Reproductive Health & Gender-Affirming Care Policy VISTA

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ORGANIZATION: Oregon Health Authority

Member Duties : The Reproductive Health & Gender-Affirming Care VISTA in the Medicaid Office will collaborate with Oregon Health Authority subject matter experts, research national best practices, and learn from community voices to write a policy analysis of current & developing public health policy’s effectiveness on these topics. With strong attention, you will detail where state programs are working well and where there is needed improvement. You will then recommend various policy & program changes to promote access to care for Oregon Health Plan members statewide. Finally, you will lead implementation on one or more recommendations at the discretion of the VISTA supervisor. Desired skills: Experience with Oregon Health Plan (Oregon’s Medicaid program) as a member, advocate, work experience, etc. Experience collaborating on projects to complete a desired goal This work is completed through an intersectional health equity lens and always centers Oregon Health Plan members. Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Relocation Allowance , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Stipend , Health Coverage* , Training . *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 : Community Outreach , Public Health AmeriCorps , Health . Skills : Communications , Social Services , Conflict Resolution , Public Health , Education , General Skills , Community Organization . 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: Selections are made on a rolling basis and early applications are strongly encouraged. The last day to submit an application is June 12, 2024. Within Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Office of Medicaid serves Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members benefitting from Oregon's Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program. Approximately 1/3 or 1.4 million Oregonians currently benefit from OHP coverage including Reproductive Health & Gender-Affirming Care services, from all walks of life including working families, children, pregnant adults, single adults, and seniors. Each day at OHA, you will work to enhance the OHP member & provider experience alongside dedicated and thoughtful colleagues with the common goal of eliminating health inequities by 2030. The VISTA in this position will receive a monthly Portland Metro Area Trimet public transportation pass as well as ample opportunities to work & learn alongside Oregon Health Authority staff. 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.


Health & Medicine
Community, Health & Medicine, Women


We'll work with your schedule.


800 NE Oregon StPortland, OR 97232



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




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

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