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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Fact Sheet

The San Francisco Department of Public Health strongly endorses the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on provision of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for at-risk HIV-uninfected populations. Click on the links below for more information about PrEP:





Privacy Breach Affects San Francisco Department of Public Health Patients. LEARN MORE

UPDATE 5/9/14: The total number of affected patients is 37,193

This Letter will be sent to all affected patients. LEARN MORE

What's New? - Transgender Health Services

Building on its commitment to responsive care for transsexual, transgender, and gender
non-conforming individuals in San Francisco, the Department of Public Health would like to
announce a new program to provide transgender surgeries for uninsured adult residents of
San Francisco.


California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) 2013 Compliance Statement and Healthcare Compliance Report

In accordance with its Development Agreement, CPMC has submitted its 2013 Compliance Statement and Healthcare Compliance Report for review by the City and County of San Francisco.


Health Commission

The Health Commission holds two committee meetings in addition to its twice-a-month regular meeting. These two meetings are the Finance & Planning Committee and the Community & Public Health Committee. Others are Joint conference Committees for San Francisco General Hospital & Laguna Honda Hospital.


Video of the full Health Commission meetings can be found on SFGovTV.

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New Health Insurance Options Under the Affordable Care Act

On January 1, 2014, new health benefits made available by the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went into effect. This means many San Franciscans will have new health care coverage options.


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Pregnant Women Need Pertussis Vaccine!

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a very contagious disease, caused by bacteria. People of all ages can get whooping cough but babies are most in danger of having problems from it.

All pregnant women should get a pertussis vaccine, called Tdap during each pregnancy. Tdap vaccine is safe for you and your baby. Some of the protection you get from Tdap during pregnancy passes to your baby. This will help protect your baby until he or she is old enough to get the first whooping cough vaccine at 2 months of age.  If you are pregnant, talk with your medical provider about pertussis vaccine.


Education and Training

Training is integral to all aspects of public health practice. The San Francisco Department of Public Health provides and sponsors trainings and continuing education for staff, community partners, and the public.

The Community Programs Training Unit and the Health Education Training Center now offer online registration.


San Francisco's Community Health Improvement Plan

As a result of a comprehensive community health assessment, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and its community partners have created the San Francisco Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). San Francisco's CHIP is a 3 to 5 year action-oriented plan outlining three priority health issues for the city:

  • Ensure Safe + Healthy Living Environments
  • Increase Healthy Eating + Physical Activity
  • Increase Access to High Quality Health Care + Services

The CHIP includes goals and objectives for each priority, as well as strategies and measures to improve community health.


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