Behavioral Health Disaster Response & Recovery VISTA (Salem)

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ORGANIZATION: Oregon Health Authority

Member Duties : The member will collaborate with FEMA, SAMHSA, and local organizations to enhance behavioral health (BH) counseling outreach services before, during, and after disasters. Duties include: * Develop a BH response plan, contribute to crisis communication strategies, and promote culturally responsive BH support. * Research state plans, strengthen partnerships, and supporting the creation of a GIS resource for disaster response. Work will focus on crisis communication planning, collaborating with CMHPs to ensure effective outreach during disasters. * Attend BH meetings and provide capacity-building suggestions for equitable support, addressing disparities in underserved communities. * Collaborate with county partners to update emergency response plans and engage with local, state, and federal agencies. * Stay updated on disaster mental health developments, provide stress management and trauma intervention, and participate in exercises to ensure readiness in disaster response efforts. Program Benefits : Trimet Pass , Relocation Allowance , Health Coverage* , Training , Stipend , Childcare assistance if eligible , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . *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 Safety , Community and Economic Development , Disaster Relief . Skills : Community Organization , Disaster Services , Public Health , Education , Communications . Service Description : This project targets poverty reduction by establishing sustainable wellness initiatives and improving disaster preparedness in the behavioral health sector, with a focus on health equity and community resilience for economically disadvantaged individuals. Vision: A thriving Oregon where mental health, substance use, and gambling disorders are prevented through proactive measures, including prevention, early intervention, and accessible care. Mission: Our mission is to empower Oregonians to attain holistic wellbeing by facilitating access to comprehensive health, mental health, and addiction services and supports. We strive to meet the diverse needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to thrive in their communities through collaboration with families, counties, state agencies, providers, advocates, and communities. Goals: 1. Enhance the lifelong health of all Oregonians. 2. Improve the quality of life for those we serve. 3. Expand the availability, utilization, and quality of integrated community-based healthcare services. 4. Reduce healthcare and societal costs through strategic investments. 5. Enhance the effectiveness of the integrated healthcare delivery system. 6. Foster active participation of individuals and families in healthcare delivery and planning. 7. Enhance accountability within the healthcare system. 8. Promote efficiency and efficacy within the state healthcare system. The member will serve at the Oregon Health Authority in the Behavioral Health Division (BHD). The OHA BHD helps Oregonians achieve physical, mental and social wellbeing by providing access to health, mental health and addiction services and supports to meet the needs of Oregon’s adults and children. We accomplish this through collaboration with individuals, their families, counties, other state agencies, providers, advocates and communities.

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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.


Disaster Relief
Disaster Relief


We'll work with your schedule.


500 Summer Street NortheastSalem, OR 97301



  • Networking
  • Organization
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 year
  • This is a one-year service position starting August 12, 2024 and ending August 11, 2025

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