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Action for a Better Community Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
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Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Action for a Better Community, Inc.

ROC-HPOG: Rochester Health Profession Opportunity Grant Project

Location: Rochester, NY


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $1,641,349

Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501C3 IRS Status (other than Institution of Higher Education)

Service Area: Rochester County and Monroe County in New York

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, low-income individuals, veterans, refugees, immigrants, and Latinos


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,500

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 375

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 526

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 334

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,180

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 883

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 1,050


Led by Action for a Better Community, Inc., which is the local Head Start grantee and federally designated Community Action Agency, ROC-HPOG joins together the area’s largest employer and educational institutions, adult learning and training centers, local TANF agency, and a diverse set of community-based organizations in a collaborative effort to engage 1,500 participants in the educational and training pathways that will lead them to sustainable, high-demand healthcare careers. The program offers four specific career lattices: Nursing and Clinical, Health IT, Health Tech, and Health Administration. Occupations trained for include: Nursing Assistant, Registered Nurse, Pharmacy Aide, Medical Records and Health Information positions, Community Health Worker, Home Health Aide, Emergency Medical Technician, Surgical Technologist, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, and Radiologic Technologist.

ROC-HPOG can assist participants with rent assistance if the participant is in danger of losing current housing, childcare payments, minor automobile repairs, transportation in the form of bus passes, the purchase of class books or other school supplies, the purchase of uniforms for employment, application fees for training, and state testing fees. An employer’s partner group was established to promote successful employment opportunities upon training completion. Based on these partnerships, HPOG participants have achieved greater success because employment partners are aware of the support offered to HPOG participants, including resume preparation and interviewing skills. Partners include Rochester Regional Health, Episcopal Senior Life, St. John’s Home, Jewish Senior Life, Lifetime Assistance, and Strong Staffing. The Monroe County Department of Health and Human Services is a referral source, and Rochester Works! has been involved in project planning to prepare for service delivery. Rochester Works! helps participants access individual training accounts. ROC-HPOG has established a non-contractual relationship with the New York State Department of Labor, which oversees apprenticeships.

Last Reviewed: April 23, 2019