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Protect, promote and improve health and well-being for all who live, work, and play in San Joaquin County.

Public Health Highlights:

Be Aware of Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) in this AreaWest Nile Virus
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
Be Aware of Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) in this Area

Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis or "cocci" for short) is an infection caused by Coccidioides immitis, a fungus somewhat like yeast or mildew that lives in the soil of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. In California, "cocci" predominates in the San Joaquin Valley. Since 2014, San Joaquin County has seen significant increases in reported cases of Valley Fever each year. The highest rates in San Joaquin County are in the Tracy area.

Valley Fever is a respiratory disease that can be devastating. Learning about Valley Fever can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms early. The disease can be difficult to diagnose, especially if you are unaware of it. The best way to reduce the risk is to avoid breathing in dirt or dust in places where Valley Fever is common.

Keep Your Risk of Infection Low
When it is windy and the air is dusty, especially during dust storms:
  • Stay inside and keep windows and doors closed.
  • While driving, keep car windows shut and use “recirculating” air conditioning if available.
  • If you must be outdoors, consider wearing an N95 mask or respirator (available at drug and hardware stores).
When working or playing in areas with open dirt:
  • Wet down soil before disturbing it to reduce dust.
  • Consider wearing an N95 mask.

Additional Resources:

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).

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.

STOPP Smoking Program