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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:

West Nile Virus Prepare for Hot Weather and Protect Your Health
Follow Food Safety Steps to Protect from Foodborne Illnesses! Stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!
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
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).


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 www.weather.com/mobile.

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Follow Food Safety Steps to Protect from Foodborne Illnesses!

This weekend, many families & friends will gather around a table or blanket to enjoy a feast. As you welcome summer, San Joaquin County Public Health Services reminds you that no recipe, whether it is meant for the kitchen or the grill, can be a success without including food safety steps. When temperatures are warm, bacteria thrive and can multiply quickly, which can unfortunately lead to severe illness. We urge you to take these necessary precautions to protect your family and friends from foodborne illness.

Stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!

The week before Memorial Day is “National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week” to focus on simple steps everyone can take to help ensure healthy and safe swimming. This year’s theme, "Diarrhea and Swimming Don’t Mix," encourages swimmers not to swim or let their kids swim if sick with diarrhea.

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"). Cryptosporidiosis is a caused by a parasite that can spread when someone swallows water that has been contaminated with the poop of an infected swimmer.

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 https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/steps-healthy-swimming.html

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

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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