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Public Health Modernization VISTA

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ORGANIZATION: Oregon Health Authority

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Member Duties : The AmeriCorps VISTA member will evaluate Oregon’s legislatively funded governmental public health modernization efforts focused on addressing communicable disease response and environmental health threats. 1. Participate in meetings with staff from Oregon Health Authority, Local Health Departments, and Community Based Organizations in Oregon to co-construct evaluation framework, methods and data collection tools, guide analysis, and interpret results. 2. Support the development/ refinement of data collection tools including interview guides, virtual focus group guides, survey instruments, templates for document review, etc. 3. Administer interviews, focus groups, surveys and document review to modernize Oregon’s public health survey systems. 4. Support of a Youth Data Council. 5. Analyze and synthesize data collected with program staff. 6. Develop presentations and reports. 7. With program staff, share evaluation results to a variety of local, state, and national partners. Program Benefits : Training , Relocation Allowance , Health Coverage* , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Professional Development Funds , Childcare assistance if eligible . *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/vista/benefits. Terms : Permits working at another job during off hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours . Service Areas : Health , Public Health AmeriCorps . Skills : None Service Description : 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: http://healthoregon.org/vista. Selections are made on a rolling basis and early applications are strongly encouraged. The final day to submit an application for this position is June 12, 2024. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will help implement an evaluation of Oregon’s legislatively funded governmental public health modernization efforts focused on addressing communicable disease response and environmental health threats that disproportionately impact communities of color, tribal communities, persons with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities, persons living in congregate care and low-income communities. Without this system, Oregon risks its public health resilience, response and recovery, and future health threats will continue to exacerbate health inequities. A successful candidate would bring an interest in exploring governmental public health, program evaluation and organizational performance measurement. Prior experience in conducting interviews, focus groups and surveys preferable. Strong writing skills needed. The OHA AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project is committed to building a diverse workforce to broaden and deepen our work in the communities we serve. 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.


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800 NE Oregon StPortland, OR 97232



  • Networking
  • Organization
  • Problem Solving
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 year
  • This is a one-year service opportunity from August 12, 2024 through August 11, 2025

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