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This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP): National HCOP Academies authorized by Section 739 of the Public Health Service Act. The purpose of this grant program is to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter and successfully complete health profession schools. The National HCOP Academies will prepare students to meet the admissions requirements for the next level of their education and receive a health professions degree or certificate. National HCOP Academies’ goals are to: • Improve recruitment, matriculation, retention, and graduation rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. • Provide opportunities for community-based experiential health professions training, emphasizing experiences in underserved communities.
Eligible applicants include accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, chiropractic, podiatric medicine, public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, programs for the training of physician assistants, and other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities able to carry out the activities of the program, including community colleges, technical colleges, and tribal
colleges. Pursuant to the statutory authority, nursing schools and programs are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.
Eligible entities must be located within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.