Oregon Public Health VISTA partnership update
By Akiko Saito
Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Public Health VISTA Partnership has welcomed another team of 10 VISTAs serving around the state. These volunteers have come from all over the country to serve in Oregon and make our public health systems more effective at delivering services along with making the communities they serve in more resilient.
Six of these VISTAs are serving at local health departments: Benton County, Harney County, Lane County, Marion County, and Washington County. In addition, there are VISTAs at the Sunset Empire Parks & Recreation Department in Clatsop County, the Coquille Indian Tribe in Coos County, and the state EMS office. One VISTA leader joined the team and is serving at the state office to support the new members.
Focus areas for these VISTAs vary widely. Many are helping build healthier communities through worksite wellness and other health outreach programs. Other VISTAs will be assisting in accreditation efforts and emergency preparedness.
The new team of VISTAs has traveled from as far as Florida and Rhode Island to serve, as well as some native Oregonians. With another team of 21 joining in September, we have become the largest VISTA program in the state. We are excited to be hosting such a bright and enthusiastic group of volunteers, and to help create the next generation of public health leaders!
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