Brod, Wallace testify in House on workforce issues
Last week, LeadingAge Ohio President/CEO Kathryn Brod and Chief Policy Officer Susan Wallace were invited to testify before the House Families, Aging & Human Services Committee. Their testimony highlighted workforce challenges experienced in the sector preceding the pandemic, and how COVID-19 exacerbated shortages and drove wages up as providers struggled to keep pace with competing employers. Their presentation highlighted findings from the AARP LTSS Scorecard which found that, while Ohio rose from 44th in the nation to 19th in the nation over the past six years, in certain areas, including family caregiver support, Ohio still lagged far behind. Recent data indicate that compared to contiguous states, nursing and aide shortages in Ohio’s nursing homes are second-most severe in the six-state region, while physician shortages are more severe than any neighboring state.