Many Americans struggle to find jobs that pay enough for them to support their families and accomplish their dreams. At the same time, many healthcare employers struggle to find qualified staff with the training and technical expertise required to provide the high quality care their patients need.
The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG), administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, was created by Congress in 2010 to address these challenges. HPOG grantees provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for healthcare occupations that pay well and are in high demand. The program is responsive to community workforce needs and improves job prospects for hard-working adults, matching careers in a growing field with people who are eager to fill them. HPOG participants obtain higher education, training, and support services needed to secure positions that have opportunity for advancement and sustainability, ultimately leading these individuals on a pathway to financial self-sufficiency.
In 2010, ACF awarded the first round of HPOG grants to 32 organizations across 23 states for a five-year period. The second round of HPOG grants, HPOG 2.0, began in 2015, when ACF awarded new HPOG grants to 32 organizations across 21 states. HPOG 2.0 grantees are: ten higher education institutions, five tribal organizations, seven workforce system agencies, four state government agencies, and six community-based organizations.
HPOG participants enroll in a variety of training and education programs that result in an employer or industry recognized certificate or degree. The most common training programs include those for nurse aides, home health aides, licensed and vocational nurses, registered nurses, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, and phlebotomists. Many programs have been designed as career pathways – connecting progressive levels of education and training with employment opportunities.
HPOG at a Glance
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Federal Staff Contact Information
- Kailiah Thomas, Program Specialist
- Priscila Silva, Program Specialist
- Dvora Wilensky, Program Specialist
For questions concerning how to become an HPOG participant, please visit our Find HPOG Programs page, and contact an HPOG program near you. Each HPOG program sets its own eligibility and intake procedures. Each program operates in its own way, and offers different support services and healthcare training based on local need.
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