Grant Details

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

 
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    CFDA#

    93.822
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

    Summary

    The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) supports national efforts to diversify the health care workforce by funding projects to expand and support opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
    The purpose of this grant program is to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter a health profession through the development of academies that will support and guide them through the educational pipeline. Based on Section 739 of the Public Health Service Act, academies are expected to focus on:
    • promoting the recruitment of qualified individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds into health professions, including allied health programs;
    • improving retention, matriculation and graduation rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of economically or educationally disadvantaged students; and
    • providing opportunities for community based health professions training in primary care settings, emphasizing experiences in rural and underserved communities.
    The HCOP program aims to increase opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully access and complete the educational and training requirements to become a health professional. The program works by strengthening the academic and social preparation of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure their preparation for success in college and careers in health care. HCOP focuses on three key milestones of education:
    • High school completion;
    • Acceptance, retention and graduation from college; and
    • Acceptance, retention and completion of a health professions degree program.
    The ultimate goal of the HCOP program is to diversify the health professions workforce by narrowing the educational achievement gaps between individuals from higher-income and lower-income households.
    Applicants are required to propose activities to meet all nine legislative purposes outlined below.
    1. Recruitment: Identify, recruit, and select individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, as so determined, for education and training in a health profession;
    2. Facilitating Entry: Facilitate the entry of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds into health or allied health professions schools;
    3. Counseling, Mentoring and other Services: Provide counseling, mentoring or other services (including retention activities) designed to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully complete their education at such a school;
    4. Preliminary Education and Health Research Training: Provide preliminary education and health research training designed to assist students to successfully complete regular courses of education at such a school, or referring individuals to institutions providing such preliminary education. This is completed prior to the entry of individuals into the regular course of education of a school, including graduate programs in behavioral or mental health; and
    5. Financial Aid Information Dissemination: Publicize existing sources of financial aid available to students in the education program at such a school or those who are undertaking training necessary to qualify them to enroll in such a program;
    6. Primary Care Exposure Activities: Carry out programs under which individuals gain experience regarding a career in a field of primary health care through working at facilities of public or private non-profit community-based providers of primary health services;
    7. Develop a More Competitive Applicant Pool: Conduct activities to develop a larger and more competitive applicant pool through partnerships with institutions of higher education, school districts, and other community-based entities; and
    8. Stipends: Provide stipends to individuals for general living expenses to help defray students cost(s) for any period of health professions education at a health professions school; not to exceed twelve months.
    9. Scholarships: Provide scholarship support to individuals to cover tuition, fees, books, and other related educational expenses for any period of health professions education at a health professions school.
    Applicants are required to propose activities that address the academic and social support needs of one or more of the following target populations from disadvantaged backgrounds:
    • Rising high school juniors/seniors - Identify, recruit and prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to competitively enter and complete college (2 or 4 year colleges);
    • Adult/non-traditional learners (including veterans) Provide academic and social support to adult/non-traditional students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and provide training to prepare students for competitive entry into and graduation from the applicants institution or an accredited allied health or health professions school.
    • Allied health professions degree students Provide academic and social support to retain and assist students, including first-generation college students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in 2-year programs to graduate with an associates degree and/or transfer to a 4- year institution. This includes two-year allied health programs serving as career ladders to doctoral and other graduate health professions degrees
    • Undergraduate students Provide academic and social support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and provide training to prepare for competitive entry into the applicants institution or an accredited health professions school.
    • Health professions degree students Provide academic and social support to health professions students, including first-generation college students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and provide training in rural and underserved communities in order to facilitate timely completion and graduation of a health professions degree.
     

    History of Funding

    Approximately $11,000,000 was available for up to 20 awards in FY15.

    Additional Information

    Funds may not be used:
    • Direct compensation or payment to parents of HCOP participants who participate in HCOP activities;
    • Training expenses for faculty and staff;
    • Test taking fees for health professions schools;
    • Dependency allowances;
    • Construction of facilities, acquisition of land, or fund raising;
    • Interview trips to health and allied health professions schools;
    • Support of courses that are offered as part of the regular academic curriculum and not part of the HCOP programming;
    • Sectarian instruction or for any religious purpose;
    • Job placement activities;
    • Activities for health professionals (e.g., internships, externships, residencies);
    • Remedial courses not offered during HCOP programming;
    • Faculty support for full-time course work during the academic year;
    • Pilot projects, planning projects, feasibility studies, or activities of a similar nature; or
    • Meals, beverages, lodging, and transportation that are not essential to conduct HCOP activity.

    Contacts

    Tammy Mayo-Blake

    Tammy Mayo-Blake
    Division of Health Careers and Financial Support
    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD 20857
    (301) 443-0827
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include:
    • Accredited schools of Medicine; Osteopathic medicine; Public health; Dentistry; Veterinary medicine; Optometry; Pharmacy; Allied health; Chiropractic, or Podiatric medicine;
    • Public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health;
    • Programs for the training of physician assistants; and
    • Other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities including community colleges, technical colleges and tribal colleges.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted on May 29, 2018. Similar deadlines are anticipated triennially.

    Award Details

    Approximately $12,794,000 is anticipated in total funding for FY18. Up to 20 grants were expected to be made. Awards will be up to $640,000 per year and will last for 5 years. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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