With the second round of Health Profession Opportunity Grants coming to a close, the GoodCare Career Pathways ProgramVisit disclaimer page began looking for alternative training options. Facilitated by Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, GoodCare uses a three-part behavioral change model designed to integrate supportive, educational, and workplace services in healthcare training. GoodCare also provides the environment and encouragement needed to succeed in their three occupation healthcare tracks: nursing, health information, and healthcare support. Limited time and funding in the last year of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants does not allow for the usual training programs or approach to services in these tracks. Ever adaptable to participant needs, GoodCare set out to build a new training that fit.
The Health Education Laddering Program (HELP)Visit disclaimer page at Central Community College (CCC) is no stranger to growth. Along with project partners Southeast Community College, Northeast Community College, and Mid-Plains Community College, CCC engages TANF recipients and other low-income individuals in healthcare education and training. The ultimate goal is to place them on a career pathway to healthcare occupations that pay well and are in high demand. Through scaling up their strategies and interventions over time, Project HELP has gone from one college serving a 14,000-squaremile, 25-county service area to four colleges serving a 60,382-square-mile, 77-county service area.
The Partnership to STEP UP in Health Careers (STEP-UP)Visit disclaimer page program at Chicago State University (CSU) provides healthcare training and career laddering for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. They serve participants in the city of Chicago, especially the south side and southern suburbs.
Before he discovered the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) BuffaloVisit disclaimer page program at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc., Jacob considered himself a typical example of the working class poor. He lived paycheck to paycheck, working dead-end jobs with no direction. At the end of the day, he barely made enough money to support himself. While he received Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits, he made too much to qualify for food stamps. Times were difficult for Jacob and he desperately wanted to make a change in his life.
During an appointment at the Women, Infants, & Children office, Iris came across a flyer for San Jacinto College’s Health Career Pathways PartnershipVisit disclaimer page(HCPP) and saw an opportunity to become a registered nurse. HCPP offered free healthcare tuition and support services to help her succeed in a new career.