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Community Health Project Fellow

Come enjoy the idyllic mountains of southwestern Vermont while making an impact. Join the fight against the opioid epidemic by designing and implementing projects that address opioid use and its causes within the community. Gain healthcare experience and collaborate with a vibrant and energetic group of nonprofit partners while building your portfolio.

Utilize your unique skillset to design projects that prevent youth substance use, minimize overdose deaths, and support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder. This year-long position provides unique professional development opportunities and improvements to your resume while also creating sustainable tools to address substance use in Bennington County.

Work with an experienced VISTA supervisor to carry on work by prior VISTAs and create projects of your very own! Past VISTAs have designed texting platforms for individuals in recovery, managed medication take-back events, designed a curriculum for overdose prevention, collaborated with Bennington College students in a population health fellowship, and much more! Our VISTAs advance to prestigious graduate schools and excellent jobs upon completing their service year. 

Candidates must be ambitious and have the initiative to work independently and the grit to navigate complex and diverse community-based teams. Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated ability to use tools to manage projects (timelines, work plans, communication plans, etc.) and an understanding of the complex factors that affect substance use.

Bachelor’s degree required.

This position is an Americorps VISTA position. Americorps pays a modest living stipend based on your geographical location and year of service. Americorps also provides regular professional development training and opportunities. Upon completion of their service year, VISTAs are entitled to a $6,195 educational stipend or a $1,800 cash award. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center offers additional benefits.

Position is for one year starting August 19, 2020.