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Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Grants Abstract
Abstracts, HPOG Grantees

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc.

HPOG Buffalo

Location: Buffalo, NY


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

Annual Award Amount: $1,600,885

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

Service Area: Buffalo County and Erie County in New York and surrounding areas in western New York

Target Population: Adults 18 years and older who are either Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients or low-income, income eligible refugees and immigrants


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,100

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 220

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 200

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 100

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,000

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 800

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 700


The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB)—through its fiscal agent, the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc., in collaboration with employer partners Kaleida Health, Catholic Health System, McGuire Group, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Network, and 1199 Service Employee International Union—and its training partners, including the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Education Services and Erie Community College, will continue its successful HPOG Buffalo training program, which prepares individuals for demand-driven employment in healthcare jobs offering advancement opportunities and career ladders. This collaboration solidifies expertise in results-oriented services to TANF recipients and low-income adults.

Occupations for which participants will be trained include: Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Coder, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Secretary, Medical Assistant, Community Health Worker, Physical Therapy Assistant, Registered Nurse, Surgical Technologist, Medical Lab Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Physical Therapist, and Radiologic Technologist. Supportive services include: case management, post-eligibility assessments, tutoring, child/dependent care assistance, emergency assistance, housing support/assistance, non-emergency food assistance, transportation assistance, legal aid services/counseling services, job search assistance, job placement assistance, and job retention services. WIB oversees the HPOG Buffalo program and is a consistent supporter of the program.

The New York State Department of Labor's (NYSDOL’s) Office of Apprenticeship was very supportive of the program's grant application. It is the intention of HPOG Buffalo to work with NYSDOL's Office of Apprenticeship to set up apprenticeships for Community Health Workers. The Community Health Network of Buffalo in conjunction with Canisius College will offer the program. Once the program has some successes, the plan is to incorporate the apprenticeship portion of the program.

Last Reviewed: April 23, 2019