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Health Careers Exploration Program (HCEP)

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

California Department of Health Care Access and Information
Mar 11, 2022


Health Careers Exploration Program (HCEP) will fund health career conferences, workshops, and health career exploration programs in California, especially those serving underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged students.

Funds will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Health Career Conferences and Workshops - programs that focus on introducing students to a variety of health career options through career fairs and workshops.
  • Hands-On Experience in Healthcare - programs that directly engage participants in health careers through hands-on experiences that include direct interaction with healthcare professionals in real or simulated healthcare settings.

Applicants in either category must:

  • Create and/or strengthen educational partnerships, community support, and workforce preparation efforts between entities
  • Provide programming that is culturally and linguistically responsive to program participants, which requires recognizing and addressing behaviors, values, practices, attitudes, and beliefs as they affect their healthcare
  • Develop, promote, and use comprehensive curriculum to engage and educate participants on a variety of topics/professions that include, but are not limited to:
    • Care coordination
    • Consumer empowerment
    • Evidence-based and/or community-identified best practices
    • Health literacy
    • Mental/behavioral health and suicide prevention
    • Preparedness and resilience training
    • Primary care service delivery
    • Principles of treating the whole person
    • Substance use treatment
    • Serving individuals across the life span
    • Tele-health

    While HCEP funded activities are open to all participants regardless of age, gender, race or ethnicity, program activities should include individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Outreach and recruitment efforts in rural and medically underserved areas/populations, to educationally and/or economically disadvantaged students, and to persons with disabilities, former foster youth, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, veterans, immigrants, and refugees are encouraged.


Proposals will be accepted from public, private nonprofit, and private for-profit organizations located within the state of California.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Health Career Conferences and Workshops: Up to $20,000
Health Career Exploration: Up to $25,000

Application process

Links to application instructions and the online application are available on the program website.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Asian · Behavioral health · Black or African American · Care coordination · Culture and cultural competency · Health literacy · Health workforce · Health workforce pipeline · Hispanic or Latino · Immigrants · LGBTQ+ · Mental health · Minorities · Networking and collaboration · People with disabilities · Primary care · Substance use and misuse · Suicide and suicide prevention · Telehealth · Veterans · California

Organizations (1)

  • California Department of Health Care Access and Information, view details

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