Summarizes year four participant outcomes for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants

“This fourth annual report contains cumulative data and data trends from the inception of the [Health Profession Opportunity Grants] HPOG Program through September 30, 2014, the end of Year 4. The data come from two sources. The first is the HPOG Performance Reporting System (PRS), 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” (p.5).

“The HPOG Program funds training in high-demand healthcare professions for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. In 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded five-year grants to 32 HPOG grantees in 23 states, including five tribal organizations” (p.4).

(Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

“Key findings of the report include: • The HPOG Program has enrolled 32,123 participants through Year 4. The majority of HPOG participants were single females with one or more dependent children and most had annual household incomes of less than $20,000 at program enrollment, with almost half of participants (48 percent) below an annual household income of $10,000. • Most HPOG enrollees (82 percent) participated in a healthcare training course (one or more classes preparing enrollees for a specific healthcare occupation). The most common training course to date is for the occupation ‘nursing assistant, aide, orderly or patient care attendant’ (35 percent). Other common occupations for which participants are trained include licensed and vocational nurse (10 percent), registered nurse (8 percent), medical records and health information technician (8 percent), and medical assistant (8 percent). Eighteen percent of enrollees have participated in more than one healthcare training course. HPOG enrollees who are not participating in a healthcare training course are in pre-training activities, waiting for a training course to begin, or dropped out before beginning a training course. • Many HPOG participants experienced positive training and employment outcomes. Sixty-five percent of participants who began a healthcare training course completed the course. Many of those who had not completed a training course were actively engaged in one at the end of Year 4 (32 percent). Of those who completed a healthcare training course and exited HPOG, 73 percent were employed at program exit and 62 percent were employed in healthcare at exit. • Forty-six percent of HPOG participants engaged in pre-training activities, including orientations to healthcare careers and seminars in college study skills, as well as basic skills education and pre-requisite courses. In addition, 96 percent of participants received academic or personal support services to help them succeed, including case management and counseling services; financial assistance with tuition, books, and fees; assistance with transportation or child care; and employment placement and retention assistance. • At the end of Year 4, less than half (42 percent) of all participants remained in the program, preparing for and participating in training or accessing post-training services. Twenty-five percent of participants exited the program without completing a healthcare training course” (p.Overview). (Abstractor: Author)