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This paper offers real data to provide HPOG grantees and other workforce development projects with insight into career pathway strategies that may be overlooked. In particular, it explores a phenomenon referred to as "the benefits cliffs effect." It examines families that encounter benefits cliffs in eight states and describes strategies for working with HPOG participants and other low-income individuals to confront it.

This paper will examine what deep employer engagement looks like and which elements of the HPOG Program and actions by grantees provided the incentive for employers to engage with the program and its participants. It will outline the nuts and bolts of several HPOG grantees’ employer partnerships and pull out promising practices.

This resource guide is a compilation of case studies and tools that were developed as part of the HPOG Employment Virtual Learning Cohort technical assistance. Participating grantees gathered virtually and completed employment-related action steps in consultation with a subject matter expert, culminating in an in-person capstone event. This guide is meant to help grantees advance more robust employer engagement and employment service practices.

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.

This report focuses on TANF recipients’ engagement and experiences in the HPOG Program, with the goal of helping understand how HPOG programs serve TANF recipients and developing hypotheses for further study.

Specifically, this report uses preliminary data to describe observed differences — and possible reasons for the differences — in the participation, outcomes, and experiences of two types of HPOG participants:

• Those receiving TANF benefits when they begin an HPOG program, and
• Those not receiving TANF when they begin an HPOG program

The report then addresses why TANF recipient participation levels vary across HPOG programs and identifies strategies programs used to engage the TANF population and work cooperatively with local TANF agencies.

The HPOG program recently published a paper on implementing apprenticeship 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.