What Is the California Health Alert Network (CAHAN)?
CAHAN is a state-sponsored web-based system used in Sacramento County to send warnings of impending or current situations that may affect the public's health. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Emergency Preparedness Office administers CAHAN to facilitate alerting and collaboration between federal, state, local health departments, clinics, hospitals, and other public health emergency partners on a 24 x 7 x 365 basis.
What Is the Alerting Capability of CAHAN?
When an alert message is sent, CAHAN sends the message to email addresses, telephones, faxes, email capable alphanumeric pagers, and cell phones. CDPH can send alerts out to all local health departments; local health departments can send alerts within their county, to neighboring local health departments, and to CDPH.
Who Are the Intended Users of CAHAN Alerts?
CAHAN Alerts are intended for a wide spectrum of state and local health response officials, preparedness coordinators, and partner agencies in the county's emergency and public health services and preparedness sectors. User information is maintained through a secure web portal requiring a user ID and password that is not accessible to the general public.
How Do I Register for CAHAN?
Click on the "CAHAN Enrollment Request" link below. The link opens a fillable PDF form that can be emailed to the Sacramento County CAHAN administrator, or printed and faxed to (916) 875-5888. The County CAHAN Administrator will process your request and, if appropriate, access will be granted. If your application is approved, instructions for access and operation will be emailed to you.
Who Can I Contact for CAHAN Questions?
Call Sacramento County Public Health at (916) 875-5881 and ask to be connected with the CAHAN administrator or email CAHAN@saccounty.net.