Multnomah County Food Coordinator VISTA

Oregon Health Authority AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project

About the organization

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 is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 50 years.

In addition to activities at your individual site, each member receives additional orientation, training throughout the year.


Multnomah County provides low-cost family health care at seven locations under the umbrella of our Community Health Center. We provide care to all Multnomah County residents, including those who are low-income and uninsured. In our county, poverty is prevalent among populations which experience healthcare inequities and health disparities (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and people for whom English is a second or other language).

The AmeriCorps member will support the Multnomah County Health Center’s work with CSA Partnerships for Health (CSAP4H), which is an innovative food access program that works to reduce disease by turning community health centers into vibrant neighborhood spaces that distribute food from local farms. They will also provide data to expand insurance coverage and support client education by learning how to extract data from health center medical records; create data collection automations; have a Community Health Worker (CHW) mentor; develop and streamline CHW program; collect and disseminate data through surveys and data analysis; and possibly have opportunities to co-author material for publication in academic journals or conferences.


- Availability to serve complete service term (04/12/2021 - 04/11/2022); dates not flexible.
- Must be 18 year or older, legally able to work in the U.S., and pass a background check
- Must have a college degree
- Must be willing and able to commute consistently or relocate to Portland, OR
- Experience working with people who experience health disparities
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Ability to build relationships and communicate in new environments
- Interest in food justice and creative health interventions



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

For more information about the Oregon Health Authority VISTA Partnership Project, please visit:

Selections are made on a rolling basis and early applications are strongly encouraged.

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