Job & Internship Opportunities

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UPDATED: November 23, 2020

Patient Services Coordinator

Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Portland/Washington County
Position Description: The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a dynamic and growing non-profit organization dedicated to research, advocacy, and patient and medical education as we work toward a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and support those impacted by psoriatic disease. Headquartered in Portland, OR, the Foundation is seeking a full time Patient Services Coordinator for our Patient Navigation Center. The Navigation Center program provides personalized support for individuals living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis as well as their caregivers. The goal of the program is to improve health outcomes for our patient population.We are seeking a standout individual to serve as one of our Patient Navigators and provide health and access information to patients via phone, e-mails, chat and written correspondence. As a Navigator, you are a source of information, support, and encouragement for those you serve. You guide patients to become actively engaged in their health care and enable them to achieve better disease management results with their health care team. Job Education / Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree with two+ years related experience in health education/promotion, community health, social work, or healthcare office setting;Working knowledge of medical and insurance terminology, hospital / provider referral protocols, medical insurance plans, billing, and regulations;Experience in conveying health-related information via phone, email or chat is highly valued;Ability to learn, understand and relay health and treatment information to constituents;Excellent verbal and written communications skills, good attention to detail and multi-tasking skills;Empathetic and able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people;Self-motivated, diplomatic, tactful and a team player;Ability to keep sensitive information confidential;Bilingual candidates (fluent in English and Spanish) are highly valued. Application Instructions: Please forward a cover letter with salary requirement and your resume to: Human Resources, National Psoriasis Foundation, Link:, 6600 SW 92nd Ave, Ste 300, Portland, OR 97223, E-mail [email protected]
Duties & Responsibilities: Job responsibilities include:Answering questions and providing resources on disease information and treatment options;Assisting patients from across the country with health insurance issues, such as appealing insurance denials and applying for disability;Counseling patients on their insurance coverage benefits and insurance plan selections;Connecting patients with available resources including financial assistance options for their treatment and insurance costs;Managing a database of cases with regular data entry on correspondence and progress toward disease management goals;Maintaining follow-up with callers on health outcomes and resolution of their challenges in accessing care;Connecting patients with other NPF services, programs and events;Assessing the needs of individual callers to determine the best means to impact their health outcomes in a positive way.
The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here.
Closing Date:11/27/2020

Public Health Analyst

Agency: OR - ID High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Position Description: The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) is seeking a qualified individual to fill an 18-month employment grant funded Public Health Analyst (PHA) position. This is a non-law enforcement, non-investigative position. The PHA position is an essential component of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Mission, Vision and Goals and will be required to participate in all Oregon-Idaho HIDTA’s National Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) activities and projects. HIDTA2 is a federally funded program under the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which provides funding, training, intelligence sharing, and analytical support to law enforcement drug operations in designated areas of the state. Each HIDTA serves as a force-multiplier in their region, leveraging resources and partnering agencies toward a common goal. The ORS3 is an initiative designed to enhance public health-public safety collaboration and strengthen efforts to reduce drug overdose deaths. The ORS is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ONDCP to help communities reduce fatal and non-fatal drug overdose rates by improved information sharing across public health and public safety agencies, and by supporting evidence-based intervention. The ORS places PHAs and Drug Intelligence Officers (DIOs) in states to work collaboratively with various local, state, and federal agencies. The PHA and DIO gather, analyze, and disseminate vital information about substance use with a focus on actionable intelligence, trend information, and best practices for developing evidence-based responses to the drug overdose situation in their area. The PHA position will be based out of the contractor’s home or business office or at a HIDTA initiative location within a HIDTA designated county in Oregon. The PHA will facilitate interagency, public health-public safety collaborations, and distribute drug-related intelligence throughout Oregon in coordination with the other HIDTA ORS PHAs. This position will support efforts of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA, Oregon Health Authority, county public health agencies throughout Oregon, and other key partners in the development and implementation of drug overdose information sharing systems and evidence-based prevention programs.
Duties & Responsibilities: POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: The Oregon PHA is an independent contractor that is responsible to the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Director and Executive Board on ORS related issues. The PHA will: Facilitate data sharing and joint initiatives between public health and public safety agencies and organizations that are designed to address illicit drug use and overdose.Collaborate with the Oregon DIO to build partnerships between local HIDTA program(s) and public health jurisdictions.Support projects that enhance public health/public safety collaborations through the identification of appropriate local partners, qualitative and quantitative data collection, and dissemination of project findings.Identify and promote promising overdose prevention interventions at the intersection of public health and public safety in Oregon.Develop specialized knowledge of significant drug use and overdose related datasets in Oregon.Support and evaluate public safety-led interventions designed to connect people who use drugs to care and treatment.Conduct overdose, drug use, and drug availability related data analyses on behalf of partner agencies, as needed.Present to diverse audiences on overdose trends and local response efforts.Travel domestically as needed to represent the project (less than 20% travel anticipated).
The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here.
Closing Date: 11/30/2020

