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.
In early 2019, the Cankdeska Cikana Community College Next Steps programVisit disclaimer page partnered with the Spirit Lake Employment and Training Center (ETC) to create a dual training program. The dual program provides youth interested in healthcare the opportunity for additional skill development and employment potential while enhancing the reservation’s quality of healthcare services for its elder population. The collaboration offers participants of Next Steps’ existing certified nursing assistant (CNA) training and Spirit Lake’s individual qualified service provider (QSP) program to complete either or both certifications at the same time.
Whatcom Community College (WCC) added the Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare Grant (I-CATCH)Visit disclaimer page program to their campus in October 2018. The I-CATCH program is open to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and low-income individuals looking for a new career in healthcare. WCC’s addition of I-CATCH opened training and support services to more people in Washington state. It also brought a new approach to I-CATCH participant coaching. The WCC I-CATCH program uses a student-centered coaching approach, which focuses on utilizing campus and community resources to fund and support students’ personal needs. The coaching also keeps employment in mind through every step of the student’s academic progression.
The Southwestern Connecticut Health CareeRx AcademyVisit disclaimer page at The WorkPlace, Inc. in Bridgeport, Connecticut uses hard data to bolster positive impacts related to healthcare training completion and employment. The Health CareeRx Academy partnered with Brandeis University’s Institute on Assets and Social Policy to analyze Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program data on career advancement in the healthcare field. Brandeis University studied the first round of HPOG participants (HPOG 1.0) and concluded that HPOG is very effective at getting people into an initial training and an entry-level healthcare job, but the model for career advancement needed to shift. Confusion about projected rates and paths of growth in certain healthcare jobs impacted the training participants chose. This led to some participants dropping out of training before completing or attempting to switch to a new field.
Pima County Community College supports community healthcare and workforce needs through the Health Career Opportunities with Personalized Education Supports (HOPES)Visit disclaimer page program. Funded by a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG), HOPES provides training in high-demand healthcare fields to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. Throughout the years, HOPES lives up to its namesake with continued participant success.
In July 2019, Volunteers of America Michigan (VOAMI) added a new staff role to their VOAMI Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)Visit disclaimer page program. The Training and Enrichment (TE) Specialist offers extra guidance to participants as they move from enrollment to healthcare training to employment. The TE Specialist offers one-on-one support, connecting participants to the best resources for their needs. They host workshops and job fairs and also reach out to local healthcare employers to stay up to date on open positions, company culture, and future needs.
Montefiore Medical Center focuses on promoting healthier neighborhoods through commitment to community and population health. They are helping build healthcare workforce development opportunities for residents of the Bronx, New York and its surrounding communities. Montefiore Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)Visit disclaimer page provides support to its participants to complete home health aide training, obtain employment, and pursue career advancement. To date, Montefiore HPOG has helped hundreds along career pathways to self-sufficiency.
Healthcare employers in Anchorage, AK, look beyond test scores when hiring entry-level employees. The demand for new hires with interpersonal and soft skills is on the rise. Employer partners of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Health Profession Opportunity GrantsVisit disclaimer page (CITC HPOG) program in Alaska stated a clear need for entry-level employees to demonstrate such skills. Initiative and a strong work ethic are highly sought-after traits, yet they are often hard to find in the incoming local healthcare workforce.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients in Texas face a challenge when it comes to training and education. Under the state’s work-first service model, parents are required to work a minimum of 30 to 40 hours a week to receive TANF benefits. This forces them to choose between work and school. Through thoughtful planning with community partners, Alamo Colleges District’s Alamo HealthProfession Opportunity Grant (Alamo HPOG)Visit disclaimer page program found a way to offer full-time training to TANF recipients without fear of losing their benefits.
One of the strengths of Pathways to Success in Health Care (PSH) is the program’s network of community partners. This diverse network offers PSH participants the support they need as they move through training into the high-demand healthcare field. PSH is facilitated by the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)Visit disclaimer page . CCAC’s position as a trusted education provider helps PSH leverage existing partnerships as well as establish new ones to support training, employment, skills development, and recruitment.