Providing stepping stones to higher wages.
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.
One of Montefiore HPOG’s biggest successes is the program’s post-training and employment engagement. The program maintains this engagement through the guidance of a Vocational Counselor, who explores advancement opportunities that further participants’ healthcare careers and increase their wages. Vocational Counselors offer one-on-one case management sessions, workshops, job clubs, and ongoing professional development. These supports facilitate job retention and advancement.
Montefiore HPOG emphasizes the importance of continued education or additional certifications to increase wages long term. Initial healthcare certification is just the beginning of the journey. Vocational counselors host a workshop for all participants between training completion and employment called “Ethics and the Home Aide.” It presents real-life scenarios and covers rules and regulations of their new employer, ensuring a smooth transition into the workplace. They maintain participant support after employment with job club meetings, which are held three times a year.
Montefiore HPOG participants receive referrals to educational and certification opportunities. They hear presentations from health industry leaders and share experiences with their peers. Montefiore HPOG also holds Workforce Investment Organization (WIO) professional development trainings to build skills. In WIO training, participants gain insight into how they can help reduce patient emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Hundreds of participants have enrolled in next-step training opportunities. Many employed HPOG participants complete basic skills training then move to certified nursing assistant (CNA) training. Others enroll in college to pursue a degree through a registered nursing (RN) program. The Vocational Counselor provides support and guidance through each step of the process. Whether it’s three months to gain CNA certification or a four-year degree program, Montefiore HPOG is always there for its participants.
“I know I have the HPOG program and people such as my Vocational Counselor in my life to help me. Furthermore, by participating in events such as the Ethics and the Home Aide workshop and job clubs, I have been able to connect with other aides and people that have made a difference.”
—Milca, Montefiore HPOG participant
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