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Are you between the ages of 15 - 19 and interested in having a say in the future of public health in Oregon ? Please apply to our OHA'S Youth Advisory Council!
Vea la “Convocatoria Para La Solicitud Del Consejo Asesor De Jóvenes Del Oregon Health Authority" en español: Aquí
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is looking for youth leaders to join a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) for the 2023-2024 school year. The YAC that has been working to support schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) in partnership with schools in their recovery from the impact of COVID-19. During the 2022-2023 school year, 20 youth from across Oregon informed OHA on how to spend $1,000,000 in COVID-19 Recovery Funds for schools.
During the 2023-2024 school year, the YAC will:
OHA is committed to seeking participation on this council from youth from communities most impacted by health inequities, including youth of color, youth from tribal communities, youth with disabilities, youth experiencing housing instability, youth from immigrant communities, and youth who are LGTBQ2SIA+. OHA will provide the youth advisory council with the overarching goal to advance health equity through their work. OHA defines health equity as:
“Oregon will have established a health system that creates health equity when all people can reach their full health potential and well-being and are not disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, language, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, intersections among these communities or identities, or other socially determined circumstances.
Achieving health equity requires the ongoing collaboration of all regions and sectors of the state, including tribal governments to address: The equitable distribution or redistribution of resources and power; and recognizing, reconciling and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices."
Youth are encouraged to apply
here by July 3rd.
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A youth advisory council (YAC) is a youth-led decision-making and service body that helps an organization make decisions affecting youth. YACs can have different structures, compositions, and decision-making authority – but the goal is to empower youth to lead policy and program development. Here are a couple of short videos describing example YACs across the state and country:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6HZvS61eJY (Hillsboro, OR)
- https://comicrelief.org/youth-advisory-council (Comic Relief)
- https://vimeo.com/226931555 (Muskegon County, MI)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1x4aLalotQ&t=1s (More general explanation of government board and commissions, including youth advisory committee in Tigard, OR)
OHA will appoint up to 25 youth to serve on the YAC from July 2023 to July 2024 (13 months). Youth will be expected to:
Youth who serve on the Youth Advisory Council will receive:
June 6th: Applications Open
July 3rd: Applications Close
July 24th-28th: Interviews Scheduled
August 14th: Appointment Notices and Notices of CBO Partnership Funding sent
August 24th: First meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Youth Advisory Council
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