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Program Overview

Southern Oregon Health Occupations and Poverty Elimination (Southern Oregon HOPE) trains eligible low-income students for careers in high-demand healthcare fields.  Southern Oregon HOPE is a demonstration project with two main goals:

  1. SOHOPE Students at HECProvide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals the opportunity to obtain career pathway education and training for healthcare occupations that pay well.
  2. Provide the local healthcare industry with additional well-trained workers to meet labor shortages and high demand occupations.

Southern Oregon HOPE serves TANF recipients and other low-income individuals in Jackson and Josephine counties for healthcare education and training from Rogue Community College. To address barriers of poverty that keep many individuals from having access to quality healthcare training, Southern Oregon HOPE provides wrap-around case management support utilizing regional, community-based organizations and academic support and the program will include intensive case management to identify problems that keep students from completing training.  In addition, when participants are eligible, SOHOPE can help offset the costs of transportation and childcare.

The SOHOPE healthcare training programs include:
  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Dental Assistant Certificate
  • Medical Assistant Certificate
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician Certificate
  • Phlebotomy Pathway Certificate
  • Sterile Processing Technician Certificate
  • Traditional Health Worker Certificate
  • Massage Therapy Certificate
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Certified Nursing Assistant II (CNA2).

The five-year, $14.5 million ($14,597,680) partnership is financed by a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) from the Office of Family Assistance, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. HPOG includes 35 demonstration projects across the country; and as such Southern Oregon HOPE will participate in controlled research studies to share best practices and evaluate the effectiveness of these programs in assisting students to overcome barriers, complete training, and obtain employment in the healthcare field.