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Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit

The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit works to improve the public’s health through the following programs/services: Breastfeeding Initiative, Child Passenger Safety Program, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Public Information and Communication, Obesity Prevention Program, and the Smoking & Tobacco Outreach/Prevention Program (STOPP).
These programs are located at 420 South Wilson Way, Stockton, CA 95205. Each program has a direct contact phone number listed; however, the general office phone number is 209-953-7309 or 209-468-8637 and the fax number is 209-468-2072.

Breastfeeding Initiative

Funded by First 5 San Joaquin, the Public Health Breastfeeding Initiative assists San Joaquin County’s hospitals with the adoption and implementation of the California Department of Public Health’s Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policies and the certification as UNICEF/WHO Baby-Friendly hospitals. Its goal is to increase the number of San Joaquin County infants who are breastfed through training of hospital staff and improved hospital practices and policies. All six maternity hospitals in San Joaquin County (Dameron Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Manteca, Lodi Memorial Hospital, San Joaquin General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital) collaborate in the project. For more information, call 209-468-3267.

For the Breastfeeding Coalition website, click here

Child Passenger Safety Program

Car crashes are the leading cause of severe injuries and death for children from birth to 12 years of age. Most of the injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of an appropriate child restraint system (car seat or seat belt) for the age and weight of the child.

Car seat safety classes are offered at Public Health Services (PHS) to educate parents and caregivers on the law and the correct use of child safety seats. After finishing a class, participants can buy a car seat at a reduced price and are encouraged to attend the PHS fitting station. The car seat fitting station is available once a week to help parents and caregivers install their car seats. Parents and caregivers are asked to register for the car seat safety class, and to make an appointment for the fitting station.

FREE Car Seat Safety Classes

  • The English speaking classes are held every Wednesday at 11:00 am or 1:30 pm at 420 South Wilson Way, Stockton, CA 95205.
  • The Spanish speaking class is conducted on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:30 pm at 1601 E. Hazelton Ave. Stockton, CA 95205.
  • Registration recommended. Please call (209) 468-8914 or (209) 468-8637.

FREE Car Seat Fitting Station

  • The car seat fitting station is held every Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Clinic Parking Lot of Public Health Services, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton, CA 95205.
  • Appointments recommended. Please call (209) 468-8914 or (209) 468-8637.
Additional Resources:

PHS Child Passenger Safety Program Brochure (English, Spanish)
CDPH California Child Passenger Safety Laws Brochure
5-Step Test for Booster Seat Readiness and California Buckle Up Laws (English | Spanish)
NHTSA 4 Steps of Child Passenger Safety
California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Car Seat Basics, Choosing and Using a Car Seat
CHP Child Safety Seats – Frequently Asked Questions
NHTSA Car Seat Finder Tool
NHTSA Car Seat Recall List
NHTSA – Backovers
NHTSA – Heatstroke
Safe Kids Worldwide Car Seat Tips

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.

Additional Resources:

Champions for Change
Every Day Healthy Meal Recipes (English/Spanish)
 Rethink Your Drink: Learning the Facts (English/Spanish)
 San Joaquin County Farmers Markets List & Schedule (English/Spanish)

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.

Senior Nutrition Education Program (S.N.E.P.)

The Senior Nutrition Education Program (SNEP) is a series of hands-on, interactive nutrition education classes aimed at reducing malnutrition of this vulnerable population, particularly low-income seniors who are at higher risk for chronic diseases related to nutritional imbalances.  S.N.E.P. is designed to address the unique nutritional needs of older adults.  Classes are held at community and senior centers.
For more information, call 209-468-3278.


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 Health’s 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:

Objective 1:
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.

Objective 2:
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.

Objective 3:
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.


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.

For a STOPP Membership Application, click here.

Additional Resources:

 For the STOPP Smoking Helpline, call (800) 540-6775

 Current Quit Smoking/Cessation Resource List.

 Smoke-Free Movies Agency Resolution.

English PSAs
Do You Know What's Really in Cigarettes?
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Second-hand smoke
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 (30 second PSA)
Danger (30 second PSA)
Spanish PSA
Mensajes Peligrosos en las Películas (30 second Spanish PSA)

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