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Health Plan of San Joaquin awards $17,304 to Mommy & Me Program

Health Plan of San Joaquin awards $17,304 to Mommy & Me Program

STOCKTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, Jeff Slater, Grants Administrator for Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ), was on hand to present a check to the Board of Trustees for the Mommy & Me Program, one of 14 non-profit community organizations that were awarded grants totaling more than $260,000 from HPSJ’s Community Wellness Funding Program.

'Knowledge is Power' child care training Feb. 19

'Knowledge is Power' child care training Feb. 19

STOCKTON - Parents, child care providers, and children’s advocates from five counties will gather in at the Family Resource and Referral Center, 509 West Weber Avenue, on Saturday, Feb. 19 to participate in the Knowledge Is Power training.

Knowledge is Power will be facilitated by Parent Voices Statewide and focus on empowering participants to advocate in response to proposed budget cuts. The training will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hospice of San Joaquin to hold volunteer training program meeting

Hospice of San Joaquin to hold volunteer training program meeting

STOCKTON - Hospice of San Joaquin will open its doors to the community for an informational meeting regarding its free volunteer training program, on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The volunteer training program offers participants an opportunity to learn about the history of hospice care, including philosophy, the team concept in end-of-life care and understanding grief as a result of a lost of a loved one.

"Hospice of San Joaquin is hosting a community information meeting on volunteering in response to our community interest in hospice care," shared volunteer coordinator Becky Freeman.

The hospice administration building is located at 3888 Pacific Avenue. For more information or to register for the event, call Freeman at (209) 957-3888.

St. Joseph's Medical Center welcomes new doctor

St. Joseph's Medical Center welcomes new doctor

STOCKTON - St. Joseph’s Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Sahdev Saharn, MD, FACR, CCD, to the hospital medical staff. Saharn comes to the Stockton area with specific training in the treatment of arthritis and various autoimmune diseases.

Most recently, Saharan completed a fellowship and gained further work experience at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS. He obtained his medical degree at Pandit B.D.Sharma PGIMS in Rohtak, India and completed his Residency at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, NE. He has also participated in research specific to his specialty at Stanford University.

“Healing is an art and compassion is the most important tool to help a physician complete this art,” said Saharan. “Patient centered care is my motto and I am ready to run my practice with a great deal of hard work and knowledge.

Free dental health clinic offered to low-income children

Free dental health clinic offered to low-income children

STOCKTON - A free "Give Kids a Smile" dental clinic for disadvantaged children will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m at University of the Pacific's Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center, located at 757 Brookside Road (north of the Calaveras River).

The event, hosted by the San Joaquin Dental Society and UOP, will offer dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays and emergency treatments for children up to age 17. All services will be free and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in four childen, aged 2 to 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth," said Dr. Edward Graham, a Stockton dentist. "This is no surprise to most area dentists.

"America Back to Work" tour to stop in Stockton

STOCKTON - The "America Back to Work" national tour will visit the Stockton Big Valley Black Expo on March 5 and 6 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The job fair is free and open to the public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The tour, a national effort to bring employment opportunities to Americans, will provide hands-on information, resources, interviews and advice to job seekers and employers.

The annual expo will also feature dozens of companies and experts available to help residents learn how to purchase a home, how to obtain a loan modification, find out what banks have to offer and even speak directly with legal authorities.

Workshops offering information on how to live a healthier lifestyly

For more information and to register a company's participation, call (209) 545-1249.

Mexican Heritage Center hosts 'Soul Healing: Curanderismo'

STOCKTON - Did you know an apple a day will prevent heart burn? Or that a single piece of clove may numb a toothache? The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery is proud to present "Soul Healing: Curanderismo," an event providing information on herbal cleansing and natural healing, at 5:30 p.m. at the center located at 30 East Acacia Street. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Curanderismo derives from the Spanish word "curar," which means to heal. It is a magical knowledge and wisdom of a folk healing practice that views life as a whole -- mind, body and soul.

"The three connected is what creates life," said Ana Maria, who will faciliate the event and discuss her ancestral practice.

Maria is a local resident, born in Fresno, from Purepecha native ancestry, a tribe of Mexico and one of the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica.