Montefiore Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Program

HPOG is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and implemented by Montefiore Medical Center to help individuals complete training and begin their healthcare careers. Montefiore HPOG provides training and support for program participants to enter a high-demand career as a home health aide, partnering with leading New York home care agencies. Our home care agency partners are in the Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester County and offer immediate employment opportunities to program graduates. 

Our program’s mission is to build healthier neighborhoods through a commitment to community health. The program creates opportunities for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals by offering support and workforce skills needed to progress on a career pathway in the healthcare field. 

Our Program Benefits

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  • Free home health aide training in both English and Spanish, with immediate employment upon successful completion of training
  • Access to vocational counselors who can help trainees overcome barriers to employment and succeed in a new career
  • HPOG counselors who are on site at the training agency to help participants complete training and transition to new jobs as home health aides
  • Access to support to help complete training, including case management, transportation assistance, examination preparation courses, tutoring, enhanced career-focused internships, and job placement and retention assistance
  • Educational options, including basic skills education, high school equivalency programs, literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, and career advancement opportunities
  • The ability to explore career pathway options, such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Patient Care Technician (PCT), or to enroll in college programs to prepare for careers in nursing with HPOG

Program Eligibility

Services are available if you are selected to participate in HPOG and enroll with a partner agency. Eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in HPOG. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities. You also may contact Montefiore HPOG 844-411-HPOG (844-411-4764), where you can ask for program information and obtain a referral to one of our partner agencies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Montefiore Vocational Counselor will help you identify obstacles you are facing that interfere with your ability to get and keep a job as a home health aide. The Vocational Counselor can help you in removing these obstacles to help you succeed and advance in your new career.

Yes, Montefiore vocational counselors can help improve your current skills and refer you to additional training programs so that you have the opportunity to advance within the healthcare industry.

Yes, Montefiore vocational counselors will refer you to outside agencies that offer assistance with a variety of helpful services, including (but not limited to) childcare, transportation, financial assistance, housing, food pantries, clothing needs and more.

Montefiore Vocational Counselors conduct an employment assessment to determine your vocational strengths/limitations and to help direct you to the appropriate services. Your counselor will stay in contact with you throughout your Home Health Aide training. Vocational Counselors also stay in contact with your training agency and staff to ensure successful training completion and job placement.

HPOG Vocational Counselors are on site at your Home Health Aide training agency on a weekly basis. Your counselor will provide contact information so can you text, phone or set up an in-person appointment.


For more information about Montefiore HPOG, please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or call us at 844-411-HPOG (-4764).

Edith Bolanos
Phone: 929-220-8083

Damaris Stevenson
Phone: 929-220-8071


This document was supported by Grant 90FX0034-01-00 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS. “Funded by the federal government, HPOG is a study being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.”