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The mission of the SF Department of Public Health is to protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans

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The SF Department of Public Health is made up of the combined strength of Population Health and the SF Health Network

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The San Francisco Health Network is the city's only complete system of care

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UCSF physicians provide specialty, hospital, trauma care and teaching expertise

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Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center is currently being rebuilt and will feature: 90% private rooms, advanced technologies to support care deliveries, green building for reduced water and energy use and more

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Laguna Honda is one of the most modern skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in the country

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We offer urgent care in many locations across the city

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Flu Season Off to an Early Start Nationwide

The United States has seen a significant increase with influenza A (H3N2) activity over recent weeks during this year's flu season, and cases in San Francisco are on the rise.

The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to get a flu shot and do what you can to prevent getting sick or spreading illness.

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly
  • Stay home when you are sick

Your doctor's office or primary care clinic is the best and least expensive place to get vaccinated. Flu shots are also offered at pharmacies on a walk-in basis for a fee. Use the Health Map Vaccine Finder to find a flu shot near you.

For more information about the flu, visit

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

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:






Cannabis is legal in San Francisco as of January 6, 2018:


Safe Consumption of Cannabis Products: Facts & Your Health

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"As San Francisco implements legal adult-use cannabis, we look forward to the benefits to consumers, who will be able to know that they are buying products that are regulated and tested for quality and safety. We anticipate working together with retailers to ensure that consumers are given information about the safe consumption of the products, so that the transition goes smoothly and successfully for everyone."


-Director of Public Health Barbara Garcia

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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Recent DPH Files and Reports

DPH Annual Report FY 2016-2017

Fiscal Year 2015 Charity Care Report

San Francisco Mental Health Plan – Private Practitioner Provider Network

ZSFG Campus Map

MHSA Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report

Avatar Documentation

CBHS Provider Directory

Integrated Surveillance Report for Communicable Diseases

Director's Reports

CDTA Documents

Most Popular DPH Topics

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Patients & Visitors Information

SFGH Key Contact Information

Birth and Death Certificates

Women, Infants, and Children Program

Training and Workforce Development Education and Training

Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health

SF Health Officials urge travelers to take Zika infection prevention measures

Zika virus is not currently circulating in San Francisco, the Bay Area or California. The mosquito that spreads Zika, called Aedes, has not been found in San Francisco.

Health officials urge the public to take precautions if traveling to Zika-affected countries and recommend that pregnant women or those planning pregnancy postpone such travel until after the pregnancy. Pregnant women, or their sexual partners, who have traveled to a Zika-affected country should consult with their doctor about precautions.

Anyone who travels to a Zika-affected area should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Find the current number of confirmed Zika virus cases in San Francisco at the State Department of Public Health.

All the patients contracted the virus while traveling.


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The election has not changed SFDPH’s commitment to provide quality health care and services for all San Franciscans, regardless of immigration or insurance status. We want all of our patients and clients to continue to seek services with their SFDPH providers, including care at our clinics and hospitals.

Click here for more post-election information including policies, materials and resources.

SFDPH Welcomes the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency

EMS Agency functions have transitioned to the SF Department of Public Health as of July 1st.

Here are some helpful links:

EMS Agency Homepage

EMT & Paramedic Certification & Accreditation

EMS System Policies & Protocols

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