Advocacy News

LeadingAge Ohio advocacy staff are working every day to bring members the latest news from the Statehouse on the issues that matter most to those who provide aging services and end-of-life care. Follow along here.


LeadingAge Ohio members give voice to budget issues

As the biennium budget process continues, LeadingAge Ohio was asked to present testimony at the March 4 Ohio House Families, Aging, and Human Services Committee on challenges faced by aging services providers both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week’s Virtual Lobby Week closed with 20 different legislative visits.

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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.

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Wallace testifies in House Subcommittee on LTSS budget needs

Last week, LeadingAge Ohio was invited to testify before the House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on HB110, Ohio’s operating budget bill for SFY2022-23, as part of an aging panel that included LeadingAge Ohio, o4a, the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice, the Ohio Healthcare Association, and the Ohio Assisted Living Association. 

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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.