What we do

Every day in every part of our community, we help people in Austin and Travis County meet their needs across their lifespan. Some of what we do includes:

  • Immunizations
  • Shelter
  • Food and clothing help
  • Help for new families and children
  • Getting ready for emergencies
  • And job help

We’ve earned national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. This means that Austin Public Health meets or exceeds public health standards established by this non-profit, non-governmental board.

Our mission

Our mission is to prevent disease, promote health, and protect the well-being of our community.


Director Headshot

Stephanie Y. Hayden

Director, Austin Public Health
City of Austin

Stephanie Hayden was appointed director of Austin Public Health in March 2018. She previously served as interim director since May 2017 and as deputy director since October of 2015. As deputy director, she oversaw the operations of the Health Equity and Community Engagement Division, which included management of quality of life programs, the HIV Planning Council, the HIV Resources Administration Unit, planning and evaluation, and social services policy. Stephanie is a licensed master level social worker who has spent more than 20 years providing services and managing programs in the field of social services. She has worked in several direct social work settings including psychiatric services, school-based, chemical dependency, crisis intervention, and counseling.