HPOG Grantee/Employer Partner Engagement

HPOG Grantee/Employer Partner Engagement


>>Employer Partner: With a facility of this
size you continue to need people because there is turn over.>>Employer Partner: Nationally all the reports
are saying there is a shortage of both home health aids, CNA’s and nurses.>>Employer Partner: It is very hard to find
people the fit these positions here. It is not just about having a clinical background
but you have to have compassion and a heart for people.>>Employer Partner: We’re all out there
trying to recruit and hire the same levels of caregivers.>>Voiceover: 32 HPOG programs across 21 states
are providing in-demand healthcare training to qualified individuals and are prepared
to meet the growing needs of local healthcare industries.>>Mary Mingle: HPOG or Health Professions
Opportunity Grant Programs are here to meet the workforce development needs of healthcare
employers. We help develop healthcare career pathways
by providing educational opportunities, intensive case management, soft skills training, connections
to the community. Whatever a participant may need to become
a strong effective employee.>>Lisa Hackenburg: We’ve been working with
HPOG for several years now. It is really a true partnership. They have assisted and helped us as a community
in so many ways. First and foremost, it’s a collaborative
effort where they understand our need.>>Mary Mingle: Had to come together and develop
an employability skills curriculum. We call them soft skills. Those things that aren’t actually the occupational
skills but they’re the things that every employee needs to be successful.>>Lisa Hackenburg: That’s obviously crucial
in this setting because we’re a 365, 24-hour day business we need dependable, reliable
caregivers.>>Andrea Megargell: The 3 main attributes
that I look for when I’m interviewing people to work as a home health aide for us are compassion,
excellence and reliability.>>Andrea Megargell: What that means is, with
compassion we’re looking for those that are not in it just for a paycheck but they’re
in it because they genuinely want to care for our clients and help out these families. With excellence, we’re looking that they
are excellent in their skills, excellent in their professionalism and they’re prepared
not only for the interview but to do this work. And lastly is reliability, we do say “A
yes means a yes” If you’re telling us you’re going to show up, that you’re going
to do that because those families are counting on us.>>Katherine Vastine: When an employer hires
an HPOG participant, they’re getting someone that has completed a trained program as well
as HPOGs career coordinators standing behind that participant. Knowing that that staff member is there to
support that individual in their employment retention. Another way that we work with employers is
at career fairs. A lot of times an employer might be meeting
with someone that is interested in working for them.>>Nancy James: You know, I get an opportunity
to go to these job fairs, these boutique job fairs. It’s a very small amount of vendors with
usually a pretty good turnout of students. So, it gives me an opportunity to get into
large groups of individuals to explain what correctional healthcare has to offer and why
this is a different opportunity than many of the other healthcare opportunities that
we have out there.>>Tavvy Smalls: It is benefiting us because
we can go in and work with the students. Give them our rules, our regulations, prepare
them specifically for what we expect from them and they bring that skillset right into
us and it is only another extra benefit that the students are here. They’re local, they’re familiar with us
and it just makes this place better altogether.>>Lisa Hackenburg: Because we are so highly
regulated to bring a new employee into the long-term care environment. As an employee, we have a lot of prescreening
that needs to happen. HPOG makes that seamless and effortless.>>Andrea Megargell: Something else I’ve
noticed too with HPOG participants coming is they may already have their clearances
in process or completed. They usually have their CPR done as well anyway
because they needed it for the CNA training. They may also have their physical done, perhaps
a PPD so we have already checked off maybe half of the list of what we need to get their
entire employee file ready for hire.

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