Health Professional Opportunity Grant

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Health Professions Opportunity Grants

What is

The Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) is a federally-funded program established by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) to provide education and training programs in high demand healthcare professions to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, incumbent workers, and other low-income individuals.

This program is an important federal effort to improve the labor market opportunities of disadvantaged populations within the healthcare field.


Working with community partners, ROC-HPOG promotes and provides opportunities to train and educate TANF and individuals with low-income to enter employment in the healthcare field and become self-sufficient.

With the guidance and support from HPOG Navigators, each program participant will create a development plan that will serve as a roadmap to ensure a successful transition into a career in healthcare. Training is organized as a series of manageable steps leading to successively higher credentials and employment opportunities.

In the last four years, 380 completed healthcare training and 281 gained employment in high-demand healthcare occupations, including:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Community Healthcare Worker
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
  • Home Health Aides (HHA)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Medical & Health Service Managers
  • Pharmacy Aides (PA)
  • Radiological Tech
  • Receptionist & Information Clerks
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Surgical Tech

What Does HPOG Do?

  • Trains in basic skills education and soft skills

  • Arranges High School Equivalency (HSE)/TASC™ tests

  • Accelerates job readiness to promote job security

  • Offers healthcare job education and training

  • Maintains quality guidance, support, mentoring, and tutoring

  • Assists potentially with books, supplies, testing/license, and uniform expenses

Participant Testimonials

  • “This program has been such a blessing to me.  You all do so much to help people in need.  I can’t believe I am finally going to be a CNA.  You have helped me through the hardest time in my life.  Everyone said I couldn’t do it and I did. Thank you for everything.” - D. Cole

  • ”Thank you so much for all your help.  I am so grateful words can’t explain.  The fact that I did not have to take out any loans was so amazing it truly brought me to tears. Thanks a Million for all you and this program has done for me this has been truly life changing.” - L. Williams

Participant Eligibility

  • Age 18 or older
  • Attendance of one information session
  • Valid photo ID (driver’s license, NYS ID, benefits card, passport)
  • Income level:
  • Below 200% of federal poverty guidelines for TANF and individuals

Below 250% of federal poverty guidelines if currently enrolled in the healthcare industry

Proof of income (pay stubs, DHS or SSI/SSD budget sheet, Form 1040 tax return, 6 months of unemployment with W-2 or SSI statements, notarized Zero-Income Affidavit)

  • Proof of Monroe County residence (addressed billing statement, DHS or social security letter, notarized affidavit of residency)
  • US citizenship or legal US residency


HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.

This document was supported by Grant 90FX0055 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.




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