Advocacy Resources

LeadingAge Story Collector

LeadingAge Story Collector

LeadingAge is collecting stories that demonstrate the humanity and direct impact of our shared work. Click the graphic above to submit your story and support LeadingAge advocacy work. 

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

Leading Age Ohio Advocacy Agenda for state's 2022-2023 biennium budget

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.

May 10: Advocacy in Action recording

April 15: Advocacy in Action recording

March 22, 2021 Advocacy in Action recording

March 8, 2021 Advocacy in Action recording

February 8, 2021 Advocacy in Action recording

2020 Election Recap Recording


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. 

Press Release: Study Demonstrates Impact Of Pandemic On Staffing In Nursing Facilities Assisted Living

Scripps Gerontology Center - SNF survey (July 2021)

Scripps Gerontology Center - RCF survey (July 2021)

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

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. 

Aging 101

Aging 101

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.

Workforce Impact

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.


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Patrick Schwartz

Patrick Schwartz

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

Susan Wallace

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
Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.