- The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced that four organizations in New York State have been awarded a total of $6 million in federal grants to provide training to low-income individuals that will lead to employment and advancement opportunities in a variety of health care professions.
OTDA announced that the Health Profession Opportunity Grants have been awarded to agencies in the Bronx, Buffalo, Hauppauge and Schenectady. The grants are among 32 awarded to entities in 23 states by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"These grants will allow low-income workers the chance not only to develop skills to secure a job in this high-demand field, but put them on a career path that leads to higher pay over time," said Kristin Proud, Deputy Secretary for Human Services, Technology and Operations, who is currently overseeing OTDA. "We are grateful that ACF has recognized the value of the programs proposed by these four groups and are confident that participants will emerge with a better opportunity to achieve economic security and a better life for themselves and their children."
"The need for skilled health care workers remains strong in New York, and we expect additional job growth in this sector as the State implements federal health care reform," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "The grants will help train individuals to work in the exciting health care field, where they will find opportunities in home health care, physicians' offices, hospitals, and many other areas that provide personal and professional rewards."
The grants will provide public assistance recipients and other low-income individuals with training for work in a variety of health care professions, including as home care aides, certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, emergency medical technicians, licensed vocational nurses, registered nurses, dental assistants, and health information technicians. Organizations awarded grants will also provide additional services, including transportation and dependent care. OTDA will work closely with the selected organizations to coordinate the services funded through these grants with other resources to maximize the impact in the community for both job seekers and employers.
The following groups were awarded funding:
• Suffolk County Department of Labor, Hauppauge, $1,002,021.
• Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc., Buffalo, $1,323,067.
• Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, $2,257,885.
• Research Foundation of the City University of New York
- Hostos Community College, Bronx, $1,480,000.