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Career pathways programs have developed over the past decade as a comprehensive framework of adult developmental and vocational education and supportive services designed to address the challenge of providing post-secondary skills training to low-income and educationally disadvantaged populations.

An Introduction to the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) and Evaluation

This report reviews the literature on the policy context of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, and the challenges and opportunities related to developing healthcare occupational training and support programs. It discusses the structure of the healthcare industry and trends in healthcare employment, implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for entry-level employment in healthcare, and resulting challenges and opportunities for training programs. 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.

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) were first awarded in 2010 to 32 grantee organizations across 23 states.  The grantees, which include post-secondary education institutions, Workforce Investment Boards, state and local government agencies, community-based organizations, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, will receive funding through September 2015.  In June 2015, HPOG delivered the HPOG Program and Evaluation Portfolio Interim Report to Congress. The report provides a summary of the significant activities, outcomes and accomplishments of the HPOG program during its first three fiscal years, from 2010 to 2013. The information contained in the report was gathered from an analysis of participant performance, an outcome study of a sub-set of participants and an evaluation of the tribal grantees.  The report also outlines key aspects of the HPOG program, such as its career pathways framework, fundamental program components, employment outcomes and ongoing evaluation and research initiatives.

This report presents key findings from the evaluation of the first round of the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program. These findings show that all five of the Tribal HPOG grantees established programs that led to healthcare training completion and employment.

The report includes findings on programs’ structures, processes, and outcomes, and insights related to these findings. The evaluation team worked to conduct a culturally responsive evaluation by receiving input from partners, advisors, and grantees throughout the evaluation.

This report presents findings from the Systems Change Analysis of the 27 non-tribal HPOG grantees funded in 2010, which operated 49 programs. This study addresses the major research question: What changes to the service delivery system are associated with program implementation? For detailed information, review the Systems Change under the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program Report.

Take a look at life outside the classroom for the average HPOG 2.0 participant at the time of enrollment with the newest infographic from HPOG.

To officially notify OFA and change the Program Contact/Project Director (PI/PD) for your grant, you will need to do the following:

  • Log in to GrantSolutions Visit disclaimer page
  • Click on “Manage Amendments”
  • Click on “New”
  • On the page “Select Amendment Type,” you should choose “Change in PI/PD (Type 6)” and then hit “Create Amendment.”
  • Please provide the following information in the fields listed in the Application Control Checklist:
    • Change in Project Director — This is an online form that should be completed. Click “Enter Online.” Then, on the “New Project Director” line, click “Add Project Director” (if this person has not previously been a project director for this program. Otherwise, you can use the drop down menu to select them). Enter all of the required fields (denoted with a red asterisk) with the new Project Director’s information. After inputting all of this individual’s information, please validate the address by clicking “Validate Address.” Once the address is validated, please click on “Save.”
    • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance — This is an online form that should be completed. Click “Enter Online.” Complete all of the fields, remembering to update Section f “Name and contact information of person to be contacted on matters involving this application” with the name, telephone number and email address of the new Project Director. Then, click “Save.”
    • Cover Letter Upload — Upload a letter on your organization’s official letterhead that provides the name, phone number and email address of the new Project Director. This letter should be signed by the Authorized Representative. You will upload this by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions.
      • The resume of the new Project Director should also be uploaded in this section. You will upload this by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions.
  • Go to the Grant Solutions Getting Started page Visit disclaimer page and follow the “Recipient User” guidance. Complete the Recipient/ Grantee User Account Request Form and Security Compliance Statement, and upload as an attachment item by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions. In addition, please send via email to the Grant Solutions Support Center (help@grantsolutions.gov).
  • Once you have performed the above mentioned tasks, you will click on “Verify Submission.” Another box will pop up asking you to confirm that you want to complete this amendment, and you will select “yes” or “save.”
  • If you have any questions about this process, please contact your program specialist.

To officially notify OFA and change the Authorized Representative (AO) for your grant, you will need to do the following:

  • Log in to GrantSolutions Visit disclaimer page
  • Click on “Manage Amendments”
  • Click on “New”
  • On the page “Select Amendment Type,” you should choose “Change in Grantee Authorizing Official (Type 6)” and then hit “Create Amendment.”
  • Please provide the following information in the fields listed in the Application Control Checklist:
    • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance — This is an online form that should be completed. Click “Enter Online.” Complete all of the fields, remembering to update #21 Authorized Representative with the name, telephone number and email address of the new Authorized Representative. The Authorized Representative will need to sign this form by typing in their name in the “Signature of Authorized Representative” field and typing in the date. Then, click “Save.”
    • Cover Letter Upload — Upload a letter on your organization’s official letterhead that provides the name, phone number and email address of the new Authorized Representative. This letter should be signed by the Authorized Representative (or another official that is higher ranking than the Authorized Representative). You will upload this by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions.
  • Go to the Grant Solutions Getting Started page Visit disclaimer page and follow the “Recipient User” guidance. Complete the Recipient/ Grantee User Account Request Form and Security Compliance Statement, and upload as an attachment by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions. In addition, please send via email to the Grant Solutions Support Center (help@grantsolutions.gov).
  • Once you have performed the above mentioned tasks, you will click on “Verify Submission.” Another box will pop up asking you to confirm that you want to complete this amendment, and you will select “yes” or “save.”
  • If you have any questions about this process, please contact your program specialist.

Charlie Thompson, Edmonds Community College, presented Digital Access for Low Income Students at the 2013 Annual Grantee Meeting. For more information about Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG), please visit the HPOG website.

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