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Community Health Network


At the Community Health Network our goals go beyond just providing you with health care. To understand San Franciscans’ needs better, we make a special effort to create a bond with you and your community.

Part of this bond is providing education to our patients, helping everyone to understand that good health begins in childhood and is achievable regardless of your financial or ethnic background. We stress the importance of preventive care, and encourage families to promote the importance of good health within the home. We also encourage our patients to be active, knowledgeable and to become partners with their providers in managing their personal healthcare.

In 1997, the Community Health Network embarked on an organizational restructuring plan to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving health care environment. Established as the division of the Department of Public Health that encompasses all personal health care services, the CHN has the unique role of addressing the broad health needs of all San Franciscans, with a special emphasis and commitment to serving the City’s most vulnerable, diverse populations. The CHN encompasses a wide array of services across a continuum of care. Major service components include primary care (provided at sites throughout the City), specialty care, acute care, home care, long-term care, and emergency care.

Perhaps the best way to look at the Community Health Network is this: Only a complete network of city health care providers and resources such as the Community Health Network, can truly care for a city with the diverse needs of San Francisco. That’s why we feel we’re a better choice to help you than any other healthcare provider.

Please call 9-1-1 if this is a medical emergency. Please call San Francisco General Hospital at (628) 206-8000 for general information..

For issues or questions other than medically related, you may email the Department of Public Health