Orisha Ali’s New York City life left her feeling like she was swimming upstream. Fortunately, she found her own conduit to success — a pipeline to her personal goals — through The Pipeline ProgramVisit disclaimer page , funded by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program.
The HPOG program serves participants who are diverse in age, gender, native language, cultural background, and geographic location. Their challenges include few employment opportunities, financial stress, personal medical issues, and caring for dependent family members. Despite these challenges, with HPOG assistance, all of these individuals have taken the first steps on their chosen career paths in occupations such as nursing, health information, and laboratory technology. The healthcare field is enriched by the resilience and determination these new employees bring from their own experience.
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.
Paulette Bush went through most of her life wondering just what her calling was. With the help of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, she was able to create a career from a desire to experience something more out of life.