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AmeriCorps VISTA Profile: Andrea Pena
Wasco County

The newest Medical Reserve Corps unit in Oregon is fortunate to gain the service of another AmeriCorps VISTA member.  Andrea Pena began her year of national service in August as the Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps coordinator, housed in Oregon’s North Central Public Health District.  She is one of 24 VISTAs -- or Volunteers in Service to America -- that the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division places around Oregon.   

Here is a quick introduction to Ms Pena, in her own words:

What did you do before this?

I was a full-time student at the University of Oregon where I studied Spanish. Go Ducks!

What has pleasantly surprised you in your new position?

How health is a huge impact on a community. Good or bad. 

What do you see as the point of an AmeriCorps VISTA year of service, for you and for others?

Getting to know my community and making a difference.

Any thoughts or inspiration about what you want to do next after your VISTA year?

I’d like to continue to focus on community health improvement in small town communities and work with children with school health and wellness projects and exercise to help decrease child obesity.

On a personal note, what was the last book you read?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

Last, what’s your favorite film? 

50 First Dates.

Contact information:

Wasco County MRC members can reach Andrea Pena:


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