Health and Human Services

About the Director

Stephen Williams

Stephen L. Williams, M.Ed., M.P.A.

Stephen Williams 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.

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

HDHHS is a full service public health department with approximately 1,000 employees.


Mandated responsibilities for HDHHS


HDHHS provides traditional public health services and seeks to use innovative methods to meet the community’s present and future needs.


The City of Houston Code of Ordinances outlines the official responsibilities of Health and Human Services Department.

General duties: (Code of Ordinance, Chapter 21, Article I, Section 212)

There is created a health and human services department. The officers and employees of that department are charged with the duty of enforcing all laws and ordinances relating to health and such other duties as are now or may hereafter be placed upon them by the Mayor, City Council and by the ordinances and Charter of the city.