Car crashes are the leading cause of severe injury and death for children from birth to 8 years of age. Most of
these injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of an appropriate child restraint system (car seat or booster) for the age, height, and weight of the child.
Not sure your car seat is installed correctly? Have questions about the right seat for your child? Get your car seat checked at our fitting station.
Car seat check-ups are offered by appointment only on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Public Health Services’ fitting station. At the fitting station, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help parents and caregivers install their car seats and booster seats correctly and provide one-on-one education on car seat use.
FREE Car Seat Check-ups
By Appointment Only
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
420 S. Wilson Way
Stockton, CA 95205
Call 209-468-8914 for an appointment
The Injury Prevention Program addresses both intentional and unintentional injury from birth to old age. As the lead agency in the Safe Kids San Joaquin County coalition, Public Health Servicesï¿½ Injury Program coordinates activities and trainings around safe sleep, medication safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, drowning prevention, and child passenger safety. Older adult pedestrian safety is promoted through workshops and community walkability audits. The Injury Prevention Program also supports interagency efforts to reduce violence in the community. For more information on injury prevention or to join Safe Kids San Joaquin County, call 209-468-2699.
The Lifetime of Wellness (Lifetime) is a comprehensive initiative designed to address the complex relationships between the environment, human behavior and medical care that most influence health. This program includes 15 distinct strategies that when combined, provide a foundation for decreasing the overall prevalence of chronic diseases with a specific focus on diabetes and hypertension among San Joaquin County residents. Some of these strategies include:
increasing access to healthy foods,
walking and bicycling through community design,
access and availability to lifestyle intervention programs, and,
improving healthcare and outreach referrals through improved use of electronic health records.
San Joaquin is one of six counties selected by the California Department of Public Health to implement the four-year Lifetime of Wellness Initiative, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, call 209-953-7309.
Nutrition and Physical Activity (NEOP-Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention-Eat Smart, Move More)
Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed through the California Department of Public Health-NEOP Branch, this program creates partnerships that empower low-income San Joaquin County residents to increase access to and consumption of healthy foods and beverages, physical activity, and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and related chronic diseases. Education, outreach, and policy, systems, and environmental interventions are used to assist behavior change in homes, schools, worksites, and communities to create environments that are conducive to an active, healthy lifestyle. For more information or to schedule a presentation, call 209-468-8637.
As part of the Injury Prevention Program, the Older Adult Mobility project’s goal is to improve physical activity, strength, and balance among older adults throughout the county.
Public Health Services coordinates evidence-based programs, including A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi for Arthritis, and Walk With Ease. In addition, Public Health Services is working closely with the
local Department on Aging to promoting older adult pedestrian safety throughout the county. For more information, contact (209)468-8620.
Oral Health Program
In partnership with the San Joaquin Treatment & Education for Everyone on Health and Teeth (SJ TEETH) Coalition, San Joaquin County’s new Local Oral Health Program has recently been established to
improve dental health for everyone throughout the County, with a special focus on reaching the County’s most vulnerable and underserved communities. In our first year, we are developing a 5-Year Oral
Health Strategic plan, developed in partnership with local stakeholders and community organizations. This plan will build onto the framework of SJ TEETH’s Dental Transformation Initiative.
Public Information and Communication
This section is responsible for developing and coordinating communication and outreach strategies from Public Health Services to the community on issues that impact the public’s health. These activities increase the community’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health concerns and risks, including emergencies. Information is disseminated to the community through health advisories, health alerts, news releases, bulletins, updates, media activities such as interviews and press conferences, website postings, recorded message lines, community and leadership forums/trainings, educational materials, community health fairs, and presentations at community centers and community events. For more information, call 209-468-3571.
For current news releases or health advisories, click here.
Smoking & Tobacco Outreach/Prevention Program (STOPP)
STOPP works in partnership with the community to promote a tobacco-free San Joaquin County. As a Local Lead Agency for the California Department of Public Healthï¿½s California Tobacco Control Program, STOPP receives funds from Proposition 99, the California Tobacco Tax and Health Promotion Act of 1988. The three focus areas for fiscal years 2014-2017 are as follows:
STOPP will work with San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) to adopt a 100% smoke-free transit policy to prohibit smoking at all of its bus transit stops in the County. Second-hand smoke in this area poses adverse health issues to vulnerable populations including, pregnant women, youth, and older adults, as well as low-income workers.
In collaboration with county alcohol prevention and nutrition education partners, STOPP will promote community health by encouraging retailers to offer healthier options in store and reduce unhealthy signage. STOPP will encourage city of Stockton to adopt a sign policy to reduce window advertising by reducing the coverage of store windows with any type of advertising to no more that 15% of window space in the stores.
STOPP staff and/or coalition members will participate in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process, and seek to facilitate the inclusion of 1-3 indicators of social determinants of health and/or prevention and reduction of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke including but not limited to: 1) physical improvements in housing, 2) environmental improvements, 3) leadership development and training for community members, 4) coalition building, 5) community health improvement advocacy, and/or 6) workforce development.
JOIN THE STOPP COMMUNITY COALITION:
The STOPP Community Coalition is open to the public and meets the 4th Monday in January and the 3rd Monday in March, May, August, September, and November from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Public Health Services, 1601 E Hazelton Avenue (Board Room). STOPP Coalition membership is open to anyone age 18 and older. For more information or to sign up, call 209-953-7309.