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  • HPOG Promising Practice: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe–Education, Training, and Support Services (New)

    Health-Care Ute Project (HCUTE) uses Distance Education to connect rural, at-risk adult members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe with post-secondary education. Education options for reservation Natives are usually inaccessible and unfamiliar. The few tribal members who leave often find the experience culturally intimidating, and dropout rates are high. For those who succeed, they do not return to the reservation after accepting jobs in their field, which weakens the local infrastructure.
  • HPOG Success Story: Stacy at Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

    Stacy is a single mother of three children, one of whom has special needs and requires additional attention. Stacy dropped out of high school, and although she received her GED, she was always underemployed. The jobs she found had low wages, no opportunity for advancement, and inflexible scheduling, which made it difficult to tend to her son’s needs. Her family relied on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to survive. Stacy always dreamed of pursuing a career in healthcare but couldn’t afford it. In the spring of 2014, she saw a flyer for the HPOG-funded Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health (WATCH) Project and applied. Stacy had no idea how much it would change her family’s life. Stacy found success in the WATCH program and trained to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Once she finished training, she accepted a job paying $17 an hour. Stacy worked full time for two years before deciding to go back to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
  • HPOG Success Story: Amy at Cankdeska Cikana Community College

    Despite overwhelming circumstances, Amy did not give up. Amy, a member of the Spirit Lake Tribe, was raised in a single-parent household with four older brothers. She and her siblings grew up in poverty. They lived on the reservation with a father who was an alcoholic and a mother who struggled to work and put food on their table.
  • HPOG Success Story: Markeitah at Cook Inlet Tribal Council

    Markeitah is an Inupiaq Alaska Native. She had a tough childhood. Her mother passed away when she was young, leaving her father to raise her and her siblings. At 16, she had to quickly grow up when she became pregnant with her daughter, Zaelynn. Markeitah was determined to finish high school and go to college. She wanted to set a good example for her daughter. She enrolled in an alternative school for pregnant teens and eventually moved to New Jersey to finish her studies. Markeitah balanced being a mother, school, and work, and received her GED in 2017 at the age of 20. College brought on tough decisions for Markeitah. She decided to leave Zaelynn with her family in New Jersey and left to pursue school in Alaska. Her grandmother and aunt spoke very highly of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and told her about the CITC Health Profession Opportunity Program (HPOG) program, which led her to the Alaska Career College (ACC).
  • HPOG Success Story: Lindsay at the Community College of Allegheny County

    At the age of 18, Lindsay was living in a two-bedroom, section 8 apartment in Pittsburgh with her 4-year-old son. She became a single mom at the age of 14 and wanted a better life for her family. She struggled as a server in a restaurant, making only $2.83 per hour with tips. She took nursing prerequisite classes in the little spare time she had. She dreamed of becoming a nurse but struggled with childcare and transportation. She learned about the Pathway to Success in Healthcare HPOG program through the Community College of Allegheny County's (CCAC) website. Lindsay stated, "I knew I wanted to be successful but didn't have many resources to do so until I found HPOG. HPOG has changed my life in many ways." HPOG allowed her to put her son in a great daycare while she was in school so she could focus and have more time to study. They also provided a team of people to help Lindsay through the tough times, including Dave, her support specialist.
  • HPOG and TANF Program Partnerships

    Collaborative partnerships between Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) programs and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies build a foundation for empowerment and self-sufficiency through healthcare training and individualized support services.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Workforce Development Board SDA-83, Inc.–Education, Training, and Support Services/Partnership

    PHOCAS creates a collaborative support ecosystem to help rural students succeed. Working with rural populations presents unique challenges for workforce development programs. With individuals scattered over large geographic areas, administrators must come up with creative ways to reach participants who may live many miles from access points and have limited transportation options. The Northeast Louisiana Professional Healthcare Opportunities–Careers And Support (PHOCAS) Project has made its wrap-around services a key aspect of the support provided to its students.
  • HPOG Success Story: Sheyanna at Turtle Mountain Community College

    Sheyanna is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She spent her childhood moving around North Dakota to live with various family members. Unfortunately, she was abused by the people who were supposed to be caring for her. When she was 15, Sheyanna suffered the loss of a child. Struggling, she moved to Belcourt, ND to live with her absentee mother.   While living with her mother, Sheyanna cared for her younger siblings. Sheyanna focused on school, realizing that it could take her somewhere. She was homeless in high school and needed assistance from low-income programs for food and other necessities. Sheyanna worked hard to keep her grades up, but with all the distractions of life, she almost did not graduate.   After high school graduation, Sheyanna enrolled at Turtle Mountain Community College, and applied for Health Education Access through Rural Training (HEART) Project, funded by HPOG. HEART provided support when she needed it the most. She was able to keep up with her studies anywhere using the Surface Pro HEART gave her to do her homework. Often it was in her car. Despite her hardship, Sheyanna found time to take part in Student Senate at Turtle Mountain and volunteer. She did all this while working as a CNA to support herself.
  • HPOG Success Story: Ray-Lynn at the Kansas Department of Commerce

    In 2016, Ray-Lynn was working as a medical aide at a nursing home and was enrolled in nursing school. She struggled financially, finding it hard to pay for childcare. She knew her chosen field of healthcare held opportunity, but she didn’t know how she could afford both. She found out about the Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Program (KHPOP) through her nursing school peers and decided to apply.
  • HPOG Success Story: Mariela at Volunteers of America Michigan

    Those who come to Volunteers of America Michigan are often looking for a new lease on life. For many, this involves a change in career. Through the Volunteers of America Michigan HPOG (VOAMI HPOG) program, participants find a new livelihood in healthcare, one that sustains them and offers the opportunity for growth. Mariela is one such participant. She wanted a better life for her family and was doing everything she could to make it happen. She worked long hours as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and went to school full-time to fulfill her dream of becoming a registered nurse (RN). She balanced this with spending time with her husband and daughter.