Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0: Year One Annual Report (2015–16)

July 18, 2017
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Self-Sufficiency, Welfare & Employment
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Evaluation and System Design for Career Pathways Programs: 2nd Generation of HPOG, 2014-2019 | Learn more about this project
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Introduction

This report describes the first year of the second round of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program (“HPOG 2.0”). HPOG 2.0 provides education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for healthcare occupations that pay well and are in high demand. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded this second round of five-year grants in 2015. The first round of five-year grants was awarded in 2010. HPOG 2.0 grants were made to 32 grantees across 21 states, including five tribal organizations. In the first year of the HPOG 2.0 Program, the grantees enrolled over 5,000 participants.

Research Questions

  1. 1 Who operates HPOG 2.0 programs, what do the programs provide, and who participated in HPOG 2.0 in Year 1?
  2. 2 What training activities have HPOG 2.0 participants enrolled in and completed, and what support services and work-based opportunities have HPOG 2.0 participants received?
  3. 3 What are participant employment outcomes to date?

Purpose

The purpose of the Year 1 annual report is to summarize HPOG 2.0 Program offerings and participant activity and outcomes from September 30, 2015 through September 29, 2016. The first four to six months of Year 1 served as a planning period. Participant enrollment began between February and April 2016 and, therefore, the first-year findings are based on between six and eight months of enrollment.

This first report serves as a baseline for future annual reports. It describes the characteristics of HPOG 2.0 grantees, defines and details the trainings and services grantees are offering, provides characteristics of participants at enrollment, and describes first-year participant outcomes in training enrollment and completion, and employment.

Key Findings and Highlights

Key findings from HPOG 2.0 Year 1 include:

  • The HPOG 2.0 Program enrolled 5,150 participants in Year 1. The majority of HPOG grantees have five-year enrollment goals of between 500 and 999 participants (11 grantees) or between 1,000 and 1,999 participants (15 grantees).
  • All HPOG 2.0 grantees offered at least one type of basic skills training; overall, grantees offered healthcare training in 66 different occupations. Grantees also offer support services in the areas of academic supports, personal and logistic supports, and employment assistance.
  • Nine out of ten first-year enrollees were women. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) were between ages 18 and 34, and 62 percent had one or more dependent children. Almost half of participants (47 percent) had annual household incomes of less than $10,000.
  • About one-quarter of participants enrolled in basic skills training in Year 1.
  • More than two-thirds of participants (69 percent) began healthcare occupational training in Year 1. Of those who began healthcare training, 41 percent completed in Year 1, 55 percent were still in training at the end of the grant year, and the remaining four percent had dropped out or did not pass.
  • Many HPOG 2.0 participants received support services in Year 1. The most common services were case management (87 percent), academic advising (57 percent), assistance for training-related costs other than tuition (47 percent), and transportation assistance (44 percent).
  • Of the 5,150 participants in Year 1, 19 percent started jobs or received a promotion after enrollment in HPOG 2.0. Employed HPOG 2.0 participants earned between $10 and $12.49 an hour.

Methods

The data in this report come from the HPOG 2.0 Participant Accomplishment and Grant Evaluation System (PAGES), a participant tracking and management system that includes data on participant characteristics, engagement in activities and services, and training and employment outcomes. PAGES also includes the activities and supports grantees offer. Grantee program staff enter data in PAGES. The grantees each submit semi-annual and annual Performance Progress Reports (PPR) using data entered into PAGES; the PPR data are also used for this annual report. Grantees completed data entry for Year 1 by October 30, 2016, in order to submit their annual Year 1 PPR. All results in this report are based on data extracted on November 15, 2016.

Citation

Kelly S. Mikelson, Neil Damron, and Pamela Loprest. (2017). Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0: Year One Annual Report (2015–16). OPRE 2017-45. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Glossary

HPOG
Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program
TANF
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
PAGES
Participant Accomplishment and Grant Evaluation System
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