your family and household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster. So, we encourage you to consider the likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, chemical release or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today.

If you are interested in learning more about Horse and Large Animal Disaster Response Planning, a Special Equine Emergency Event is scheduled, click here

Prepare For Emergencies Now: Information For Pet Owners
West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) infection can cause serious disease. WNV is a seasonal health risk in California and San Joaquin County that flares up with the warm weather in late spring or summer and continues into the fall.

Birds are carriers of West Nile Virus; a mosquito becomes infected by biting an infected bird. Infected mosquitos can spread the virus to humans, horses, and birds. The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

Additional Resources:

Residents are encouraged to report dead birds on the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) WNV website or by calling toll-free 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473).

Stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!

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"). Crypto can spread when someone swallows water that has been contaminated with the poop of an infected swimmer. Swimming and diarrhea don’t mix. Avoid swimming or letting children swim if sick with diarrhea.

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

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

Prepare for Hot Weather and Protect Your Health

Summer is here and so is the hot weather. Heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable, if precautions are taken

Visit our Extreme Heat and Your Health resource page for tips on being prepared and dealing with extreme heat. San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services has general information on the current situation. 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

Additional Resources:

Prevent Heatstroke: Never Leave Your Baby Alone in a Car

Babies and young kids can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there. It can also be tempting to leave a baby alone in a car while we quickly run into the store. The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. So far this year, more than 20 children across the US have died from heatstroke when children were alone in vehicles. These tragedies are completely preventable. Here’s how we can all work together to keep kids safe from heatstroke:

  • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
  • C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Additional Resources:

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.

Public Health Update: A Year of Public Health Practice, San Joaquin County , by Alvaro Garza, MD, MPH, San Joaquin County Health Officer, San Joaquin Physician Magazine, Summer 2017 edition.

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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