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Advocacy in Action
Advocacy in Action calls are held at 10AM on the second Monday of each month and are a no-cost, monthly member benefit where members are invited to check in with LeadingAge Ohio advocacy staff and member advocates on the latest policy news from Columbus. You can join these calls by adding this re-occurring invite to your outlook calendar.
Final Budget Advocacy Results
Advocacy in Action Recordings
August 9: Advocacy in Action recording
A review of Carolyn's Law, a grassroots advocacy effort to bring higher minimum staffing levels through a constitutional ballot initiative and referendum. Power Point of presentation here.
May 25: Advocacy in Action recording
LeadingAge Director of Medicaid and Home and Community-based Services Brendan Flinn provided an overview of recent federal guidance on how state and local funds awarded through the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) can be used to bolster COVID-19 recovery efforts. Power Point of presentation here.
Issue briefs and reports
LeadingAge Ohio provides a number of quality resources to help members prepare for meetings with policymakers and local leaders. Check out the resources below.
Scripps Gerontology Center surveys of skilled nursing facilities and assisted living
Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University conduced a survey of Ohio skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers. LeadingAge Ohio, the Ohio Health Care Association, the Academy for Senior Health Sciences and the Ohio Assisted Living Association are unified in their alarm at the findings, which demonstrate the continuing need for support in the aging services sector during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
State budget advocacy issue briefs
LeadingAge Ohio has prepared issue briefs for SFY 22-23 state budget advocacy work. The following documents are available to help inform legislators about the needs of LeadingAge Ohio members.
As the Senate begins its work, the following one-pager of LeadingAge Ohio asks has been prepared.
In addition, a coalition of members working on expanding the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has prepared the following document to assist with advocacy efforts:
Economic Impact Study
LeadingAge Ohio worked with the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to produce a report that shows the economic impact of LeadingAge Ohio members—as employers and economic drivers in communities across Ohio. It also characterizes the present and future challenges LeadingAge Ohio member organizations will likely face as Ohio’s senior population grows. The report provides estimates of present and future need along with guideposts to help navigate the future.
Check out the Economic Impact Study here.
Ohio is home to the sixth largest population of older adults in the country. Aging 101 provides an overview of aging, services, and supports in Ohio. It outlines the current and future state of aging in Ohio; provides information regarding long-term care, post-acute care and additional supports and payment models; and discusses varying careers and workforce solutions within the field.
Check out the Aging 101 report here.
In 2016, LeadingAge Ohio partnered with a group of associations to survey over 500 post-acute care providers on their workforce challenges.
Check out the Workforce Survey Report here.
‘The Aging Advocate’ legislative newsletter
Each month, LeadingAge Ohio shares its legislative newsletter, ‘The Aging Advocate’, with Ohio state legislators, administration official, and the media. This publication is designed to communicate what's going on in the world of aging and give viewers a peek at LeadingAge Ohio's 400+ members around the state.
LeadingAge Ohio staff offer testimony on various issues impacting our members and the Ohioans they serve daily. From reimbursement rates for services across the continuum to the impact legislation can have on an individual in the final phase of his/her life, LeadingAge Ohio advocates for each and every Ohioan allowing your voice to be heard. Copies of testimonies are highlighted below.
Political Action Committee
Projects & Partnerships
Director of Strategic Communications
- Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
- Oversees digital strategy, including websites, newsletters and social media channels
- Provides strategic direction for communicating organizational goals and achievements to members, partners, policy makers and the media
- Serves as primary contact for media inquiries
- Staff liaison to Communications/PR committee
Susan Wallace, MSW, LSW
Chief Policy Officer
- Primary contact for policy priority development, advocacy and legislative affairs
- Staff liaison to Advocacy Committee, Adult Day Subcommittee, Home Health, Hospice & HCBS Subcommittee, Housing Subcommittee, Skilled Nursing Facility, Nursing Facility/Assisted Living Subcommittee