Chief Health Officer

Richard W. Matens, M.Div.

Richard Matens is an executive level health & human services administrator with a broad experience in government, academic, Native American and non-profit agencies. Mr. Matens has certificates in County Administration from the University of North Carolina and Tribal Governance from the California Tribal College.

His professional experience includes over 31 years in the development and administration of human service, public health, and academic programs targeting traditionally underserved populations in states (California, Louisiana, Alabama, Arizona, Maryland, and North Carolina). Richard has extensive experience directing comprehensive local human services programs to traditionally under-served populations, including: Native American communities, migrant farm workers, urban IV drug users, and commercial sex workers. These services include: Public Health, Social Services, Veterans Services, Senior Nutrition and Transportation. He has held administrative positions with four (4) institutions of higher education, including the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Complementing the overall administrative responsibilities indicated here, he has also served as a member on a number of public boards including: the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, the Baltimore Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, the Louisiana State Coordinating Council on Farm Labor, the Baltimore HIV/AIDS Planning Council, the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program Advisory Board, the Johns Hopkins Community-Research Advisory Council and others.

Before coming to SYTHC, Mr. Matens served as Executive Director for Consolidated Tribal Health Project in Mendocino County, an Indian Health Clinic that provides primary medical, dental, and behavior health services for eight (8) federally recognized tribes.

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