2021 Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program
Annual Meeting
Sustaining Healthcare Profession Connections Into the Future

July 27–29, 2021
1:00–4:30 p.m. EDT

Contact Information
For registration questions, please contact:
Michelle L. Murray, CMP, CVEP
Conference Group Manager
NOVA Research Company


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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

The HPOG 2.0 Journey

Diandra Gourlay, Program Manager, Volunteers of America Michigan
Brian Kelsey, Program Director, Action for a Better Community, Inc.
Lisa Parks, Project Director, Rogue Community College

2:40 pm – 3:30 pm

Tribal Grantee Breakout

Carol Hafford, Principal Research Scientist, National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago

Financial Literacy and Benefits Cliff

Danita Wadley, Vice President of Houston Region, Volunteers of America Texas and
LaSonya Bishop, Director of Workforce Programs, Volunteers of America Texas
Kifaya Douglas, Data Analyst, Montefiore Medical Center

Grantee Technical Assistance (TA) Showcase

Dr. Barbara Schmitt, Project Director, Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board
Hope Miller, Program Manager, Hostos Community College
Becky Fausett, Project HELP Director, Central Community College

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Catching up with Misty: An HPOG Story

Misty Gaston-Morgan, Workforce Development Board SDA-83, Inc.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Beyond Uncertainty: From Lessons to Legacy

Dr. Nicole Bossard, TGC Consulting, Inc.
Kelly Meier, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas Training Program Supervisor, Kansas Department of Commerce
Wanda Williams Bailey, Project HOPE Project Director, South Carolina Department of Social Services
Katherine Vastine, WATCH Project Program Manager, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

HPOG Staff Success Stories

CoLynn Paprocki, Success Coach, Central Community College
Ronaldo Pimentel, Case Manager, Hostos Community College
Kristy Sones, Workforce Academic Specialist, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

Thursday, July 29, 2021

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

National Evaluation Updates and Review Breakout

Robin Koralek, Deputy Project Director, Abt Associates
David Judkins, Director of Analysis, Abt Associates

HPOG University Partnership (UP): Research to Practice Partnerships: Lessons Learned from the HPOG University Partnership Research Grants

Jackie Rhodes, Senior Manager, ICF International
Dr. Philip Hong, Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work
Dr. Jessica Santos, Director of Community-Engaged Research, Institute for Economic and Racial Equity, Brandeis University
Dr. Lauren Adams Tighe, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
Psychological Self-Sufficiency (PSS) Research - Summary
Transforming Impossible into Possible (TIP)® - Summary

Employment Strategies—Adaptive Employment Strategies to Carry into the Future

Craig Gebers, Project Director, Zepf Center
Carmen Jones Aviles, HPOG Employment Advanced Program Coordinator, Pima Community College
Michele Tedder, Program Manager, Community College of Allegheny County

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