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Health Plan of San Joaquin Expands into Stanislaus County

Health Plan of San Joaquin Expands into Stanislaus County

HPSJ, one of the leading providers of managed care services in San Joaquin County, has opened offices in Stanislaus County, hiring approximately 25 new staff.

"Our focus has broadened regionally in order to ease the transition of the Healthy Families program into Medi-Cal," says Shani Richards, Community and Legislative Affairs Liaison.

Richards say HPSJ submitted a bid to supply services to the County and was awarded the contract this fall.

Health Plan of San Joaquin, with nearly 200 employees, is a local health plan located in the heart of the Central Valley. It provides access to high quality cost-effective health care to over 115,000 people - serving families in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties.

Healthy Families is a low cost insurance plan for children and teens that offers members health, dental and vision coverage. Healthy Families is available for families who do not qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal.

The City of Ripon to host Hospice of San Joaquin’s Tree of Lights for the first time in 2012

The City of Ripon to host Hospice of San Joaquin’s  Tree of Lights for the first time in 2012

The 2012 holiday season will kick-off as hundreds of families will join together to light-up the Hospice of San Joaquin’s Trees of Lights throughout San Joaquin County.  “This year we are happy to announce Hospice of San Joaquin and the City of Ripon have partnered to establish a Tree of Lights at the jewel city of the State of California,” noted Gene Acevedo, Community Outreach Director Hospice of San Joaquin, “Hospice of San Joaquin has been serving the Ripon community for 22-years.  We are honored to contribute to the traditions enjoyed by Ripon’s Citizens.  Lighting the Tree of Lights will become an annual ritual that announces to opening of Ripon’s holiday season.”

“Tree of Lights offers our community an opportunity to memorialize a loved one no longer with us, or to honor a that person who holds a special place in your heart,” explained Stephen Guasco, Hospice of San Joaquin’s Chief Executive Officer.

Check Before You Burn begins 10th season

Check Before You Burn begins 10th season

Annual fireplace program keeps winter air cleaner

The 10th season of an important wintertime pollution-reduction program begins Thurs., Nov. 1.

Because of Valley residents’ ongoing efforts and understanding of the importance of changing long-ingrained habits in ways that reduce emissions, Check Before You Burn has resulted in historically clean wintertime air quality in the Valley over the past several years. The wood-burning curtailment program is critical in minimizing levels of harmful particulate matter (PM) in the eight-county air basin.

“Thanks to the public’s support and cooperation, this rule is the single most-effective, lowest-cost regulation on record in the Valley,” said Seyed Sadredin, the District’s executive director and air pollution control officer. “It is absolutely imperative to improved air quality.”

Register for the 8th annual Run and Walk Against Hunger

Register for the 8th annual Run and Walk Against Hunger

 

The 8th annual Run and Walk Against Hunger, Thanksgiving morning, November 22 is expected to draw 4,000 participants to the Stockton Ports Baseball Park, Fremont and Lincoln Streets in downtown Stockton.

Kaiser Permanente announces commitment to healthier food

Kaiser Permanente announces commitment to healthier food

Kaiser Permanente announced Saturday it has signed a commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America to improve food offerings in its 37 hospitals, including facilities in Stockton, Modesto, Tracy and Manteca.

"As a health care organization, we have an obligation to provide the healthiest food possible in order to promote the total health of our members and our workforce," said Bernard Tyson, Kaiser Permanente's president and chief operating officer. "Problems like obesity and diabetes require us to redouble our efforts to make the healthy choice the easy, affordable and convenient choice. And health care organizations need to lead the way."

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Seasonal flu vaccine clinics

Seasonal flu vaccine clinics

Source: San Joaquin County Public Health Services

Unusual conditions prompt new Air Alert

Unusual conditions prompt new Air Alert

High temps, emissions push ozone levels up

Unusual late-season high temperatures and stagnant atmospheric conditions, combined with vehicle emissions, have prompted local air officials to declare the second Air Alert of the year, Saturday through Wednesday.

Air Alerts are declared Valley-wide when conditions are favorable for ozone levels to exceed the federal 1-hour ozone standard unless action is taken to prevent them from increasing.

“Thanks to the public’s understanding of this issue and their efforts to reduce emissions, we’ve had a good summer so far, and we’re on track for the first August and September ever with no one-hour ozone exceedances,” said Seyed Sadredin, the Air District’s executive director and air pollution control officer. “But we’re facing abnormal conditions this week and it’s critical to minimize our emissions.”