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ORGANIZATION: Oregon Health Authority

This position joins 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 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 VISTA Partnership Project, please visit: Selections are made on a rolling basis and early applications are strongly encouraged. The last day to submit an application is June 12, 2024. La misión de Familias en Acción (Familias) es Fortalecer la salud y el bienestar de las familias y comunidades latinas en Oregón. While service provision is at the core of Familias en Acción services, we also engage in system-wide initiatives that address the root causes of health disparities, includinsg poverty. We aim to change the structure that perpetuates poverty through our health education program that trains community leaders, so they can become certified Community Health Workers and gain employment. The VISTA member will participant in the development of organizational infrastructure that will support the scale and expansion of CHWs in Oregon through a 90-hour CHW certification curriculum. This in turn will create workforce economic stability and drive the social change needed to influence the health and wellness of Latino/x/e populations in our state. The VISTA member will be fully integrated into Familias team of 20-25 staff and will attend any relevant professional development opportunities. The ideal VISTA member will be bilingual in Spanish and English and will self-identify a member of the Latinx community. Some hours in person and some hours remote with in-person supervision and support regularly available. With the innovative public health work happening in Oregon, Portland is a wonderful place to explore a future in public health.

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About Oregon Health Authority


800 NE Oregon St, Portland, OR 97232, US

Mission Statement

The Oregon Health Authority AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project aims to alleviate, prevent and reduce poverty by engaging new public health professionals in a year of full-time service in major public health organizations to create or expand public health systems capacity. The project aims to reduce poverty in our communities by building sustainable public health programs and systems that ensure health equity, community resiliency and improved health outcomes.


AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full-time, forty hours per week in a capacity building role in statewide organizations, local public health departments, Tribal governments or non-profits across the state of Oregon. Our members serve in areas of: community partnership development, health equity, volunteer recruitment and training, fundraising, communication and marketing, communicable disease prevention, and more. Work is done in an indirect service and capacity building role in a professional office setting and there are many opportunities for training and professional development. AmeriCorps members with OHA focus their efforts on bulding the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that improve health services. They develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers.

In August 2019 the OHA AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project celebrated it's 10th year and conducted a program evaluation, culminating in a report A Summary Evaluation: Looking Back at Ten Years of Individual, Organizational, and System-Level Impacts (2009 - 2019). The evaluation explored the program’s impact on AmeriCorps members, the public health workforce, organizations AmeriCorps members serve with, public health systems AmeriCorps members have developed or reinforced, and poverty alleviation.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Health & Medicine
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


800 NE Oregon StPortland, OR 97232



  • Healthcare
  • Spanish
  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 year

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