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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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Increased Temperatures in the Bay Area

Increased temps are expected in the San Francisco Bay over the next few days. Additionally, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for both Friday June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd.  As the city prepares for our annual Pride celebration, the Department of Public Health would like to provide you with some tips to stay cool. For more information about the forecast please visit the national weather service.

Everyone is affected by the heat, but age, medical condition, and alcohol consumption can quickly complicate how individuals respond to periods of excessive heat. The following are steps you can take to help reduce the impact of the increased temperatures: 

Stay indoors and out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, preferably in places with air conditioning.  For relief from the heat, consider visiting a community center, movie theater, congregation, public library, swimming pool, local recreation center or shaded park.

Drink plenty of water. If you consume alcohol or high sugared drinks, do so in moderation

When outdoors, stay in shaded areas and wear light-colored, lightweight clothing and a hat.

It’s important to check on neighbors and be able to recognize when someone may be suffering heat related symptoms, whether due to the temperature, sun exposure, too much alcohol, or other substances. For more information click on links below:


Extreme Heat FAQs
Heat Wave Multilingual

If you are a Healthcare Facility, please click the link below for additional information from California Department of Public Health – AFL Heat

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:

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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.

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

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Pregnant? Get Vaccinated to Protect Your Baby from Pertussis

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is an easily spread infectious disease. It can cause coughing fits that make it hard to breathe. Young babies can get very sick, very fast if they get pertussis. Vaccination is the best way to prevent pertussis. The pertussis vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap.

  • Pregnant women need a Tdap shot during their third trimester of pregnancy (27 – 36 weeks), even if they were vaccinated before pregnancy.
  • When the mother gets a Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, it gives the baby immunity (protection)  from whooping cough until the baby can get its own shots .
  • Women need a Tdap shot each time they are pregnant.

In addition to the pregnancy Tdap dose, babies, adolescents, and adults are all recommended to get pertussis vaccine. Protection from vaccination decreases over time. Talk to your doctor to make sure you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccines. 

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Recent DPH Files and Reports

DPH Annual Report FY 2016-2017

Fiscal Year 2016 Charity Care Report

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MHSA Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report

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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

Vendor security incident: unauthorized access of medical record information
No evidence that personal information has been used for any purpose

SAN FRANCISCO (May 11, 2018) -- The San Francisco Department of Public Health today informed 895 patients of a security incident involving personal information handled by a third-party medical transcription service. The transcriptions covered visits to the San Francisco Health Network, the Health Department’s system of hospitals and clinics.

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You're Safe Here!

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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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