HPOG University Partnership Research Grants

The HPOG University Partnership Research Grants are intended to support research and evaluation that will answer specific questions about how to improve HPOG services within local contexts.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) awarded five grantees funding through the University Partnership Research Grants for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program. The grants are intended to support research and evaluation that will answer specific questions about how to improve HPOG services within local contexts. Applicants were required to demonstrate a partnership with an HPOG program or with more than one HPOG program as an integral part of the research plan development and execution. The five research grantees are working together closely and coordinating with OPRE’s multi-pronged research and evaluation portfolio for HPOG, in order to promote cross-project learning and avoid duplicative efforts. Grants awarded are as follows:

  • Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research
  • Temple University, School of Social Work
  • Brandeis University, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP), Heller School for Social Policy and Management
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • North Dakota State University

To examine questions relevant to the HPOG program goals and objectives, as delineated by the legislation. The specific goals of the research grants are:

  • To augment the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF’s) multi-pronged evaluation of HPOG demonstrations by focusing on particular questions relevant to career track education and training programs in the health professions and related labor market issues
  • To support research to inform and improve HPOG program performance
  • To emphasize the importance of developing true working research partnerships with HPOG programs and other relevant entities within the community, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the applied research work
  • To address issues of current relevance to decision-makers at the local, state, and national levels in order to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly those related to career track education and training programs and related labor market issues for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and other low-income populations, and tribal communities

Timeline for HPOG University Partnership

In 2011, OPRE awarded funding through the University Partnership Research Grants for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program to five grantees. The grants are intended to support research and evaluation that will answer specific questions about how to improve HPOG services within local contexts.  The HPOG University Partnerships grants will end in 2015.

HPOG Grantees Participating in HPOG University Partnership Research

HPOG University Partnerships Grantees

  • Community Action Project of Tulsa County, Inc.
  • Gateway Technical College (WI)
  • New Hampshire Office of Minority Health
  • Southland Health Care Forum, Inc.
  • Temple University, Center for Social Policy
  • Will County WIB
  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College

HPOG University Partnership Partners and Sponsors

Primary Evaluation Sponsor

OPRE logoThe PACE evaluation is funded by The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE). OPRE is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs designed to improve the economic and social well-being of children and families.

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Contacts

University Partnership Principal Investigator(s)

Cheryl Hyde (chyde@temple.edu), Temple University School of Social Work
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (lcl@northwestern.edu), Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research
Philip Hong (phong@luc.edu), Loyola University of Chicago
Janet Boguslaw (boguslaw@brandeis.edu), Brandeis University, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP), Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Loretta Heuer (loretta.heuer@ndsu.edu), North Dakota State University, Sponsored Programs, VPRCATT

Federal Project Officers

Hilary Forster
HPOG Evaluation Team Lead
Social Science Research Analyst
Administration for Children and Families
Hilary.Forster@ACF.hhs.gov

Mary Mueggenborg
Social Science Research Analyst
Administration for Children and Families
Mary.Mueggenborg@ACF.hhs.gov

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