Sending Office: Honorable Richard E. Neal
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Taylor.Downs@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current Co-sponsors:  D. Davis; Beyer; Blumenauer; Boyle; Chu; DelBene; Evans; Gomez; Higgins; Horsford; Kildee; Lewis; Moore; S. Murphy; Panetta; Pascrell; Sablan; Sewell; and Suozzi.

Organizations Endorsing:  American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals (ASAHP); California Competes; Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP); Coalition on Adult Basic
Education (COABE); Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts; Family Equality; Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts; Jobs for the Future (JFF); LeadingAge; National Association of State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE); National League of Cities
(NLC); National Skills Coalition (NSC); State University of New York at Schenectady (SUNY Schenectady); University of Michigan, Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center; University of Washington, Center for Health Workforce Studies; and Whitman Walker Health

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to cosponsor the Pathways to Health Careers Act (H.R. 3398),
which builds upon and expands the successful Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. HPOG offers a proven job training model that not only addresses worker shortages in allied health care fields, but also helps Americans get better jobs that will
keep their families out of poverty.

Pathways to Health Careers Act incorporates proposals from 16 bills introduced by Ways & Means Democrats:

  • H.R. 3335, Territory Health Revitalization Act  (Neal / Gonzales-Colon / Sablan)
  • H.R. 3336, Demonstrating that Empowerment Makes Opportunities (DEMO) Act  (D. Davis)
  • H.R. 3337, Labor Market Response Act  (Boyle)
  • H.R. 3338, Essential Skills and Child Care for Health Professions Act   (Chu)
  • H.R. 3339, Mentoring and Supporting Families Act   (Evans)
  • H.R. 3340, Tribal Healthcare Careers Act  (Gomez)
  • H.R. 3341, Opioid Treatment Providers Act  (Higgins)
  • H.R. 3342, Health Providers Training Act  (Horsford)
  • H.R. 3343, Technical Assistance for Health Grants Act  (Kildee)
  • H.R. 3344, Opportunities to Support Mothers & Deliver Children Act  (Moore)
  • H.R. 3345, Making Opportunities Reachable for Everyone (MORE) Act  (S. Murphy)
  • H.R. 3346, Health Opportunities to Promote Equity (HOPE) Act  (Pascrell)
  • H.R. 3347, Rural Health Training Opportunities Act  (Sewell)
  • H.R. 3756, Pre-apprenticeship Promotion Act  (Beyer)
  • H.R. 3767, Impacts and Outcomes for Health Career Training Act  (Schneider)
  • H.R. 3823, Promoting Health Careers in Community & Technical Colleges Act  (Doggett)

The HPOG model trains low-income people for in-demand jobs in the health care industry using a “career pathways” approach that helps fill important entry-level health care jobs, but keeps workers from getting stuck at lower pay levels. Grantees provide enrolled
participants with the education and training they need, not just to get jobs, but to achieve their career goals in the health care sector. This training model stands out amongst health care training programs in that it provides access to key supportive services
like child care, transportation, mentoring and career coaching, to ensure that everyone has a fair shot at earning industry-recognized health care credentials.

Since its inception in 2010, the program has provided more than 50,000 people with economic mobility and a career pathway, most of whom come from marginalized communities or have other employment barriers.  HPOG is increasing diversity in the health professions,
and trains untapped sources of job seekers to fill workforce shortages. We know from rigorous evaluations that the HPOG program not only helps people meet their career goals through supportive job training that provides an economic mobility ladder, but that
it is also on its way toward labor market success.

The HPOG program currently funds a number of effective local programs, but does not operate in all states, and is scheduled to sunset September 30, four years into a five-year grant cycle.  The Pathways to Health Careers Act will allow existing grants to
receive their final year of funding, and will expand access to all 50 states and Washington DC, including dedicated funds for U.S. territories and tribal communities, which will substantially increase the number of individuals and local economies that can
benefit from this proven job training approach.

For questions or to cosponsor, please contact Kimberley Meinert at the Committee on Ways and Means.  We look forward to moving this bill in Committee.

Sincerely,

Richard E. Neal                                                Danny K. Davis

Member of Congress                                        Member of Congress

Chairman, Committee on Ways & Means       Chairman, Subcommittee on Worker & Family Support

                                                                         Committee on Ways & Means

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Education, Family Issues, HealthCare, Labor

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 3398
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