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Health Careers Northwest Visit disclaimer page at Worksystems, Inc. found their program makes meaningful change and directly impacts the households served by the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program.

With the second round of Health Profession Opportunity Grants coming to a close, the GoodCare Career Pathways Program Visit 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 Cook Inlet Tribal Council Health Profession Opportunity Grants (CITC HPOG) Visit disclaimer page program provides healthcare training to tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, with a focus on Alaska Natives and American Indians. Their goal is to provide training and supportive services to individuals in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska, putting them on a career pathway to employment and financial self-sufficiency.

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) Buffalo Visit 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 Partnership Visit 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.

Autumn experienced hardships until the Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health (WATCH) Visit disclaimer page program gave her the support she needed to become self-sufficient.

Follow the potential training and employment career progress of HPOG Nursing participants in the latest infographic.

Follow the potential training and employment career progress of HPOG Healthcare Technician participants in the latest infographic.