Health Equity & Quality Improvement VISTA in Portland, Oregon

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Recruiting Organization: Oregon Health Authority AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project

This position joins the Oregon Health Authority’s statewide AmeriCorps 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 AmeriCorps Project, please visit: Selections are made on a rolling basis and early applications are strongly encouraged. The last day to submit an application is July 14, 2023. OPCA is a nonprofit statewide membership association of Oregon’s community health centers, also known as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and those who support them. Our mission is to lead the transformation of primary care to achieve health equity for all. OPCA provides training and support to FQHCs by partnering with them to advance the goals of health system transformation. FQHCs provide-dental, and behavioral health care work i work that involves helping providers better understand the circumstances of their lives and address the social determinants of health as a major driver of health equity. Together with Oregon FQHCs, we work to understand and help address the social determinants of health with creative solutions and community partnerships. Benefits of service at OPCA include:

• Transit Pass

• In-building bike parking and showers

• $1,000 travel and conference budget to support local, regional training and conference opportunities.

• Remote working stipend. ($40/month) With the innovative public health work happening in Oregon, Portland is a wonderful place to explore a future in public health.

Member Duties: Focus on the various social needs that impact the health of Oregonians by:

• Developing a complex understanding of population health, and specifically knowledge of the social determinants of health and the role of screening, referral, and resource access within healthcare models.

• Researching patient-centered social needs screening and data collection best practices through reading studies, attending webinars, and conducting interviews.

• Combining best practices into a Screening for Social Needs toolkit and/or presentation aimed at healthcare providers and community-based organizations.

• Facilitating webinars for learning collaborative of health center representatives.

• Coordinating equity efforts with larger OPCA team by attending and sharing findings in health equity committee meetings and other collaborative spaces.

• Support the collaborative research and development of resources for dental directors around risk assessment.

Program Benefits: Training, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Childcare assistance if eligible, Living Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Education award upon successful completion of service, See program description for additionals, Stipend, Health Coverage.*

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit

Terms:Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours.

Service Areas: Health, Community Outreach, Education, Community and Economic Development, Tribal, Veterans, Children/Youth.

Skills: General Skills, Medicine, Communications, Public Health, Social Services, Conflict Resolution, Veterans, Teamwork, Writing/Editing, Education, Community Organization.

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Fee Amount: None

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Sun Aug 13, 2023 - Tue Aug 13, 2024
05:00 PM - 04:59 PM


Portland, OR 97232







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