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

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Opioid Overdose Facts

The San Francisco Health Department’s work in the community is informed by harm reduction principles, which are proven to help save lives. Getting life-saving naloxone into the hands of people who use drugs, their friends, peer counselors and other community outreach workers has helped us for a long time to weather the nationwide opioid crisis without an overall increase in overdose deaths. Fentanyl has changed the trend. A powerful opioid, fentanyl is hard to reverse when someone overdoses. It often requires many doses of naloxone. In the face of this challenge, DPH will continue expanding access to naloxone and to treatment. Learn more:

Report to Board of Supervisors

Substance Use Trends in San Francisco through 2018

DPH has a new tool to make the voluntary substance use treatment system more transparent, and make it easier to find a bed. Click FindTreatmentSF to learn more.

Mayor London Breed, Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney announce plan to move forward with Mental Health SF

November 12, 2019

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney announced today that they have reached an agreement on a comprehensive plan for reforming San Francisco’s mental health care system. After months of negotiations, Mayor Breed is co-sponsoring Mental Health SF, which overhauls the City’s challenged mental health system and guarantees mental health care to all San Franciscans who lack insurance or who are experiencing homelessness. As part of the agreement, Mayor Breed and the Supervisors will withdraw their respective ballot initiatives intended for the March 2020 ballot and will instead introduce Mental Health SF legislation at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Flu Season is Here: Get your annual flu vaccine now!

Getting the flu vaccine improves your chance of staying healthy this year.  Everyone ages 6 months and older should get their yearly flu vaccine this fall.  The flu vaccine protects everyone’s health — it prevents individuals from getting sick, limits the spread of flu from person to person, and reduces the chance of hospitalization.

Flu vaccines are widely available at doctors’ offices, clinics, and pharmacies. To find a flu vaccine at a location near you, visit the Vaccine Finder or check the list of San Francisco Department of Public Health locations offering free or low-cost flu vaccinations for the public.

For more information on influenza including information for providers, visit our influenza home page.

In addition to getting a flu shot, help protect yourself and your loved ones by:

  • coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow or arm
  • washing your hands regularly with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • staying at home if you are sick

SFDPH Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency

Helpful links:

EMS Agency Homepage

EMT & Paramedic Certification & Accreditation

EMS System Policies & Protocols

CADDiE Pilot Program Public Comment



Assessment of Food Security Report


Read the 2018 Assessment of Food Security in San Francisco issued by the San Francisco Food Security Task Force. Learn about the vulnerable members of our community, the health impacts of food insecurity, and what is needed to ensure that all San Franciscans are food secure.

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Join the Food Security Task Force. We believe that a healthy food system in San Francisco is possible for everyone, and we ask you to join us to make this a reality.


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 include the Joint Conference Committees for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Laguna Honda Hospital.


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

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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:






Recent DPH Files and Reports

Fiscal Year 2016 Charity Care Report

San Francisco Mental Health Plan – Private Practitioner Provider Network

Avatar Documentation

CBHS Provider Directory

Integrated Surveillance Report for Communicable Diseases

Most Popular DPH Topics

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 MRA COVID-19 Cash Payment Program

San Francisco workers are hurting due to COVID-19. That’s why on June 2, the City and County of San Francisco authorized a one-time cash payment of up to $500 to help those who are eligible with COVID-19 expenses. If you hold an SF MRA with our SF City Option Program, you may be eligible if you meet the eligibility criteria.




BAAHI Publishes Black/African American Health Report

The Black/African American Health Initiative (B/AAHI) has issued its 2018 Report on the Health of Black/African Americans in San Francisco. Although San Franciscans are healthier than Americans in many other parts of the country, Black/African American (B/AA) San Franciscans, have persistently had poorer health than their fellow residents.

Based on the most recent data, Black and African American infants are five times more likely than White infants to die before their first birthday. This health disparity continues through adulthood. Life expectancy for Black/African Americans is the lowest of all race/ethnicities in San Francisco. A B/AA resident could expect to live 72 years nearly 10 years less than White, Asian, and Latino residents who can expect to live into their 80s

The hope is that the report will persuade the broader community that widespread coordinated efforts to improve B/AA health are urgently needed. We also hope the example of our efforts will inspire partnerships and collaborations with others seeking to correct the inequities that cause the B/AA members of our community to suffer worse health and to die sooner than their fellow residents. We believe that this report can inspire hope that these gaps can be closed.

To obtain a copy of the report or to get additional information about BAAHI and its activities, please email:

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