Director Houston Dept of Health and Human Services, TX
Stephen L. Williams is the Director of the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. HDHHS is a full service public health department with 1200+ employees serving the 2.14 million residents of Houston. He oversees a budget of more than $100 million, half of which comes from state and federal grants.
He is actively involved in public health issues at the local, state, and national levels. He is the President of the Texas Association of Local Health Officials Board. He serves on the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, Texas Agri-Life Extension Services Urban Advisory Board, Houston/Harris County Homeless Coalition Board and the Harris County healthcare Alliance Board. He chairs the Harris County System of Hope Board. He is an alumnus of the American Leadership Forum, Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter/Medical Community Class, and is a graduate of the National Urban Fellowship Program and Executive Leadership Institute, National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). He is a member of NACCHO, APHA, Rotary Club of Houston and the NFBPA. He has served on several boards of community, professional and civil rights organizations.
One of his goals at HDHHS is to create an academic health department, in partnership with the University of Texas School of Public Health. By envisioning and creating the Office of Public Health Practice at HDHHS and sharing a position with the school, he is on the forefront of collaborations between practice and academia.