Dear Community Member:

I am writing to let you know of an upcoming chance to share your views on health care access in San Francisco, particularly as it relates to the Western Addition, Richmond, and Sunset neighborhoods.

Required by San Francisco Ordinance No. 300-11, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and Planning Department must create a Health Care Services Master Plan (HCSMP) for the City. The HCSMP will:

Identify the current and future need for health care services in San       Francisco; and       Provide recommendations on how to achieve and maintain fair access to       health care services in San Francisco.

To help create the HCSMP, SFDPH has formed a 40-member Task Force that represents a wide variety of health care providers, consumers, and other stakeholders. (Please go here to learn more about the Task Force.) Between now and May 2012, this Task Force will meet at various neighborhood locations to get community feedback on San Franciscans’ access to health care services and on what improvements could be made to improve that access.

The Task Force will next meet on Thursday, January 26, from 5pm to 7:30pm at the African American Art and Culture Complex (762 Fulton Ave) in the Hall of Culture (3rd Floor).  Please consider attending, as the Task Force will discuss health care in your neighborhood. The Task Force wants to hear directly from residents and neighborhood organizations, so it can better suggest HCSMP recommendations that reflect the voice and needs of the community.  Interpretation services will be available in Spanish and Cantonese.  SFDPH will respond other requests for interpretation as needed. For more information about interpretation please contact Darlene Daevu (415.255.3426) at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

Anyone unable to attend on January 26 is welcome to attend future Task Force meetings regardless of their location.  All meetings are listed on the SFDPH website as are all meeting materials.  The Task Force welcomes public comment not only in person at a scheduled meeting, but also via email at hcsmptf.dph@sfdph.org.

Thank you for your time and interest.  The HCSMP Task Force looks forward to hearing from you.  Should you have any questions in the interim, please contact me at 415.554.2894.

Sincerely,

Lori Cook

(See attached file: HCSMP Fact Sheet_Final – 1.26.12 Meeting.pdf)

HCSMP Fact Sheet_Final – 1.26.12 Meeting


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