Medical Matters Weekly welcomes population health leader /

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The next guest on Medical Matters Weekly is Matilde Castiel, MD, a nationally recognized leader in population health and health equity programs in Worcester, MA. The show airs on Facebook Live at 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 31.

The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see on and The show can also be viewed or downloaded as a podcast at issues.

Castiel is Commissioner of Health and Human Services for the City of Worcester, where she oversees the divisions of Public Health, Youth Services, Human Rights and Disability, Veterans Affairs and seniors’ affairs. In 2009, Dr. Castiel founded the Latin American Health Alliance (LAHA), a nonprofit organization in Worcester dedicated to addressing homelessness and substance abuse among Latino men.

She was born in Camaguey, Cuba, and raised in California. She completed her medical training at the University of California, San Francisco, after earning a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from California State University, Northridge.

She completed her residency at UMass Memorial and worked as a board-certified internal medicine physician in the Worcester community for more than 28 years, including as an associate professor of internal medicine, family medicine, and psychiatry at UMass Medical School.?

In addition to serving as LAHA’s medical director, Dr. Castiel has served on the boards of numerous Worcester non-profit organizations. She has received numerous awards, including the Public Citizen of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter. In 2020-2021, Dr. Castiel was a major force behind the city’s Health Culture Award, given by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Medical Matters Weekly covers all aspects of creating and sustaining a healthy lifestyle for all, including food and nutrition, housing, diversity and inclusion, breakthrough medical care, exercise , mental health, environment, research and government. The show is broadcast on Facebook Live, YouTube and all podcast platforms.

After the program, the video is available on public-access television stations in the region CAT-TV (Comcast channel 1075) and GNAT-TV (Comcast channel 1074), as well as on public-access stations across the United States.

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