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Zepf Center Abstract

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

Zepf Center

Northwest Ohio Pathway to Healthcare Careers (NOPHC) project

Location: Toledo, OH


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

Annual Award Amount: $3,000,000

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

Service Area: City of Toledo and Lucas County in Ohio

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, persons with disabilities, homeless persons, veterans, and youth


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

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 500

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 750

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 600

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,050

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 950

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 750


The Northwest Ohio Pathway to Healthcare Careers (NOPHC) project is focused on empowering low-income individuals to obtain education and training needed for the healthcare field. Administered by the NetWORK Division of Zepf Center, NOPHC participants are given a Community Success Coach and Education Success Coach, have access to Bridges out of Poverty: Getting Ahead Training, participate in “Healthcare 101” forums, have job shadowing and work experience opportunities, and receive basic skills education, among other program services. Project success will be achieved through a variety of coordinated approaches that empower low-income individuals to enter and/or advance within the healthcare field through a holistic service delivery approach. 

Occupational training is provided for the following: Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Physical Therapy Assistant, Surgical Technologist, Medical Assistant, Nurse Aide, Medical Records and Health Information Technician, Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant, Community Health Worker, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic, Medical Insurance Coders, Medical Office Clerk, and Health Technologist. Coaches are employed by NetWORK and Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority. These partners also provide intensive case management, vocational guidance, job development services, tutoring, community advocacy, and service coordination. Grant funds are utilized for the following services: funding for tuition and training, school supplies/materials, work experience funds, daycare, and other support services such as car repairs, bus passes, work clothes, license fees, and testing fees. Lucas County Job and Family Services (TANF lead agency) has well-defined protocols for referring participants to the HPOG and a TANF representative attends regular HPOG meetings. NetWORK is co-enrolling participants in WIOA and ensuring that eligible participants access programs available through the Lucas County Workforce Investment Board and Department of Planning and Development. Employer commitments have been obtained from ProMedica Health System, Mercy Health Partners, Genesis HealthCare, and Kingston Healthcare Company. The grantee has met with the Office of Apprenticeship regarding a possible Community Health Worker Apprenticeship.


Last Reviewed: April 25, 2019