Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0: Year Three Annual Report (2017–18)

June 13, 2019
Topics:
Self-Sufficiency, Welfare & Employment
Projects:
Evaluation and System Design for Career Pathways Programs: 2nd Generation of HPOG, 2014-2019 | Learn more about this project
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Reports
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Introduction

The Year 3 Annual Report describes results for participants in the second round of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program (HPOG 2.0) from the beginning of the Program through the end of Year 3 (September 30, 2015 through September 29, 2018). HPOG 2.0 grants are awarded to organizations to provide 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. Grants funds are disbursed annually to 32 grantees in 21 states, including five tribal organizations. Through the end of Year 3 of HPOG 2.0, grantees enrolled more than 23,215 participants.

The HPOG 2.0 Program encourages grantees to design and implement their programs to include basic skills education and to employ career pathways strategies. This means offering trainings to help participants who have low basic skills; providing a variety of healthcare occupational trainings to prepare for entry-, mid-, and high-level healthcare jobs; and offering support services to help participants complete training and attain employment. It also allows grantees flexibility in their program design within the overall HPOG 2.0 Program goals.

This report provides information on the types of trainings, activities, and support services offered by HPOG 2.0 programs. It also describes the characteristics of those enrolled in the Program, their participation in different activities, and receipt of services. The report describes the outcomes of participants through the end of Year 3, including completion of basic skills and healthcare training, receipt of certifications and degrees, progression from entry-level to higher-level training, and starting employment or being promoted in healthcare jobs.

ACF will continue to release annual reports summarizing grantee and participant activities in each of the next two years. In future years, the National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of HPOG will produce reports on the implementation of HPOG 2.0 and the impact the Program has on participant outcomes.

Primary Research Questions

  1. 1 What entities operate HPOG 2.0 programs, and what trainings, activities, and services do the programs provide?
  2. 2 Who participated in HPOG 2.0 in the first three years, what trainings and activities have they engaged in and completed, and what support services have they received?
  3. 3 What are HPOG 2.0 participants’ employment outcomes at the end of Year 3?

Purpose

The purpose of this Year 3 Annual Report is to summarize the status of the HPOG 2.0 Program participants’ activities, outcomes, and characteristics from the start of the Program on September 30, 2015, through September 29, 2018, the end of grant Year 3. This report builds on two prior annual reports. This report includes new information on participants’ career pathway progress.

Key Findings and Highlights

Key findings from the HPOG 2.0 Year 3 Annual Report include:

  • Of the 14,293 participants who began healthcare training in the first three years of HPOG 2.0, 88 percent completed or were still in progress by the end of Year 3. Two thirds (67 percent) of participants who completed healthcare training went on to earn a professional license or certification and three fifths started a job or were promoted on an existing job in healthcare.
  • About one third (36 percent) of all participants engaged in standalone basic skills training (not combined with occupational training); of those, 92 percent completed or were still engaged in it at the end of Year 3. Of those who completed, most (76 percent) moved on to enroll in healthcare training.
  • Of participants who began healthcare training in the first three years of HPOG 2.0, more than a quarter made career progress in training (beyond completing an entry-level training). This includes completing a healthcare training and moving on to a healthcare training at a higher career pathway level; completing multiple trainings at the same career pathway level to combine skills; or completing a mid- or high-level career pathway healthcare training.
  • Under a set of overall career progress metrics that combine multiple ways individuals can make progress (including basic skills or prerequisites completion, healthcare training completion, and employment), 52 percent of HPOG participants showed overall career progress by the end of Year 3, and another 16 percent were engaged in activities toward career progress.
  • Similar to results for earlier years, participants in HPOG 2.0 are mainly single, female, and have dependent children. Twenty percent were receiving TANF benefits at enrollment. More than one third had some college education, already had a professional license or certification, or were in school at the time of enrollment in the program.
  • HPOG 2.0 participants engage in a variety of activities and receive a variety of supportive services. For example, almost half (47 percent) engaged in skill-development activities and almost half received transportation assistance. HPOG 2.0 funded tuition in whole or in part for the majority (83 percent) of participants’ healthcare trainings.

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 programs, and training and employment outcomes. PAGES also includes information on 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) to ACF using data entered into PAGES; the PPR data are also used for this annual report.

Citation

Pamela Loprest and Nathan Sick. (2019). Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0: Year Three Annual Report (2017–18), OPRE 2019-64. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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