Rochester Health Profession Opportunity Grants (ROC-HPOG)
The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) were established by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to provide education and training programs in high-demand healthcare professions. In 2015, eleven community partners, led by Action for A Better Community (ABC), received an $8 million grant to establish Rochester Health Profession Opportunity Grants (ROC-HPOG). These grants will assist Monroe County in improving and increasing opportunities for underserved residents to gain employment in the healthcare field. URMC was one of those partners, and received two contracts through this grant.
The goal of ROC-HPOG at URMC and Highland Hospital is to assist employees in determining professional goals and achieving career advancement. With guidance and support from the URMC HPOG Employment Coordinator, current employees who are selected for the program will create a developmental action plan that will serve as a roadmap to professional growth and advancement within healthcare.
To qualify for ROC-HPOG, individuals must be:
- 18 years of age
- A resident of Monroe County
- A full- or part-time URMC or Highland Hospital employee
- Income eligible*
- Consent to participation and randomization
* At or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level for TANF and individuals with low income, and at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level for incumbent workers.
Upcoming: Professional Development and Training Information Sessions
For Strong Staffers, TAR employees and other entry level UR staff who are interested in learning about opportunities for healthcare career growth within the UR system. Monday, Feb. 26, two sessions, 2:00-3:00 pm or 3:15-4:15 pm. See flyer for details.
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Our Support Services
ROC-HPOG at URMC and Highland Hospital offers career assessment and coaching, work etiquette training, professional development mentoring, resume building assistance, and employment navigation to help current employees advance in their careers. In addition, the URMC Employment Coordinator will provide guidance in using the following benefits:
- URMC Tuition reimbursement for credit bearing training classes and programs
- Tuition Assistance
- Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) for:
- Testing fees
- License fees
Education and Training
Participants in ROC-HPOG may elect to obtain training for a range of healthcare positions. Training is organized as a series of manageable steps that lead to higher credentials and employment opportunities. More importantly, this program provides the necessary supports to assist participants in setting their own course—and developing their own career path to success!
Who is Eligible
The ROC-HPOG at URMC and Highland Hospital is committed to helping employees realize their professional dreams and aspirations. If you currently work in one of the fields below and are looking for growth opportunities, you are an ideal candidate. Please contact the ROC-HPOG Employment Coordinator for details.
- Environmental Services
- Medical Billing
- Call Center Representative
- Ambulatory Technologist
- Data Control Clerk
- Collections Specialist
- Document Imaging Specialist
- Laboratory Technician
- Outpatient Access Specialist
- Patient Care Technician
- Project Assistant
- Transport Assistant
- Dietetic Technician
- Administrative Assistant
- Information Technologist
- Strong Staffing Positions
ROC-HPOG is a collaborative amongst: Action for a Better Community, FOCUS+ Mentoring, IBERO American Action League Inc., Monroe Community College, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Refugee Resettlement, Rochester Works, Starbridge, University of Rochester Women’s Initiative Supporting Health, and the Veterans Outreach Center. Visit abcinfo.org/hpog for more information about the study.
Caitlyn Baker-Clicquennoi, Employment Coordinator
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.