Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is an anti-poverty program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA provides opportunities for Americans 18 years or older from a diverse range of backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service with an organization (“sponsor”) to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty.
AmeriCorps VISTA’s mission is “to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.”
The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health currently hosts two VISTA positions:
VISTA Rural & Veteran Health
From your base in Salt Lake City, you will work with our team and community partners to expand a recently launched educational loan repayment program for behavioral health specialists and develop a system to measure the program’s impact on Utah’s behavioral health workforce shortages. You will also increase healthcare access for veterans residing in rural areas of the state by developing and disseminating resources and information for Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, and other local healthcare facilities.
The Rural & Veteran Health position will: 1) develop & implement a plan to expand the Behavioral Health Workforce Loan Repayment program to rural areas; 2) develop & implement a system to measure the impact of the newly launched loan repayment program on behavioral health workforce retention in participating sites; 3) develop & provide educational resources for rural clinics and hospitals to distribute to their rural veteran patient population; 4) assess the Rural Veterans’ Health Access Program’s sub-grant program, and recommend improvements; and 5) take on other assignments that support OPCRH’s mission to improve access to quality health care in rural and underserved communities.
VISTA Health Provider Data
Working from the Utah Department of Health’s main office in Salt Lake City, you will collaborate with Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (OPCRH) colleagues to improve OPCRH’s understanding of the nature of Utah’s health workforce shortages and develop potential strategies to address the identified challenges. Additionally, you will help to improve the quality of policy and research information available for OPCRH’s rural partners and stakeholders.
The Health Provider positions will: 1) ensure data quality of Utah’s health professional workforce data as it relates to Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designations; 2) develop a system to routinely track and monitor the HPSA designations in the state; 3) track federal and state policy developments affecting the viability of rural healthcare facilities and workforce, and 4) track and disseminate information on rural health research topics relevant to OPCRH’s partners and stakeholders.
As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you will receive benefits to support you as you make a difference in communities across Utah. More details can be found here.
AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program must:
- Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
- Pass a national service criminal history check
- Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens and persons residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status.