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Action for a Better Community (ABC) held a press conference on August 11, 2016, to announce the start of ROC-HPOG (Health Professions Opportunity Grants), a new program designed to prepare individuals with low incomes for careers in health care. ABC was awarded 1.6 million dollars over a five-year period, with the goal of helping 1,000 people regionally prepare for and find employment in the health care field.

Jason Blackwell, James Norman, Donald Hardaway, Colin Garwood at ROC-HPOG press conferenceROC-HPOG is part of a national program that James Norman, President and CEO of ABC, described as unprecedented. He stated, "The five year period gives us a real chance to be successful."

Starbridge is one of twelve partners in a unique collaborative assembled by ABC. Adeanna Tazell, Service Navigator for Starbridge, will connect program participants with training and education to obtain employment in the health care field.

Donald Hardaway, Program Director at ABC, noted that ROC-HPOG includes a fund to assist participants in addressing some of the common barriers to employment, including inconsistent health care, lack of education, and inadequate transportation.

For more information about ROC-HPOG, visit Starbridge’s HPOG page or contact Adeanna Tazell by phone at 585-224-7212 or by email at atazell@starbridgeinc.org.