Training TANF Recipients for Careers in Healthcare: The Experience of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program

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Training TANF Recipients for Careers in Healthcare: The Experience of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program

Abstract

This report focuses on TANF recipients’ engagement and experiences in the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Program, with the goal of helping understand how HPOG programs serve TANF recipients. The report uses HPOG Program administrative data and interviews with program staff to describe observed differences — and possible reasons for the differences — in the participation, outcomes, and experiences of two types of HPOG participants: those receiving TANF benefits when they begin an HPOG program and those who do not. The report addresses why TANF recipient participation levels vary across HPOG programs and identifies strategies programs used both to engage the TANF population and work cooperatively with local TANF agencies.

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