Nutrition Assistant

Job Type: Full-Time
Agency: Clackamas County
Department: Clackamas County's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
Location: Oregon City
Position Description: Clackamas County's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is seeking a Nutrition Assistant to join our team. The Nutrition Assistant provides participant-centered nutrition and breastfeeding information, education, and counseling to WIC participants. In addition, this position assesses participant nutrition status and eligibility for the WIC Supplemental Food Program.
Duties & Responsibilities: Duties may include but are not limited to the following:Conducts nutrition assessments and provides nutrition counseling to clients; screens for health and nutritional risk factors and special nutritional needs of women, infants and children; develops individual nutrition plans determined by client’s abilities, lifestyle, budget and culture; refers clients to other services; advocates breastfeeding and provides breastfeeding related assessment, education and referrals.Determines and certifies client eligibility for the WIC federal supplemental food program; screens clients for income and residency eligibility; counsels eligible clients on program compliance, procedures and services; determines, issues and explain food benefits.Provides nutrition and breastfeeding education to WIC clients; plans and develops nutrition education experiences and activities; teaches groups on nutrition-related health issues, feeding guidelines, shopping, food preparation and storage; plans and teaches WIC breastfeeding classes; produces nutrition educational materials, handouts and newsletters for clients.Performs diagnostic procedures to screen for nutritional health problems; administers blood hemoglobin tests; weighs, measures, and interprets growth charts for pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children; enters data into state data system.Documents individual client nutrition plans according to federal, state and local requirements; documents client’s health progress; schedules follow-up appointments; refers high-risk clients to Nutritionist.
The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here.
Closing Date:12/09/2020

Associate Research Scientist

Job Type: Research
Agency: Providence Health & Services
Department: Center for Outcomes Research & Education (CORE)
Location: Portland, OR
Position Description: We are seeking a Associate Research Scientist - Center for Outcomes Research and Education that will design research projects, develops partnerships, and acts in the role of co-investigator on health services research projects. They provide leadership for small grant and contract-based studies and collaborate with other scientists and managers from a variety of disciplines, both within and external to Providence Health & Services.
Duties & Responsibilities: In this position you will have the following responsibilities:Develop and implement research plans and protocols to accomplish specific scientific objectives, including drafting proposals, concept papers, budgets, and scopes of workBuild interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations with scientists and managers from a variety of disciplines, within and beyond Providence Health System, including funders and academic, government, policy, and community-based centers Supervise, direct, and evaluate project staff as needed to complete projects, including analytical, project management, and support staff teams Maintain and grow expertise by: keeping up with current knowledge of literature in ongoing and proposed research projects; developing methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for solving research problems and answering research questions; and participating in formal development opportunities such as conferences, seminars, professional associations, and academic appointments Summarize, interpret and document data Formally report research results including publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting to funders and partners.
The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here.
Closing Date: 12/31/2020

Public Health Nurse II – Public Health

Job Type: Public Health Nurses
Agency: Clark County - Vancouver, WA
Department: Public Health
Location: Vancouver, WA
Position Description: The Public Health Nurse II works in a population-based practice setting in Clark County. The position emphasizes health promotion, prevention of health problems, and harm reduction strategies. Activities may be focused on the individual, the community, or the systems level, depending on how the issue may best be addressed. Public Health Nurses often work with people of diverse cultures, ethnicities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.An online application is required. Salary Grade: Local 335.391 ($29.63 - $38.68) per hour
Duties & Responsibilities: The ideal candidate will have the following strengths:Skills:•Strong organizational and record keeping skills.•Demonstrated skills in disease investigation and partner services.•Strong interpersonal skills.•Work in an environment with individuals who may have diverging opinions and viewpoints.•Able to recognize and challenge discrimination and other myths in working across the department and throughout the county•Apply understanding and knowledge of cultural differences and similarities when working with diverse populations.•Establish and maintain formal and informal relational networks to improve the health of individuals within the community and their access to services.•Use communication models to communicate with individuals, families, and groups effectively and as a member of the interprofessional team(s) or interdisciplinary partnerships.•Determine the health, literacy, and the health literacy of populations served to guide health promotion and disease prevention activities.•Apply critical thinking and cultural awareness to all communication modes (i.e., verbal, non-verbal, written & electronic) with individuals, groups, and community partners.
The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. 
Closing Date: 12/31/2020

