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Spring 2020 -- PHES Team Provides Critical Support to COVID-19 Response

SFDPH activated its Departmental Operations Center in February 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then PHES team members have played instrumental roles as Disaster Service Workers within the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. Notable contributions include:

  • producing and distributing daily GIS maps and identifying geographic hot spots;
  • supporting daily reports on lab testing volume and positive case counts for DPH and public use;
  • ensuring quality demographic data to help identify health inequities;
  • scaling workflows to streamline case investigation interviews;
  • managing data entry to enable quality data capture and reporting, while supporting social distancing through a remote entry process.


February 2017 -- City Data and Innovation Award

SFDPH PHES staff Meg Wall Shui and Mimi Tam and their partners from SFDPH Policy & Planning, SF Planning and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development were honored by Mayor Edwin M. Lee at a lunch on February 16, 2017 as a part of San Francisco’s first City Data and Innovation Awards for their innovative work on the Central Market/Tenderloin Data Portal. The project is a collaboration with St. Francis Memorial Hospital and its Foundation; staff Will Douglas, Abbie Yant, Jennifer Kiss, and Jennifer Lacson, from the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership, have been instrumental in bringing this project about.  We were excited to have the project - which embodies our core principles of advancing health and equity utilizing data in partnership with city and community stakeholders - acknowledged in this forum.


Pictured, left to right: Andrea Nelson, SF Planning Department; Juan Carlos Cancino, SF Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development; Paolo Ikezoe, SF Planning Department; San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee; Megan Wall Shui, SF Department of Public Health; Mimi Tam, SF Department of Public Health; Max Gara, SF Department of Public Health.