A substantial skills gap exists between the education and training of the labor force and the needs of employers in many high growth industries, including healthcare and manufacturing. This gap results in unemployment while good paying jobs go unfilled. At the same time, many low-skilled adults persist in low wage work with little opportunity for advancement.
Career pathways programs, like the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Bridge to Employment in the Healthcare Industry Program, are an approach to fill a vital need for skilled workers in the economy and offer low-wage workers the opportunity to obtain occupational and other skills and advance into the middle class.
The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program funds training programs in high-demand healthcare professions, targeted to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals.
This report describes how grantees of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program used the Performance Reporting System and other sources of performance information to manage their programs, identify areas in need of change, and make programmatic improvements.
The report is based on a review of documents such as grantee performance progress reports, a survey of HPOG program directors, and interviews with a subset of these directors that took place starting in December 2014.
The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program was established by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) to provide training programs in high-demand health care professions to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals.
This Annual Report offers a snapshot of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program at the end of its second year of operation. The report provides an overview of HPOG grantees, characteristics of participants, activities in which participants were engaged, training and employment outcomes, and how grantee programs continued to evolve in the second year of the program. The report was developed as part of the HPOG Implementation, Systems and Outcome Project, which is being led by Abt Associates in partnership with the Urban Institute.
Visit OPRE’s website to learn about the design of the evaluation to assess implementation, systems change, and outcomes of the 27 non-tribal HPOG 1.0 Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) programs awarded in 2010. You can also access all reports on the evaluation on this website.
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.