Research Manager

Job Type: Program Evaluation
Agency: OHSU
Department: Casey Eye Institute - Domestic and International Outreach
Location: Portland, OR 
Position Description" Research manager to oversee domestic and international ophthalmology outreach program evaluation and research projects at Casey Eye Institute, OHSU.
Duties & Responsibilities: Organize and support the scientific efforts of the research team for all on domestic outreach projects.Provide day to day oversight and coordination of team engaged in design of research and evaluation initiatives to end blindness in Oregon. Gather relevant data to direct specific outreach activities.Maintain timeline for grants, publications, and new funding opportunities.Facilitate internal and external collaborations as needed with scientific experts to move the projects forward.Assist in the dissemination of the team’s research findings to the scientific community by monitoring the progress of publications and presentations.Oversee compliance with the regulations and guidelines (e.g., OHSU IRB, all other state, federal, and institutional regulatory agencies)Assist with design and then manage research protocols as directed by Medical Director.Maintain grant accounts and budget limitations, and ensure compliance with granting agency guidelines.Maintain timeline for grant submissions, develop program and evaluation plans.Develop instrumentation and perform data collection and oversee or conduct analysis for program evaluation.Prepare oral and poster presentations for team on projects.Provide day to day supervision of resident and medical student research projects.Participate in national research and policy efforts aimed at the prevention of blindness as Directed by Medical Director.Manuscript preparation and submission.Supervise and assign work to interns, students, and data collectors, monitor progress, alert PI, and take corrective action where needed to ensure data quality.
The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. 
Closing Date:12/31/2020

Community Health Nurse Supervisor (PT)

Job Type:Supervisor
Agency: Columbia County
Department: Public Health
Location: Saint Helens
Position Description: COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE SUPERVISOR , Public Health Department. This position is part-time at 20-25 hours per week. The working schedule is flexible but requires weekend work, preferably 8 hours on Saturday/Sunday and 2-4 hours on Monday and Friday to transition weekend information. SALARY:$30-$40 per hour, depending on experience. PERS paid position. This position will be OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Applications will be considered as they are submitted and the recruitment closed when filled. Applications will only be accepted via online submission. To apply, Applicants MUST submit the Columbia County application form. To be considered in the recruitment process, online instructions must be followed for completing and submitting the application. Email completed application, and any other requested document(s), to [email protected]
Duties & Responsibilities: DUTIES: Oversee and coordinate needed duties on weekend day shifts for the Public Health Department. This involves providing supervision to contact tracers and monitoring and managing the County’s COVID response on weekend rotation. This position does not provide direct care.TO QUALIFY:Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university. At least four years of work experience as a Registered Nurse. Preference for prior experience working with community health programs.Prefer working knowledge of:•Public Health Laws and Oregon Administrative Rules.•Communicable disease prevention, outbreak investigation, and response.•Health communications strategies and best practices.Prefer a demonstrated ability to:•Analyze, interpret and communicate complex medical, public health, and communicable disease terminology.•Establish and maintain effective working relationships with workplaces, schools, and local clinics at all times.•Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.•Act professionally with regard to code of ethics and confidentiality.•Work independently as well as in a team setting. 
The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here. 
Closing Date: 12/31/2020

Public Health Evaluator

Job Type: Full Time TLT
Agency: Public Health - Seattle & King County
Department: Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation (APDE)
Location: Seattle USA
Position Description: Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. Public Health – Seattle and King County is seeking to hire two (2) Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) Social Research Scientists to perform professional, independent, creative, equity-driven, and highly skilled process and impact evaluation work. The Social Research Scientist will use participatory approaches to evaluate a dynamic portfolio of public health initiatives (such as Best Starts for Kids or policies and programs to address chronic disease and injury prevention) to improve health equity in King County.The work includes leading evaluations using qualitative and quantitative methods in practice and community settings. For example, this means working with racially/ethnically diverse communities, among other communities. Collaborations occur across epidemiologists, program managers, community and academic partners, other King County agencies, and elected officials.

Duties & Responsibilities: Co-design evaluation plans and implement evaluations with community and government partners, including identifying appropriate methods to answer evaluation questions. Implement mixed-methods evaluations, including conducting focus groups, key informant interviews, surveys, and other methods. Provide training and technical assistance to community partners in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Manage external evaluations conducted with community partners. Disseminate and share results in community settings to facilitate learning. Disseminate results in a style suitable for a wide variety of audiences, including parents, youth, school staff and leadership, elected officials, research scientists, and funders. Manage projects efficiently in an environment of shifting priorities with time and budget constraints, and with multiple stakeholders. Perform other duties as assigned.
The complete position description, including application instructions, can be found here.
Closing Date: 02/12/2021

 Volunteer Internship Opportunities - Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Public Health Division periodically offers volunteer internships in public health, education, policy, communications, and related areas.

If you are interested in volunteering or obtaining an internship at the Public Health Division:

  • E-mail Catherine Moyer at: [email protected] with a copy of your resume and letter of interest.
  • Specify the time frame you are available.
  • We will contact prospective volunteers or interns as opportunities become available.

Click here for more information about volunteer internship opportunities around Oregon with OHA.