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As part of a larger design thinking project, the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program co-created two models of instructor engagement with instructors across its HPOG 1.0 grantees: The World Café and Designing with Stakeholders.  A number of HPOG programs volunteered to pilot these methods in their program to (1) improve collaboration between instructors and HPOG staff, and (2) engage instructors in devising innovative strategies to improve student persistence.  The publication “Using the World Café to Improve Instructor Engagement: A Guide for Health Profession Opportunity Grants Programs” describes the World Café pilot projects and the experiences of the grantees who participated.


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.

The HPOG program serves participants who are diverse in age, gender, native language, cultural background, and geographic location.

This blog post was published in the original HPOG Blog on February 4, 2015.

Josselin Maceda transformed the negative forces in her life into inspiration that fueled her passion to succeed. Her engagement with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County Visit disclaimer page is a true Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program success story.

The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium Inc.’s HPOG Buffalo program Visit disclaimer page offers training for high-demand healthcare occupations to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and low-income adults.

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 Program Visit disclaimer page , funded by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program.

Shantia, a young woman in Toledo, Ohio, used a Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program to help make her own luck and develop her own opportunity for a better life.

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 2013 Compendium of Promising Practices captures some of the unique or innovative practices that grantees have identified as strategies that are important to their programs.

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.