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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Careers Opportunity Program

Deadline: May 15, 2015

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Health Careers and Financial Support is accepting applications for fiscal year 2015 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). 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:

  1. Promote the recruitment of qualified students and adult learners, including veterans from disadvantaged backgrounds into health or allied health professions programs
  2. Improve retention rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds
  3. Improve matriculation and graduation rates
  4. Provide opportunities for community-based health professions training, emphasizing experiences in 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.

Amount: Approximately $11,000,000 is available to fund 20 grantees. Awards up to $650,000 per year will be made, for a period of 3 years.

Eligibility: Accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, chiropractic, 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.

Link: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/diversity/hcop.html

Note: There will be two technical assistance webinars held, on March 31 and April 23, 2015.

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