A member of the Spirit Lake tribe, Margo spent much of her early life on the reservation working odd jobs to provide for herself and her family. During this time, she worked in customer service, early childhood education, and administration. She was content in these jobs but always wanted to return to school and earn a degree in a field that appealed to her.
Health-Care Ute Project (HCUTE) uses Distance Education to connect rural, at-risk adult members of the Ute Mountain Ute TribeVisit disclaimer page with post-secondary education. Education options for reservation Natives are usually inaccessible and unfamiliar. The few tribal members who leave often find the experience culturally intimidating, and dropout rates are high. For those who succeed, they do not return to the reservation after accepting jobs in their field, which weakens the local infrastructure.
Health Professions Opportunity Grants BuffaloVisit disclaimer page at the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium prepares individuals for employment in healthcare jobs offering advancement opportunities along a career ladder. Over the five years of the grant, HPOG Buffalo lost contact with many participants after they completed a healthcare training. Staff phone calls and emails to reach out to past participants went unanswered. HPOG Buffalo was ready to try something new.
The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Grantee Abstracts summarize annual award award amounts, organization types, service areas, target populations, five-year quantifiable projections, community partnerships, participant support services, and healthcare trainings offered.
Naomi found herself pregnant during her senior year of high school. Despite her pregnancy, she graduated at the top of her class, with a 3.7 GPA. Naomi started researching her options and went to an information session for certified nursing assistant (CNA) training at Louisiana Delta Community College. She knew she would need financial assistance, and at the session learned of the Northeast Louisiana Professional Healthcare Opportunities— Careers and Support Project (PHOCAS) program. Naomi applied and was selected for PHOCAS. She started CNA training at Louisiana Delta Community College in May 2016. "PHOCAS helped with everything; tuition, books, and even a gas card for me to travel back and forth. It was amazing and relieved so much stress."
A first-generation college graduate, Mavis accomplished career and academic goals despite overwhelming challenges. Mavis obtained her Associate Degree of Nursing and secured employment at Memorial Hermann as an emergency room nurse through participating in the Health Professional Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program at Volunteers of America Texas (VOATX)Visit disclaimer page .
The Health Careers Advancement Project (Health CAP)Visit disclaimer page at Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, Inc. provides opportunities for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals to obtain occupational training in the high-demand field of healthcare. Health CAP uses a case management model proven to deliver coordinated, integrated services to help participants achieve self-sufficiency.
In April 2018, Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health (WATCH)Visit disclaimer page , a Health Profession Opportunity Grant in central Pennsylvania, noted rapid job growth in three occupations: Medical Front Office (MFO), Medical Billing and Coding (MB), and Electronic Health Records (EHR). They also saw a growing need for training options with flexible scheduling to accommodate individuals with employment and family obligations. Their efforts to integrate online healthcare training became the marker of program success when the COVID-19 pandemic moved most training and case management online.