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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 (The Network for a Healthy California), 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

The leading cause of severe injuries and death for children from birth to 12 years of age is automobile crashes. Most of the injuries and deaths are preventable by proper use of an appropriate child restraint system for the age and weight of the child.

Car seat safety classes are offered to educate parents and caregivers on the state law and the correct use of child safety seats. Classes and the Car Seat Fitting Inspection Station are conducted by a nationally Certified Passenger Safety Technician and are free to all residents of San Joaquin County. After completion of a class, the participants have the option of purchasing a child safety seat at a reduced cost.

To register for a class or for more information, call 209-468-8914 or 209-953-7309.

  • 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.

Schedules of Public Health Services Car Seat Safety Classes & Fitting Station (English, Spanish)

For a brochure with more information on the program, click here (English, Spanish)

Additional Resources:

California Buckle Up Laws for Parents and 5-Step Test for Booster Seat Readiness (English, Spanish)
CHP Child Safety Seats - Frequently Asked Questions
CDC Motor Vehicle Safety/Child Passenger Safety
Laws by State

Diabetes Peer Prevention Education Project (DiPPEP)

The DiPPEP pilot project will train 13 lay health educators on the basics of type 2 diabetes, nutrition, and physical activity. These educators, in turn, will recruit 130 participants and teach them how to lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by modifying their behavior and making healthier choices in their daily routines. The project uses the "Road to Health Curriculum" from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to train peer educators and participants. The curriculum targets Hispanics and African Americans who are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes; but, all ethnicities are welcome to participate. For more information call 209-468-2406.
This project is funded by grants from the agencies below:

Additional Resources:

To find out if you are at risk of developing diabetes click here (English).
Para determinar su riesgo de tener diabetes haga un clic aquí (Español).
For information on Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes in San Joaquin County visit

Mothers Invested in Baby/ Madres Invertidas en Bebe (MI Baby/ MI Bebe) Program

The MI Baby/MI Bebe Program is a First 5 San Joaquin funded project that offers support group classes for local mothers addressing childhood obesity prevention. Sessions are provided for FREE in English and Spanish. This program is open to new mothers and mothers with children age five and younger in San Joaquin County. Support group topics include healthy eating and active living tips.  Sessions offer a comfortable, supportive environment with a fun, interactive educational component. The MI Baby/MI Bebe Program is currently available in Stockton, French Camp, and Lodi. For more information on location and times, please call 209-468-8620 or 209-953-7309 (Se habla Español).

Nutrition and Physical Activity (The Network for a Healthy California)

This program, funded by the Network for a Healthy California, creates partnerships that empower low-income San Joaquin county residents to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases. Education and outreach is used to assist behavior change in homes, schools, worksites, and communities to create environments that support fruit and vegetable consumption and are conducive to an active, healthy lifestyle. For more information or to schedule a presentation, call 209-468-3368.

Additional Resources:

Network for a Healthy California Champions for Change
Rethink Your Drink :Sugary Drinks The Facts Add Up
Every Day Healthy Meal Recipes  (English/Spanish)
San Joaquin County Farmers’ Market List & Schedule (English/Spanish) pdf

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)

The STOPP Tobacco Control Program (TCP) works in partnership with the community to promote a tobacco-free San Joaquin County. This year, the three areas of focus are: 1) Healthy Retail Environment Activity, 2) Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing (MUH) Voluntary Policy, and 3) Coalition Partnership Engagement.

STOPP PROGRAM UPDATE (July 1 – September 30, 2013):

  1. Healthy Retail Environment Activity – From July 12 - September 12, 2013, there was an observational assessment of area stores that sell tobacco.
  2. Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing (MUH) Voluntary Policy – Program staff and community coalition members have discussed working with two multi-unit housing complexes in Stockton and Manteca to adopt a volunteer policy that will designate common indoor and outdoor areas as smoke-free zones. Program staff will conduct further research on the status of smoke-free policies at multi-unit housing complexes in both cities to help determine which complexes to initiate a discussion of the issue.
  3. Coalition Partnership Engagement – STOPP Program and Community Coalition discussed their commitment and strategies to expand partnerships with new diverse, non-Prop 99 funded organizations that support strategic tobacco-related policy, systems and environmental change activities. At the August coalition meeting, members were encouraged to bring new partners to future meetings. The September meeting had 2 new representatives in attendance.


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.


Quarterly STOPP Updates


Additional Resources:

Smoke-Free Movies Agency Resolution

English PSA's
Conversation (30 second PSA)
Danger (30 second PSA)
Spanish PSA
Mensajes Peligrosos en las Películas – (30 second Spanish PSA)

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

For the current Quit Smoking/Cessation Resource List, click here.

For a STOPP Membership Application, click here.

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