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: Child Passenger Safety Program, Injury Prevention Program, Local Oral Health Program, Opioid Safety Coalition, CalFresh Healthy Living Program, Public Information and Communication, Smoking & Tobacco Outreach/Prevention Program (STOPP) and the Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR).

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.

Child Passenger Safety Program

Car crashes are the leading cause of severe injury and death for children from birth to 8 years of age. Most of these injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of an appropriate child restraint system (car seat or booster) for the age, height, and weight of the child.

Not sure your car seat is installed correctly? Have questions about the right seat for your child? Get your car seat checked at our fitting station.

Car seat check-ups are offered by appointment only on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Public Health Services’ fitting station. At the fitting station, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help parents and caregivers install their car seats and booster seats correctly and provide one-on-one education on car seat use.

FREE Car Seat Check-ups

By Appointment Only
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
420 S. Wilson Way
Stockton, CA 95205
Call 209-468-8914 for an appointment

Other Car Seat Check-Up Locations in San Joaquin County
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Additional Resources:

PHS Child Passenger Safety Program Brochure ( English | Spanish)
CDPH California Child Passenger Safety Laws Brochure( English | Spanish)
2017 New Child Passenger Safety Law Poster( English | Spanish)
CHP Child Safety Seats ‐ Frequently Asked Questions
NHTSA Car Seat Recall List
Safe Kids Worldwide Car Seat Tips

Injury Prevention Program

The Injury Prevention Program addresses both intentional and unintentional injury from birth to old age. As the lead agency in the Safe Kids San Joaquin County coalition, Public Health Services Injury Program coordinates activities and trainings around safe sleep, medication safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, drowning prevention, and child passenger safety. Older adult pedestrian safety is promoted through workshops and community walkability audits. The Injury Prevention Program also supports interagency efforts to reduce violence in the community. For more information on injury prevention or to join Safe Kids San Joaquin County, call 209-468-2699.

Additional Resources:
Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Sleep:
  Safe Sleep San Joaquin Toolkit Webinar
  Safe Sleep San Joaquin Brochure (English | Spanish)
  Safe Sleep Poster (English | Spanish)
  Information for Grandparents (English | Spanish)
  Frequently Asked Questions (English | Spanish)
  Safe Sleep San Joaquin Parent Presentation (English | Spanish)
  MCAH Referral Form (English)
  Presentation Tracking Form (English)
American Academy of Pediatrics ‐ How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe
Summer Safety (Drowning Prevention, Heatstroke, Bike Safety):
  Parent Presentation (English | Spanish)
Medication Safety:
  Parent Presentation (English | Spanish)
  Presenter Script (English | Spanish)
Parent Tip Card (English/Spanish)
Medication Safety Infographic
Medication Safety Checklist
Medication Schedule
Medication Collection Locations

San Joaquin County Opioid Safety Coalition

Since 2018, the San Joaquin County Opioid Safety Coalition has taken a population-based approach to addressing the opioid crisis. This includes focusing on the reduction of overdose deaths, access to Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder, over-prescription of opioids, and the need to raise awareness of the opioid problem among the public and potential stakeholders. The Coalition currently has about 50 active members and includes care providers, pharmacists, and stakeholders representing health systems and health plans, behavioral health and public health, law enforcement and first responders, academic institutions and educators, policy makers, and youth and families, especially those who have been directly impacted by opioid use disorder. There are three established action teams: Education and Outreach, Prescriber and Pharmacy Education, and Overdose Prevention and Treatment. Coalition meetings are held every other month and membership is open to all interested parties.

For more information and resource from the San Joaquin County Opioid Safety Coalition, click here

Local Oral Health Program

The San Joaquin Local Oral Health Program (LOHP) provides evidence-based activities that support the state oral health plan and works with community partners to build capacity for children’s oral health education, prevention, linkage to treatment, surveillance, and case management services in the community. The LOHP works in partnership with the San Joaquin Treatment + Education for Everyone on Teeth + Health (SJ TEETH) Collaborative.

For more information and resource from the LOHP, click here

San Joaquin County CalFresh Healthy Living Program

Our CalFresh Healthy Living Program is funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), through the California Department of Public Health. SNAP-Ed is the largest nutrition education program in the U.S.

More than one-third of California residents are eligible for CalFresh Healthy Living, critical resources to lead a healthier life and provides opportunities to enjoy more fresh produce.

For more information or to schedule a presentation, call 209-468-8637.

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Smoking & Tobacco Outreach/Prevention Program (STOPP)

STOPP works in partnership with the community to promote a healthy and tobacco-free San Joaquin County for all those who live, work, and play in our communities.

From 2022-2025, STOPP will work on five focus areas to promote a tobacco-free San Joaquin County:

  1. Reduce the Availability of Tobacco
  2. Community Engagement
  3. Reduce Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, Tobacco Smoke Residue, Tobacco Waste, and Other Tobacco Products
  4. Policy Cessation Support
  5. Execute Communication Plan

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Tobacco Law Enforcement Program

The Tobacco Law Enforcement Program is a collaboration between San Joaquin County Public Health Services and Stockton Police Department with the goal of reducing violations of the “Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act” or STAKE Act that prohibits the sales of tobacco products to persons under 21.

The program aims to reduce youth access to tobacco products in their local neighborhoods, and to reduce the influence of tobacco marketing and advertising practices through education of both retailers and the community.

This project is part of the State of California Department of Justice Tobacco Grant Program, funded by the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016.

NOTE: On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under 21, with no exemption for military personnel. The California Tobacco Control Branch will be updating the materials available on their web page in the near future to reflect the change in federal law.

Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR)

Need assistance being connected to FREE resources and services? Our community health workers (CHW) are here to help! Call 209-468-2243, leave a voicemail, and a CHW will contact you within 2-4 business days to enroll you into the program.

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Additional Resources:

  • A retailer education packet outlining roles and responsibilities related to the sale of tobacco products can be found and downloaded here: SPD Retailer Education Packet 
  • For more information on the STAKE Act, visit: STAKE Program
  • Additional free materials are available at Tobacco 21