Oregon Primary Care Association Health Equity & Communications 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.


Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is a non-profit membership association of Oregon’s 33 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), including one FQHC Look-Alike. The organization’s mission is to lead the transformation of primary care to achieve health equity for all. OPCA provides technical assistance, training, and policy support to health centers.

Health centers are the backbone of the safety net for Oregon’s underserved patients and in the face of COVID-19, have seen inequities and disparities further exposed and exacerbated. The AmeriCorps member will work with Oregon Primary Care Association's (OPCA) policy and communications teams to reduce health disparities and identify best practices to embed equity within the integrated health center model. The AmeriCorps member will: 1) Record health center staff and patient stories that demonstrate the value and impact health centers have in their communities, specifically how they directly impact the lives of low-income patients, improve access to care, and address health disparities; 2) Develop framework to share stories with key stakeholders and partners; and 3) Build capacity at health centers and the primary care association using evidence-based practices to adopt health equity procedures that result in adapted workflows and improved patient experience.


- 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
- Effective oral, written, and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds
- Interest in public health and poverty alleviation



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

For more information about the Oregon Health Authority VISTA Partnership Project, please visit: http://healthoregon.org/vista.

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

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