Discusses interim outcomes for participants involved with the Healthcare Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program, including pre-training activities, support services and assistance, training completion and employment.

“The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program, established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, funds training programs in high-demand healthcare professions, targeted to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals…. This report is part of the HPOG National Implementation Evaluation (NIE) and provides interim results on the key outcomes of HPOG healthcare training completion and employment, as well as on participants’ pre-training activities and receipt of support services and employment assistance. This study includes 27 HPOG grantees [including postsecondary educational institutions, workforce investment boards, state or local government agencies, and community-based organizations]…. It is based primarily on administrative data from the first 12 months of HPOG participation for 8,634 individuals who enrolled in HPOG between September 30, 2010, and October 1, 2012” (p.i).

“To put HPOG program outcomes in perspective, we can compare them to similar programs such as career pathways programs, sectoral training programs in healthcare and other industries, and employment and training programs focused on TANF recipients and other disadvantaged, low-income individuals. These interim training completion and employment findings are consistent with outcomes published for similar programs” (p.26).

(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full Publication Title: Interim Outcome Study Report: National Implementation Evaluation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals

Major Findings & Recommendations

• “In the first year after enrollment, 84 percent of HPOG enrollees participated in at least one healthcare training course. • “The most common enrollments were for training courses as nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants; licensed and vocational nurses; registered nurses; medical records and health information technicians; and medical assistants. • “Of those who began a healthcare training course, 59 percent completed and 28 percent were still participating in healthcare training courses at the end of 12 months. Of those who completed at least one training course, 21 percent completed multiple courses. Shorter training courses, such as nursing aides and home health aides, had higher completion rates, while other courses can take over a year to complete. • “Of those who exited the program after completing one or more healthcare training courses in the first year (19 percent of all enrollees), 66 percent were employed at exit. In contrast, among those who left the HPOG Program without completing training, 33 percent were employed at exit. Over half of training completers who exited (55 percent) were employed in a healthcare job with an average hourly wage of $11.68” (p.26). (Abstractor: Author)