Healthy Growth: Assessing Health Profession Training Programs in an Expanding Field
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare occupations are projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster and with a higher median annual wage than the average for all occupations. The following resources describe results from three Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) studies. HPOG provides training to 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.
Using Performance Information to Manage Health Professions Training Programs. 2015. Describes how the 32 HPOG program sites used performance management information to develop and improve their programs, based on a review of grantee performance progress reports, a survey of HPOG program directors, and interviews with a subset of directors. The 32 HPOG program sites included 5 tribal communities in 23 states across the country. More specifically, “Nine are in the Northeast, four in the Southeast, nine in the Midwest, and ten in the West.”
Health Profession Opportunity Grants Year Four Annual Report 2013 –2014. 2015. Summarizes cumulative data and data trends from the inception of the HPOG program through year four, including participant demographic information, the most common occupational training courses, training completion rates, and training and employment outcomes. “The data came from two sources. HPOG Performance Reporting System, “a participant-tracking and management system that provides data on participant characteristics, engagement in activities and services, and training and employment outcomes. The PRS also tracks the education and training activities offered by grantees. The second source is the grantees’ Year 4 Performance Progress Reports (PPRs), semi-annual reports submitted to ACF that include documentation of their progress toward goals and narrative summaries of grant implementation.” Through year four, the HPOG program served over 32,000 individuals in 23 states across the United States.
Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program Evaluation: Final Report. 2016. Assesses the implementation and outcomes of the HPOG programs provided to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients and low-income individuals at five tribal agencies and community colleges funded by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants. These five grantees included: “Blackfeet Community College (BCC) in Montana, Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) in North Dakota, College of Menominee Nation (CMN) in Wisconsin, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC) in Alaska, and Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) in North Dakota. Over the five-year grant period from 2010 to 2015, the grantees enrolled 2,270 in the HPOG program.