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  • HPOG Success Story: Sagal at Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

    Published: June 21, 2019
    A Seattle mother shapes a new life through her passion for healthcare. February 2013 was a month of change for Sagal, a single mother of two who found herself starting over in Seattle, WA. She arrived in the city with her young children after separating from her husband. Wasting no time, Sagal went to the local TANF office on her second day to meet with a caseworker. She walked out with information that would transform the quality of life for her family forever. At the TANF office, she learned of Health Careers for All (HCA) run by the Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Seattle-King County under the first round of the Health Professions Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0). In March 2013, Sagal was accepted to HCA. By April, she joined the nursing cohort at South Seattle College (South), working to complete the courses needed to join the licensed practical nurse (LPN) program. She was quick to adapt to the fast-paced environment, but had concerns about how to balance caring for her children, maintaining a steady income, and schoolwork. She moved off TANF benefits when she found a job as a bilingual medical translator, earing $500 monthly. That job allowed her to work from home and spend more time with her children.
  • HPOG Success Story: Sophia at Zepf Center

    Published: June 21, 2019
    Sophia’s story is familiar yet still isolating. Financial struggles forced her into a vicious cycle of living paycheck to paycheck with a bleak future. She described her situation as slipping into survival mode. “I wasn’t living. I was in survival mode. I was focused on working a low-paying job to just barely make rent each month and then doing it all over again the next month. It’s a very hard cycle to break, it’s like running in place as fast as you can but going nowhere. In the end, I was just tired and worn out, but I kept doing it every day because I had no choice.” After learning about the Zepf Center’s HPOG program, Northwest Ohio Pathway to Healthcare Careers (NOPHC), from OhioMeansJobs Lucas County Center, Sophia realized she did have choices. Selflessly, she initially called looking for employment information for a family member, but instead, her own life took a turn. By March 2016, she had completed an HPOG Interest Survey and was randomly assigned into the Treatment group, which she was not expecting. She celebrated with a “happy dance” once she was given a small glimpse of what her future could hold.
  • HPOG Success Story: Tony at Edmonds Community College

    Published: June 21, 2019
    A new start is never easy, but for Tony, it was worth it. Tony was living in Alaska, working as a Patient Care Technician at a regional hospital after serving four years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. At this time, his life at home became stressful. His teenage son developed a chemical dependency and became homeless. Soon after, his wife divorced him. Feeling powerless, he moved to Washington State to be closer to his father. Tony hoped his move would be a fresh start, but he dealt with blow after blow. His military training was not accredited for licensure as a healthcare professional in the State of Washington. He felt locked out of healthcare and took a job at a gypsum recycling plant that was 60 miles away. That winter he was injured on the job, and his father’s health quickly declined. On a snowy day, his truck went into a spin and crashed into a guardrail. With no transportation, he had to quit his job. After two months of unemployment, Tony walked into the local WorkSource office for help with his résumé. He had no intention of going back to school, but he walked out of the office excited about the Creating Access To Careers in Healthcare (CATCH) program.
  • HPOG Success Story: Uriah at Cook Inlet Tribal Council

    Published: June 21, 2019
    Sometimes the child becomes the parent. Uriah Keith’s mother was only 15 years old when he was born. His childhood in Anchorage Alaska lacked stability and structure due to his mother’s battle with alcohol addiction. Eventually, Uriah and his sister were removed from her custody, and he had to grow up very fast. Not wanting to follow in his mother’s footsteps, Uriah enrolled in the Alaska Military Youth Academy (AMYA), hoping to find a disciplined and well-structured environment. Shortly after graduating from the AMYA, he and his young girlfriend learned they were expecting a child of their own. He joined the Alaska Army National Guard to provide for his growing family. Soon after joining, he broke his ankle during a routine training exercise. His doctor prescribed OxyContin for the pain, starting him on a path to drug abuse. After his drug use came to light, he lost his position in the National Guard. He spent time as a commercial fisherman, which allowed him to maintain his drug habit and support his son. After an eye-opening moment, Uriah realized he had to choose between his addiction and his family. His son won. He soon found himself at The Salvation Army Alaska Adult Rehabilitation program. His Recovery Counselor, CB, was a former addict who gave Uriah hope. After a relapse, he turned to Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Ernie Turner Center for recovery assistance, where he met the team at Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) HPOG.
  • TANF-ACF-IM-2019-01 (State Work Participation Rates for FY 2018)

    Published: June 21, 2019
    Work Participation Rates for FY 2018
  • Work Participation Rates - Fiscal Year 2018

    Published: June 17, 2019
    Summary Table for Work Participation Rates and Engagement in Work Activities, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018
  • HPOG Promising Practice: South Carolina Department of Social Services, Employment Strategies – Education, Training, and Support

    Published: June 6, 2019
    Project HOPE, funded by the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program, provides education and training to low-income individuals in South Carolina to prepare them for well-paying careers in healthcare.
  • OFA Regional TANF Managers

    Published: May 31, 2019
    Regional Program Managers and their contact information.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Hostos Community College, Employment Strategies–Education, Training, and Support Services

    Published: May 30, 2019
    Hostos Community College proves that personalized case management and career services are the keys to successful employment in healthcare. For their Allied Health Career Pipeline Program, Hostos Community College utilizes a three-phase case management approach to ensure successful outcomes: Orientation to Training, Completion to Career Services, and Career Services to Employment. By focusing on student engagement and individual case management throughout the program, students are motivated, supported, and empowered to achieve their goals.
  • HPOG Promising Practice: Pima County Community College, Partnership and Employment Strategies

    Published: May 24, 2019
    Pima Community College’s HPOG HOPES program trains low-income residents of Pima County, Arizona in the field of healthcare. HOPES offers entry to education by providing tuition and personalized support services. As demand for skilled employees in healthcare rises, so does the number of HOPES participants.