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Health and Human Services Department

HDHHS provides traditional public health services and seeks to use innovative methods to meet the community’s present and future needs. Our mission is to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of all Houstonians. HDHHS is now the first health department in Texas and the second in a large U.S. city to earn national accreditation. Report broken links here.

About the Director


Mr.Stephen Williams

 Serving as the Director for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) Stephen L. Williams is actively involved in public health issues at the local, state and national level. He joined the City of Houston as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) in June of 2004. He received his Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University New York, a Masters of Education from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama and his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Social Work from Huntingdon College also in Montgomery, Alabama.

Williams serves on several boards of community, professional and civil rights organizations. He is a past president of the Texas Association of Local Health Officials.

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News Releases and HDHHS Updates

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Feeding the Homeless
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