A Look at Three Years of Health Profession Training Programs
By Hilary Forster, Social Science Research Analyst, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
In its first three years of operation, the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program has served 24,558 participants across 23 states, 32 grantees, and five tribal organizations by funding training in high-demand healthcare professions for low-income individuals. As we look at the program’s progress through its third year, we see that many program participants experienced positive training and employment outcomes.
Most HPOG participants (81 percent) participated in a healthcare training course and some (16 percent) participated in multiple trainings. The most common training courses included those for:
- nursing assistant, aide, orderly, attendant
- licensed practical and vocational nurse
- registered nurse
- medical records and health information technician, and medical assistant
Over 90 percent of participants received support services to help them succeed, including:
- case management and counseling services
- financial assistance with tuition, books, and fees
- assistance with transportation or child care
- employment placement and retention assistance
Of the 64 percent who began the program unemployed, 26 percent got healthcare jobs and 10 percent got non-healthcare jobs during or at program exit.
Of those employed in a non-healthcare job when beginning the program, 25 percent found employment in the healthcare sector during the program or at exit. Additionally, 21 percent of the 3,700 participants who started with a healthcare job experienced a wage increase.
Employment and Wage Progression Over First 3 Years of The Program
These are just some findings from the examination of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program’s operations, participant activity and outcomes. We will continue to report on the program through 2015, monitoring its progress toward the goals of demonstrating new ways to increase the supply of healthcare workers while creating vocational opportunities for low-income adults.