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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces $1.6 Million Award for Action for a Better Community

August 16, 2017
Press Release
Competitive grant will provide training that prepares low-income local residents for careers in the health care field

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $1.6 million federal award for Action for a Better Community (ABC) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Professional Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program. Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the HPOG program provides education, training and job placement for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field. Slaughter brought the Affordable Care Act to the floor of the House of Representatives in 2009 as Chairwoman of the Rules Committee.

“I’m proud to announce this major award for Action for a Better Community. This grant, made possible through the Affordable Care Act, will provide a pathway for many in our region to find good, high-paying jobs in the health care industry. It is an investment in our workforce that will help qualified individuals get the training and development they need to advance their career and support their families,” said Slaughter. 

“We are gratified to receive this third funding increment of the five-year HPOG program, so that the local HPOG partnership can continue to assist low and moderate individuals obtain training and jobs, or career advancement in the growing field of health care,” said James Norman, CEO of ABC.

A critical component of the program is providing participants with the opportunity to obtain higher education, training, and support services needed to secure positions that have opportunity for advancement and sustainability, and a pathway to financial self-sufficiency. HPOG participants enroll in a variety of training and education programs that result in an employer or industry recognized certificate or degree. The most common training programs include those for nurse aides, home health aides, licensed and vocational nurses, registered nurses, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, and phlebotomists.