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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 rebuilt and features 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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Extreme Heat

San Franciscans rarely experience extreme heat events, so our bodies have a more difficult time adapting which can increase the risk of heat related illness and death. We also have less technologic adaptations, like central air
conditioning, because of the typically cooler climate and older housing stock. Some neighborhoods are more affected by heat, and unsheltered people can be most affected. Here are some tips on how to deal with the heat in multiple languages.

A Spare the Air alert has been called for Thursday, Aug 15. More info here.

Cannabis Information

We want to make sure that all SF youth have safe, accurate resources for answering their questions about cannabis consumption. Check out our new campaign at

Safe Consumption of Cannabis Products: Facts & Your Health

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Pardon our Progress

As of August 3, we have a new computer system for patient records that will make it easier for patients to connect with all the services in the San Francisco Health Network. The system will help us serve patients and our community even better. While we get used to the new system, you may notice some delays in service. We thank you for your patience.


[Chief Transitions Officer Winona Mindolovich and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax flip the switch to go live on Epic, our electronic medical record.]


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 Department Announces Patient Care Incidents at Laguna Honda Hospital

Evidence disclosed of patient mistreatment by staff over a several-year period Immediate changes in place




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

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.

  • Women need a Tdap shot each time they are pregnant.
  • 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.

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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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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You're Safe Here!


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 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency

Helpful links:

EMS Agency Homepage

EMT & Paramedic Certification & Accreditation

EMS System Policies & Protocols

CADDiE Pilot Program Public Comment



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