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Health Careers NW (HCNW) Visit disclaimer page provides healthcare training and job search assistance to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, and individuals covered under Medicaid through the Oregon Health Plan.

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 new animation brings to life findings from the HPOG 1.0 Systems Change Analysis and Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program Evaluation.

This success story video features Stephanie Salinas, who is an example of how HPOG can take the aspirations and experiences of participants and help turn them into achievement. Stephanie's involvement with Alamo Colleges HPOG in San Antonio, TX helped her persevere to overcome personal and professional difficulties. Her success story is an example of a carefully constructed and collective effort.

Uriah Keith faced many challenges growing up in Anchorage, Alaska. With his young son in mind, he decided to change his life for the better. After receiving recovery assistance from Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), and with the support and training provided by their HPOG program, he is giving back to community members and enjoying a life of success and well-being.

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.

The HPOG program recently published a paper to share the successful strategies our grantees have used in engaging TANF participants.  While this paper offers peer technical assistance for HPOG grantees, its contents are relevant to other workforce development, training, and educational institutions that serve TANF recipients.  It includes a checklist of effective strategies based on the experiences of six HPOG grantees and their TANF agency partners.

The HPOG program serves participants who are diverse in age, gender, native language, cultural background, and geographic location.

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.

Empowerment, accountability, cooperation, and hope: these are the common themes that link Project HOPE with motivated young people seeking a career in the healthcare industry. Project HOPE is a powerful example of how HPOG can empower grantees to change lives.