Improving Economic Opportunity through Healthcare Training: Highlights from the National Implementation Evaluation of the First Round of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0) (March 2018)

The purpose of the HPOG Program is to provide education and training to TANF recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. In 2010, the Office of Family Assistance within the Administration for Children and Families awarded the first round of 5-year HPOG grants (HPOG 1.0) to 32 organizations in 23 states; five were tribal organizations. The 27 non-tribal grantees operated 49 local programs; these 27 grantees are the focus of this brief.

HPOG 1.0 grantees provided eligible participants with pre-training preparation, occupational training, support services, and employment assistance to help them train for and find jobs in a variety of healthcare professions.

This brief provides a summary of the Final Report of the HPOG National Implementation Evaluation. It presents participant characteristics and results of key outcomes of HPOG 1.0 healthcare training completion and employment, as well as participants’ pre-training activities and receipt of support services and employment assistance. It also includes information about HPOG 1.0 programs’ service delivery networks. The HPOG Impact Study is taking up questions of HPOG’s impacts in a separate study and report.

Schwartz, Deena, Robin Koralek, Alan Werner and Pamela Loprest. (2018). Improving Economic Opportunity through Healthcare Training: Highlights from the National Implementation Evaluation of the First Round of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0), OPRE Report #2018-40, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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