City to host Austin Public Health Director Candidate Town Hall

The City of Austin will host a town hall meeting to give Austin residents an opportunity to provide feedback to help the City select a new director for the Austin Public Health Department (APH).

The town hall will last from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile St. Each candidate will have an opportunity to speak and to ask questions from a moderator and audience members. People who would like an interpreter in Mandarin, Spanish, or Vietnamese can call 3-1-1 and ask for an interpreter at the town hall for the new Austin Public Health Director. Requests must be made by 5 p.m. Feb. 19.

The search for a new director began in December 2017 following the departure of Shannon W. Jones III, who retired in March 2017 after serving as APH director since 2015.

Following a series of panel interviews of prospective candidates by APH staff, City of Austin department directors, and community stakeholders, two finalists were selected Jan. 23, 2018. The finalists are Interim APH DirectorStephanie Hayden and current APH Medical Director and Health Authority Dr. Philip Huang. See below for biographical information.

The new APH director will be responsible for overseeing a department of 483 full-time employees and a $107.2 million budget. The role of APH is to promote community well‐being and self‐sufficiency, and to protect the community from infectious diseases, epidemics, and environmental or social hazards. To achieve these goals, APH provides a range of programs and human services that promote healthy behaviors, prevent diseases, provide food protection, offer life‐ saving immunizations, prepare and respond to public health emergencies, and help people navigate through crises. For more information about APH services and programs, visit AustinTexas.Gov/Health.

Town Hall Meeting Schedule
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Welcome & Introductions: 10 min
  • Agenda Overview: 5 min
  • Stephanie Hayden: 10 min
  • Prepared Questions: 20-30 min
  • Audience Questions: 15 min
  • Philip Huang: 10 min
  • Prepared Questions: 20-30 min
  • Audience Questions: 15 min

Candidate Bios

Stephanie Y. Hayden, Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), is the Interim Director for the Austin Public Health Department. She is responsible for management of department operations including fiscal management of a $107 million budget. She has worked for the City for 17 years. During this time, she has held several positions with progressive responsibilities, including supervisor, manager, assistant director, and deputy director. Prior to working for the City, she worked as the director of clinical services at the Alternative Learning Center with Austin Independent School District and assistant director at the Williamson County Mental Health Center.
She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Worker from Prairie View A & M University and a Master’s in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University Worden School of Social Services

Dr. Philip Huang, Health Authority/Medical Director and Assistant Director over the Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division at Austin Public Health (APH). He has more than 20 years of executive management experience supervising more than 100 staff and budgets of $18+ million at APH and as Chief of the Bureau of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Prevention at the Texas Department of Health/State Health Services. Dr. Huang completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, and served two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer with the CDC. He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Rice University; his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; and his Master’s in Public Health from Harvard.


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