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  • Navigating Benefits Cliffs in HPOG (New)

    This paper offers real data to provide HPOG grantees and other workforce development projects with insight into career pathway strategies that may be overlooked. In particular, it explores a phenomenon referred to as "the benefits cliffs effect." It examines families that encounter benefits cliffs in eight states and describes strategies for working with HPOG participants and other low-income individuals to confront it.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc.–Education, Training, & Support Services; Partnership

    Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Buffalo at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium knows an investment in their clients is an investment in the future of upstate New York. HPOG Buffalo prepares participants for employment in healthcare jobs offering advancement opportunities through career pathways. They accomplish this through wrap-around support services provided by the program and a strong network of community partners. This collaboration allows for the delivery of results-oriented services to temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) recipients and low-income adults.
  • HPOG Promising Practice Action for a Better Community, Inc.–Recruitment; Education, Training, & Support Services

    The Rochester Health Professions Opportunity Grant (ROC-HPOG) program at Action for a Better Community Inc. is different from other HPOG programs. Located in Rochester, NY, the program is made up of partnering community organizations and educational institutes. This setup enables ROC-HPOG to host program information sessions and provide support services at multiple healthcare trainings locations throughout Monroe County. The program was designed this way so community agencies could recruit program participants, guide recruits to the appropriate training partner, and, eventually, employment.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Cankdeska Cikana Community College–Education, Training, & Support Services; Partnership

    In early 2019, the Cankdeska Cikana Community College Next Steps program partnered with the Spirit Lake Employment and Training Center (ETC) to create a dual training program. The dual program provides youth interested in healthcare the opportunity for additional skill development and employment potential while enhancing the reservation’s quality of healthcare services for its elder population. The collaboration offers participants of Next Steps’ existing certified nursing assistant (CNA) training and Spirit Lake’s individual qualified service provider (QSP) program to complete either or both certifications at the same time.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Edmonds College–Education, Training, & Support Services

    Whatcom Community College (WCC) added the Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare Grant (I-CATCH) program to their campus in October 2018. The I-CATCH program is open to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and low-income individuals looking for a new career in healthcare. WCC’s addition of I-CATCH opened training and support services to more people in Washington state. It also brought a new approach to I-CATCH participant coaching. The WCC I-CATCH program uses a student-centered coaching approach, which focuses on utilizing campus and community resources to fund and support students’ personal needs. The coaching also keeps employment in mind through every step of the student’s academic progression.
  • HPOG Participant Demographic Infographic

    Take a look at life outside the classroom for the average HPOG 2.0 participant at the time of enrollment with the newest infographic from HPOG.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: The WorkPlace, Inc.–Education, Training, & Support Services

    The Southwestern Connecticut Health CareeRx Academy at The WorkPlace, Inc. in Bridgeport, Connecticut uses hard data to bolster positive impacts related to healthcare training completion and employment. The Health CareeRx Academy partnered with Brandeis University’s Institute on Assets and Social Policy to analyze Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program data on career advancement in the healthcare field. Brandeis University studied the first round of HPOG participants (HPOG 1.0) and concluded that HPOG is very effective at getting people into an initial training and an entry-level healthcare job, but the model for career advancement needed to shift. Confusion about projected rates and paths of growth in certain healthcare jobs impacted the training participants chose. This led to some participants dropping out of training before completing or attempting to switch to a new field.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Pima Community College–Education, Training, & Support Services

    Pima County Community College supports community healthcare and workforce needs through the Health Career Opportunities with Personalized Education Supports (HOPES) program. Funded by a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG), HOPES provides training in high-demand healthcare fields to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. Throughout the years, HOPES lives up to its namesake with continued participant success.
  • HPOG Success Story: Janie at Volunteers of America Texas

    Janie grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Houston, Texas. The trailer park she lived in was constantly filled with yelling, anger, and alcohol-fueled bouts of rage from her parents. Her parents never had steady employment, nor did they provide Janie with the basic necessities she needed as a child. Janie learned about Volunteers of America Texas Health Professions Opportunity Grants (HPOG) at a recruitment event at a local community college. She listened carefully to the presentation about HPOG but was apprehensive about applying. She figured she had nothing to lose and applied in the fall of 2016.
  • HPOG Success Story: Nuvia at Action for a Better Community, Inc.

    Nuvia came to Rochester, New York from Cuba where she worked as a registered nurse (RN). Coming to America as a refugee was exciting but not without conflict and challenges. When she relocated with her husband and two children, she did not speak English well and needed to find employment to support her family. Nuvia applied for many entry-level jobs in the healthcare field and at local restaurants, but she was turned away each time. She was not ready to give up on her goals of helping her family reach self-sufficiency. Nuvia knew that improving her English was the first step. In October 2017, she enrolled in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class at the Office of Adult and Career Education Services (OACES). OACES is a recruitment partner for the ROC-HPOG: Rochester Health Profession Opportunity Grant Project, facilitated by Action for a Better Community, Inc. After enrolling in the ESOL program, Nuvia learned about ROC-HPOG from a classmate. She was very excited about the opportunity to have financial and emotional support from the ROC-HPOG team while training in the healthcare field. After meeting her navigator, Dr. Malalah, she felt that with HPOG’s help, she could once again work in the healthcare field. Working together, they devised a plan to get Nuvia back to work as a registered nurse.