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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Black
Favorite Food:
Jamaican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring and Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1956
Birth Location:
Waycross , Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Black
Favorite Food:
Jamaican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring and Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1956
Birth Location:
Waycross
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Biography

Government administrator Stephen L. Williams was born on June 10, 1956, in Waycross, Georgia to Loretta Williams and Rosebud Smith, Sr. Williams graduated from Waycross High School in 1974, and earned his B.A. degree in sociology and social work from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama in 1977. He went on to receive his M.Ed. degree from Auburn University at Montgomery, and his M.P.A. degree from Baruch College, City University of New York, through the National Urban Fellowship program.

Beginning in 1995, Williams served as an administrator of public health and deputy director of Travis County’s Health and Human Services and Veteran Service Department in Austin, Texas. He became the director of public health for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services in 2004. Under his administration, the department launched community outreach programs such as Project Saving Smiles, which provided oral screenings to elementary school students; See to Succeed, which partnered with private organizations to provide children with eye exams and glasses; and Assessment, Intervention, and Mobilization (AIM), a door-to-door responsive services program. In 2006, Williams initiated the Hip Hop for HIV Awareness intervention project. He also collaborated with Enroll Gulf Coast to consult Houstonians on accessing health insurance through the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Williams also served as an adjunct professor for the University Of Texas School of Public Health.

Williams served on numerous boards and organizations. He was chairman of the Texas Department of State Health Services Public Funding and Policy Committee, the Coalition of the Homeless of Houston/Harris County and the Harris County System of Hope. He served on the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health External Advisory Board, the Texas Agri-Life Extension Services Urban Advisory Board, and the Harris County Healthcare Alliance Board. Williams was a member of the National Association of City and County Health Officials, American Public Health Association, Rotary Club of Houston, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Williams also served as president of the Texas Association of Local Health Officials.

Stephen L. Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 28, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Stephen L. Williams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Stephen L. Williams lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Stephen L. Williams describes his mother's occupation and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Stephen L. Williams remembers his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Stephen L. Williams remembers his maternal great-uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Stephen L. Williams describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Stephen L. Williams lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Stephen L. Williams describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Stephen L. Williams remembers his neighborhood in Waycross, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Stephen L. Williams describes the smells and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Stephen L. Williams remembers his closest childhood friend
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Stephen L. Williams describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Stephen L. Williams recalls residential segregation in Waycross, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Stephen L. Williams describes his early memories of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Stephen L. Williams remembers holidays with his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Stephen L. Williams recalls attending Center Junior High School in Waycross, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Stephen L. Williams remembers attending Waycross High School in Waycross, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Stephen L. Williams remembers his summer jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Stephen L. Williams recalls his decision to attend Huntington College in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Stephen L. Williams remembers his prom date at Waycross High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Stephen L. Williams talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Stephen L. Williams remembers the male mentors in his neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Stephen L. Williams recalls attending Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Stephen L. Williams remembers his mentors at Huntingdon College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Stephen L. Williams remembers his mentors at Huntingdon College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Stephen L. Williams recalls working at the Alabama Industrial School for Boys in Mount Meigs, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Stephen L. Williams remembers working for the Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Stephen L. Williams talks about his first job after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Stephen L. Williams recalls attending Auburn University at Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Stephen L. Williams remembers leaving the Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Stephen L. Williams describes the National Urban Fellows program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Stephen L. Williams recalls working in Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Stephen L. Williams remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Stephen L. Williams recalls working in community development for Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Stephen L. Williams describes the public health programs he started in Maricopa, Arizona
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Stephen L. Williams recalls becoming a public health administrator in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Stephen L. Williams talks about serving as an executive manager in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Stephen L. Williams recalls being hired as director of the health department in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Stephen L. Williams talks about restructuring the Houston Health and Human Services Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Stephen L. Williams describes the Assessment, Intervention and Mobilization initiative
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Stephen L. Williams talks about the Healthy Families Houston program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Stephen L. Williams remembers hosting eye screenings with OneSight
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Stephen L. Williams recalls providing health services for children in Houston, Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Stephen L. Williams recalls providing health services for children in Houston, Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Stephen L. Williams talks about initiatives to enroll residents in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Stephen L. Williams talks about improving interactions between the police and mentally ill residents
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Stephen L. Williams recalls reducing inappropriate emergency calls
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Stephen L. Williams shares his views on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Stephen L. Williams describes targeted public health campaigns in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Stephen L. Williams talks about his focus on chronic disease prevention
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Stephen L. Williams talks about disaster prevention in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Stephen L. Williams talks about the Harris County Area Agency on Aging
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Stephen L. Williams describes his approach to the My Brother's Keeper initiative in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Stephen L. Williams lists his organizations and awards, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Stephen L. Williams lists his organizations and awards, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Stephen L. Williams talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Stephen L. Williams describes his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Stephen L. Williams reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Stephen L. Williams shares advice for future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Stephen L. Williams describes how he would like to be remembered