Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0: Year Two Annual Report (2016–17)

August 10, 2018
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, Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Evaluation Portfolio | Learn more about this project
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Reports
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Introduction

The Year 2 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 2 (September 30, 2015 through September 29, 2017). 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 2 of HPOG 2.0, grantees enrolled more than 14,700 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 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 2, 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 three years. In future years, the National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of Health Profession Opportunity Grants will produce reports on the implementation of HPOG 2.0 and the impact the Program has on participant outcomes.

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 the first two years of HPOG 2.0, what trainings and activities have they engaged in, and what support services have they received?
  3. 3 What are HPOG 2.0 participants’ training completion, certification receipt, and employment outcomes by the end of Year 2?

Purpose

The purpose of this Year 2 Annual Report is to summarize the status of the HPOG 2.0 Program, its grantees’ programs, and participants’ activities and outcomes from the start of the Program on September 30, 2015, through September 29, 2017, the end of grant Year 2.

Key Findings and Highlights

Key findings from HPOG 2.0 Year 2 Annual Report include:

  • More than two-thirds (69 percent) of participants started healthcare training; of all healthcare trainings started, 88 percent were completed or still in progress at the end of Year 2.
  • About one-third of all participants engaged in standalone basic skills training (not combined with occupational training); of them, 93 percent completed or were still engaged in this training at the end of Year 2. Of those who completed, 71 percent moved on to healthcare training.
  • About half of participants (55 percent) who completed healthcare training went on to earn a professional license or certification.
  • Half of training completers (50 percent) started a job or were promoted in the healthcare industry after completion in the first two years of HPOG 2.0.
  • HPOG participants typically are low-income women in their 20s and 30s, many of whom are parents (68 percent had dependent children). Many HPOG 2.0 participants already had educational experience, credentials, and work experience when they enrolled.
  • Across the variety of supportive services offered, participants’ receipt varies substantially. For example, almost all participants received case management (90 percent), about one-third received transportation assistance (35 percent), and 15 percent received job placement services.

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) using data entered into PAGES; the PPR data are also used for this annual report.

HPOG 2.0 grantees began enrolling participants after an initial planning period of three to six months. Because grantees continue to enroll participants over the course of the program, the findings in this report are based on outcomes for participants who had been enrolled in the study for as long as 20 months as well as those who had only just begun to participate. On average, participants had been in HPOG 2.0 for eight months.

Citation

Pamela Loprest. (2018). Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0: Year Two Annual Report (2016–17), OPRE 2018-77. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Last Reviewed: November 13, 2018