William Jeffrey Campbell
HIV Prevention Activist
HIV Program Manager
Houston Health Department
Jeffrey Campbell is a native of Cuero, Texas who, after graduating from Texas State University, has spent most of his adult life living and working in Houston. On this journey, Jeffrey has learned to walk in his truth as a black gay man who is Christian, spiritual, a preacher, teacher, LGBT activist, HIV prevention activist and much more.
In January 2003, Jeffrey, along with some wonderful supporters, launched Fresh Start Church in Houston. Fresh Start was the first affirming and inclusive church in Houston to have an out-gay black male as lead pastor. Jeffrey’s vision was to create a safe space for all people to heal, learn their value in God, and be empowered for the journey of life. Shortly after the church’s launch, Jeffrey and the church became a part of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Dr. Yvette Flunder. As a part of TFAM, Jeffrey served as the Minister of Health and Wholeness for approximately 5 years. In his role as Minister of Health and Wholeness, Jeffrey partnered with other leaders in creating learning opportunities for affirming pastors and laity focused on HIV prevention and treatment, mental health issues in the LGBT community and other health disparities affecting the LGBT community.
During this season Jeffrey also began working in the field of HIV prevention in ministry as well as professionally. One of his greatest endeavors occurred while working at Houston’s St. Hope Foundation. It was here that Jeffrey launched Brothers Speaking, a dialogue event targeting black gay/bi-sexual and questioning men with conversations around relationships, spirituality and sexuality, coming out and HIV in the life of the black gay male community. This multi-year project gave Jeffrey the opportunity to work with such out gay actors, producers and authors such as Patrik-Ian Polk, Rodney Chester, Maurice Jamal, Tim’m West, Kevin E. Taylor and Roger Omeus.
In August 2012, Jeffrey became the Executive Director of Hudson Pride Connections Center, the LGBT Pride center in Jersey City, NJ. At HPCC, Jeffrey worked with a great staff of caring and compassionate people to provide services to LGBT youth and adults. While in Jersey City, Jeffrey became part of the Hudson County Ryan White Planning Council and served as the chair of the Treatment as Prevention Committee.
In August 2015, Jeffrey stepped into a new professional role as HIV Program Manager with the Houston Health Department. In this role Jeffrey manages contracts between the HHD and local community business organizations, gives leadership to the program’s new PrEP Education project, Data to Care project and the HEARTS Project which focuses specifically on reducing new HIV diagnoses among gay/bisexual men of color.
Along with and part of the work Jeffrey does with HHD includes his roles as the government co-chair of Houston’s HIV Community Planning Group. This group of community members provides guidance to the Health Department related to HIV prevention in Houston. Jeffrey also serves as the Government Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Urban Coalition of HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS). This organization is a coalition composed of the health departments and community HIV prevention leaders of 8 urban jurisdictions across the United States. As the government co-chair, Jeffrey also serves on the Board of Directors of UCHAPS.
Jeffrey is excited to live and work in this new era of biomedical HIV prevention.
“The science related to PrEP, Treatment as Prevention and U=U has brought to reality that we now have the ability to so significantly reduce the number of new HIV transmissions that we will soon declare that we are out of epidemic proportions.”