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Community Health Promotion & Prevention


Who We Are:

We are part of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Our mission is to promote health and to prevent disease and injury in San Francisco. While a spectrum of prevention programs exists throughout the Department and within our Branch, we are modeling an approach to prevention that changes the societal context in which disease and injury occur (called the "environmental" approach). To be effective, this approach depends upon the active involvement of the community. We also provide ongoing consultation, program planning, professional development, organizational development and mentoring, and our focus is always primary, community based prevention.

Our staff consists of supervisory senior health educators, M.P.H.-level health educators, B.A.-level assistant health educators and senior planners. All have years of community service. To complement our health education and planning staff we also employ health workers, an epidemiologist, a clinical consultant, and seasoned secretarial staff.

Our Community Health Education Section (CHES) constitutes the main part of the Community Health Promotion & Prevention Branch. CHES staff embrace the mission of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, most clearly articulated in the 2002 Strategic Plan, Goal 2, "Promote Health and Prevent Disease and Injury." CHES focuses on primary prevention, emphasizing strategies, alliances, and interventions that change the physical and socioeconomic environment in which we live. CHES approaches, theories, and practice are grounded in the core public health functions of prevention and social justice, and involve residents in the diagnosis of problems, assessment of strengths and resources, and the implementation of solutions.

30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 2300
San Francisco, California 94102
Tel: 415-581-2400, Fax: 415-581-2490