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, Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) Program, Public Information and Communication, 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.

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

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 Finder Tool
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)
  Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Safe Kids (English | Spanish)
 Parent Tip Card (English/Spanish)
 Medication Safety Infographic
 Medication Safety Checklist
 Medication Schedule
 Medication Collection Locations

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

Nutrition and Physical Activity (NEOP-Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention-Eat Smart, Move More)

Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed through the California Department of Public Health-NEOP Branch, this program creates partnerships that empower low-income San Joaquin County residents to increase access to and consumption of healthy foods and beverages, physical activity, and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and related chronic diseases. Education, outreach, and policy, systems, and environmental interventions are used to assist behavior change in homes, schools, worksites, and communities to create environments that are conducive to an active, healthy lifestyle. For more information or to schedule a presentation, call 209-468-8637.

Older Adult Mobility Project

As part of the Injury Prevention Program, the Older Adult Mobility project’s goal is to improve physical activity, strength, and balance among older adults throughout the county. Public Health Services coordinates evidence-based programs, including A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi for Arthritis, and Walk With Ease. In addition, Public Health Services is working closely with the local Department on Aging to promoting older adult pedestrian safety throughout the county. For more information, contact (209)468-8620.

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.

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 2017-2021, STOPP will work on five focus areas to promote a tobacco-free San Joaquin County:

  1. Healthier Stores for Our Community
  2. Tobacco-Free Campus for Our Students
  3. Community Engagement
  4. Protecting Our Future
  5. Resources for Current Smokers Who Want to Quit

To view more program details and activities, Click here

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.

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