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  • Creating Solutions Together: Design Thinking, The Office of Family Assistance and 3 Grantees

    As part of a project supported by the HHS IDEA LAB, OFA tested design thinking’s utility as a creative problem solving approach for social service organizations with three of its grantees. After introducing the grantees to design thinking, the organizations learned the methodology by using it to solve a challenge of their choice. The publication, “Creating Solutions Together:  Design Thinking, The Office of Family Assistance and 3 Grantees,” captures the process used and the grantees’ experience and reflections on the project. Not familiar with design thinking? At its heart, design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem-solving. It consists of a set of tools that focus on empathy for the end-user in the creation and consideration of any solution.
  • Navigating TANF and WIA to Build Health Profession Career Pathways - A Guide for HPOG Programs

    This report is designed to help programs funded under HPOG understand the policies, constraints, and pressures affecting key partners. It describes key differences between Federal welfare, workforce, and education programs, with a focus on performance accountability, and provides essential information about these programs that HPOG-funded organizations should have as they approach their partner agencies.
  • Health Profession Opportunity Grant and TANF Partnerships: Lessons Learned in Engaging TANF Participants

    The HPOG program recently published a paper to share the successful strategies our grantees have used in engaging TANF participants.  While this paper offers peer technical assistance for HPOG grantees, its contents are relevant to other workforce development, training, and educational institutions that serve TANF recipients.  It includes a checklist of effective strategies based on the experiences of six HPOG grantees and their TANF agency partners.
  • Using Labor Market Information to Design Job-Driven Training Programs

    The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program released a paper on how to use labor market data to understand and respond to employer demands.  It contents support multiple elements of the Job-Driven Training Checklist, unveiled by Vice President Biden, including Engaging Employers, Smart Choices, Measurement Matters and Stepping Stones. The paper offers an 8-step approach to utilizing and understanding labor market information.
  • Basic Skills Webinar: Emerging Instructional Models and Strategies for Adult Basic Learners

    Low reading, math, and other adult basic skills represent a principal barrier to recruitment and success of healthcare education programs. To address this issue, Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) programs should provide innovative approaches to adult basic skills education so that lower-skilled individuals can enroll in the program and go on to enter and complete post-secondary training. The HPOG program offered a public webinar showcasing innovative approaches to adult basic skills education on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Meredith Larson and Heidi Silver-Pacuilla from the U.S. Department of Education presented findings from an international assessment of basic skills and discussed promising instructional models for providing adult basic skills education. Julie Strawn from Abt Associates discussed why innovative basic skills strategies are critical to success in healthcare training programs and highlighted key research findings that point toward promising strategies.
  • Grant Closeout and No-Cost Extensions Webinar

    The HPOG team hosted a Grant Closeout and No-Cost Extensions Webinar for HPOG program directors on June 9, 2015. During this webinar, Stan Koutstaal, OFA Program Manager for HPOG, and Tim Chappelle, Office of Grants Management, discussed financial requirements and reviewed documents and timelines required for no-cost extensions, financial closeout, and final reports with current HPOG grantees.
  • Health Profession Opportunity Grants: Summary of Interim Outcomes

    This brief summarizes key findings from the Interim Outcome Study Report: National Implementation Evaluation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals report, released in 2014. Findings come from administrative data collected through the HPOG Performance Reporting System one year after program enrollment. Information provided includes characteristics of the typical HPOG participant, types of training courses enrollees participated in, types of support services participants received, and participants’ outcomes.
  • 2015 Compendium of Success Stories

    The 2015 Compendium of Success Stories captures inspiring journeys of program participants and showcases the transformations they experienced through HPOG. Grantees identified stories, with full consent from each individual participant to share her or his name and story. These accounts provide a small glimpse of the effect HPOG has had on its participants and bring to life the data collected about the HPOG program.
  • Programs & Participants Infographic

    This new infographic visually depicts HPOG's programs and participants as reported in the Descriptive Implementation and Outcome Study Report National Implementation Evaluation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals recently released by OPRE.