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Alumni Chronicles: Ato Williams ’12

As we close out our academic and fiscal year, we are sharing short films of Bard Prison Initiative Public Health Fellows, each of whom have come to the fore as voices of experience and leadership in public health across New York City.

Ato Williams ‘12, is a BPI Public Health Fellow and licensed social worker. His work is changing the blueprint of mental health and crisis response in NYC. As Co-Response Team Coordinator at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and as a credible messenger, his work destigmatizes mental health and shows the way toward new alternatives to policing.

BPI’s Public Health Program prepares students and alumni who are uniquely positioned — through experience, education and expertise — to deliver services, innovate practices, and advocate for equitable policies in public health, health care, and the human services. Learn more at BPI’s new Public Health webpage.