FRAMINGHAM – The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center announced this morning, September 5, the 2018 Edward M. Kennedy Community Health awardees: MetroWest YMCA, YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Hockomock YMCA and Dr. Matilde Castiel, Commissioner of Worcester Health and Human Services.
Each year, Kennedy CHC honors individuals and organizations making an impact on the health of the communities we serve, as well those who support the Health Center in fulfilling its mission.
This year Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III will be the keynote speaker as the honorees are recognized on November 1, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.
MetroWest YMCA, YMCA of Central Massachusetts, and Hockomock YMCA are each valuable partners of Kennedy CHC. The YMCA’s commitment to healthy living is apparent through their collaboration with Kennedy CHC on valuable programs such as the Diabetes Prevention Program, Prevention Wellness Trust Fund, and their focus on providing a safe, healthy environment for youth and families.
Dr. Matilde Castiel has always held a professional and personal mission to work with the underserved. She has spent her career focused on improving the collective health of the community through her work as a Board certified physician in Internal Medicine in the Worcester community for over 28 years, by founding the Latin American Health Alliance (LAHA), and her dedication to non-profits and community health centers. She has served on the boards of several Worcester nonprofits, including The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, Centro Las Americas, and more currently Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Quinsigamond Community College, United Way, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Congressman Joseph Kennedy III has held the office of U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’ 4th Congregational District since 2013, an area which includes Kennedy CHC’s Milford health care site. Congressman Kennedy has been a champion for health centers, stating that they “fills the gaps of a healthcare system that leaves too many without access to treatment.”
Congressman Kennedy is also the grandnephew of the organization’s namesake, Edward M. Kennedy.
The mission of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) is to “help people live healthier lives.” We believe that everyone has a right to accessible, high quality, comprehensive, integrated and compassionate health care. As a community health center, Kennedy CHC has always provided comprehensive care to its patients, who are at disparate risk for chronic disease and poor health outcomes.
The center’s vision is to be a constantly growing, financially sound, Federally Qualified Community Health Center that:
efficiently delivers high quality, accessible primary care services.
becomes the health care home and provider choice of all our patients.
achieves excellence in outcomes with our patients as partners.
remains at the forefront of innovative health care practices.
Founded in a Worcester housing project in 1972, today Kennedy CHC has three medical facilities, three dental sites, two optometry practices and six school-based clinics serving residents of Worcester, Framingham, Clinton, Milford, and the surrounding communities of MetroWest and Central Massachusetts. Currently over 26,000 patients of all ages receive care and service through Kennedy CHC’s family practice model of care, a comprehensive approach to the delivery of quality primary and urgent care, medical specialties, nutrition counseling, dental care, optometry, pharmacy, behavioral
health, social services, health education and youth development programs.