We will accept applications, conduct interviews, and select applicants on a rolling basis. All selections will be finalized by May 7th, 2021. This position joins the Oregon Health Authority’s statewide VISTA team. In addition to activities at your individual site, each member receives additional orientation, training throughout the year, team retreats and meetings, and the support of the team leaders and project director based at the state public health agency. For more information about the Oregon Health Authority VISTA Partnership Program, please visit: http://healthoregon.org/vista. The Oregon Health Authority is at the forefront of lowering and containing costs, improving quality and increasing access to health care in order to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians. The Oregon Public Health Division works to protect and promote the health of all Oregonians and the places we live, work, play, learn and age. The Oregon public health system includes federal, tribal, state, and local agencies, private organizations and other diverse partners working together to put healthy options and health-promoting services within reach for everyone in Oregon. Oregon needs a robust public health system to achieve better health and better care at lower costs. This VISTA position is with the Health Security, Preparedness and Response Program. The mission of the HSPR Program is to develop public health systems to prepare for and respond to major and acute threats and emergencies that impact the health of people in Oregon. We collaborate with Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and our local, regional and national Emergency Management partners. This position is in Portland, home to Oregon’s largest cultural hub. The exceptional public transit system makes it easy explore and appreciate everything the city has to offer. With the innovative public health work happening in Oregon, Portland is a wonderful place to explore a future in public health.
This VISTA position is a part of a health equity and COVID-19 response initiative that aims to include the voices of low-income and vulnerable populations in statewide public health planning and response efforts for COVID-19. Drawing on lessons learned from the COVID response, the AmeriCorps member will:
- Learn the intricacies of the FEMA/SAMHSA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) grants by providing capacity building and system change suggestions and partnering with local organizations who support local/regional activities designed to eliminate disparities and address the psychosocial health of vulnerable populations living in poverty.
- Collaborate on developing a plan for crisis counseling outreach and communications options during a disaster response
- Improve and update the Behavioral All-Hazards Disaster Response & Recovery Guide by assisting with business continuity planning and emergency preparedness and response for many communities
Questions about the application process? Curious about the day-to-day work of our members? Need clarification about the benefits of serving with AmeriCorps?
Join us every Thursday at our virtual Recruitment Office Hours to find out more about the OHA VISTA AmeriCorps Partnership Project!
OHA VISTA Recruitment Office Hours
Thursdays, April 1st – April 29th | 1-1:45 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST)
Virtual via Zoom | Password: OHA.VISTA
This is an informal setting where you can chat with the OHA VISTA leadership team and ask questions about our AmeriCorps program and the application process. There is no need to register in advance—just click on the link above and stay for as long or short a time as you wish.