Action for a Better Community (ABC) has received a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in order to help place over 1,000 low-income workers into jobs in the healthcare industry.
The $1.6 million grant has been authorized by the Affordable Care Act, and is renewable for five years, according to ABC officials.
HPOG currently provides education, training, and career opportunities to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, other low-income individuals, and incumbent workers.
“We are very pleased about the opportunities this grant provides the targeted populations to acquire the education and training to either begin, or expand, their growth in a healthcare career,” ABC president and CEO James Norman stated. “I want to acknowledge the work of the FR=EE, Facing Race, Embracing Equity community collaborative, (especially the Race and Health Disparities and Race and Jobs workgroups) for playing an important role in helping us to quickly mobilize community support around the development of the HPOG application. Also, I want to recognize the hard work of other community partners who participated in the writing, and helped to defray the cost of grant development. This is truly a community effort that ABC is happy to lead.”
Norman said the overall objective of ROC-HPOG is to enroll 1,500 participants, and to assist at least 1,000 program participants to attain career–ladder employment in the healthcare field, over the term of the grant.
Over 100 participants have presently been accepted into the program, and, to date, 35 are either registered for, or involved in one of the approved healthcare training tracks, or basic skills training.
Five are currently employed in the healthcare field.
ABC said the organization is preparing the remaining enrollees to enter healthcare training.
The group’s first-year goal is to enroll 150 participants in the program, and then 1,500 participants, total, over the five-year period.
Twelve program participants are presently enrolled in the Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) Certified Nursing Assistant training program at St. Mary’s Hospital, which began Aug. 1., and the next training will begin Sept. 1.
Seating is limited to 12 for the training.
Visit www.abcinfo.org/hpog for additional information regarding the HPOG program.