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National Volunteer Week: April 10-16, 2016
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The Public Health Division honors all Oregonian volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Thank you for your service and dedication to helping Oregon to be a healthier and happier place.

Oregonian volunteers provide critical support in our communities, whether donating time and energy with the local food bank, organizing neighborhood clean ups, or conducting research on critical public health issues. Volunteers help us meet current needs and improve our future prospects. They provide inspiration and leadership. They make a difference.

Volunteers within the Public Health Division share their time and talent to serve Oregon’s communities and support our public health mission of a healthy Oregon.

AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project

Through our AmeriCorps VISTA project, 25 new public health professionals are serving full time in the Public Health Division, health departments and nonprofit organizations around the state. They facilitate community partnerships, support outreach, coordinate agency accreditation, and lead many other initiatives that build the capacity of their communities to fight poverty through public health programs. VISTA volunteers served a total of 45,885 hours over the past year (March 2015 through February 2016).

State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (SERV-OR)

Over 2,500 licensed healthcare providers are registered volunteers for disasters and public health emergencies as part of the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR), a statewide network of state and local programs that verifies the identity, licenses, and credentials of health professionals before an emergency happens.

Ten SERV-OR volunteers worked with the Public Health Division in collaboration with the local community for 14 weeks after the tragic shootings at Umpqua Community College on October 1, 2015 to provide free counselling services. The volunteers who answered the call for assistance from the Health Security Preparedness and Response program were a mix of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist, a Licensed Professional Councilor and a Registered Nurse. SERV-OR volunteers provided nearly 200 cognitive behavioral therapy sessions for community members who needed immediate services and contributed over 1700 hours of volunteer service.

School-Based Dental Sealant Program

Twenty-one volunteers support the Oregon School-based Dental Sealant Program as dental assistants, helping us reduce tooth decay among school aged children and surpass the Healthy People 2020 target for dental sealants for 6- to 9-year-olds.

De La Salle High School Work Study

The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) section partners with De La Salle North High School’s work study program where four students (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) are placed in a full-time, job-share position. HPCDP fosters a learning environment for students to develop technical and professional skills while gaining exposure to public health foundations and practices. The students graduate from high school with the equivalent of a full year of work experience in a professional setting.

Across the Public Health Division

Over 30 volunteers and interns work directly with Public Health Division programs. In every center these individuals help us to conduct crucial work in order to achieve our goals and provide excellent service to Oregonians. Over the past year, PHD volunteers have logged over 3500 hours of service.

Learn more about these programs

Public Health Division Volunteers
Tracy Candela

AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project
Eric Gebbie
State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon – SERV-OR
DeWayne Hatcher
(971) 673-1038
De La Salle Work Study Program
Kirsten Aird