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Stephanie spent four years working as a traveling phlebotomist. Her mother provided childcare for Stephanie’s four children while she worked to provide for her family. When her mother became ill, Stephanie had to leave her job. Family illness and unemployment were not the first obstacles she encountered; she was also a domestic violence survivor. Stephanie visited her local One-Stop and saw a flyer for Project HOPE: Healthcare Occupations Preparation for Employment Visit disclaimer page . She was interested in returning to school but had exhausted available financial aid during her Phlebotomy degree. Stephanie knew she had an open door in front of her and decided to walk through it. She called the number on the flyer and applied for Project HOPE assistance.

As a single father, Julio struggled for many years to provide for his children. He worked whatever jobs he could find, from cashier to cook to bike messenger, but wanted more. Julio received assistance from the New York Human Resources Administration. During a visit, he learned about the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program Visit disclaimer page offered through Hostos Community College. They offer free healthcare training and career services to help eligible students obtain employment in the healthcare professions. Julio immediately registered for the program and began Certified Nursing Assistant training in January of 2020.

After Jodi’s life took a turn for the worst, she found her path to redemption through the Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (I-CATCH) Visit disclaimer page program at Edmonds College.

Byanca moved to Southern Oregon to escape a bad marriage.  As an unemployed single mother, she wanted to improve her life and better support her child. A few of Byanca’s siblings work in the healthcare industry, and they encouraged her interest in the field. At the prompting of her big brothers and sisters, she attended a Southern Oregon HOPE Visit disclaimer page (SOHOPE) orientation. She learned that with SOHOPE support, she could earn a certificate leading to a well-paying, reliable job in healthcare. After being accepted into the SOHOPE program, she completed her prerequisites and enrolled in the Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) training program.

A dead-end job with no discernible future led Rose to find a new career path courtesy of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board’s Health Careers Advancement Project (Health CAP) Visit disclaimer page funded by the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program.

The Northwest Ohio Pathway to Healthcare Careers (NOPHC) Visit disclaimer page program is focused on empowering Lucas County, Ohio residents by providing healthcare training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, and other low-income individuals.

Health Careers NW (HCNW) Visit disclaimer page provides healthcare training and job search assistance to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, and individuals covered under Medicaid through the Oregon Health Plan.

The Health CareeRx Academy Visit disclaimer page program at The Workplace provides healthcare training for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. Their goal is to serve Fairfield county and a portion of New Haven county, Connecticut, working to help participants find healthcare careers.

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County’s Healthcare Workforce for the Future (HWF) Visit disclaimer page project trains and helps Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals find careers in healthcare professions. The program also provides participants with case management, academic advising, and support services such as childcare, transportation, and emergency assistance.

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.