Advocacy Resources

Advocacy in Action

Advocacy in Action calls are held at 10 a.m. 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. 

New Image2020 Election Recap Recording

Listen to the post-election briefing, facilitated by LeadingAge Ohio legislative counsel, David Paragas and Bridget McAuliffe of Barnes & Thornburg to gain an in-depth understanding of the election results, including which districts flipped, freshmen legislators we’ll be working with in the new year, and what the election results mean for the upcoming budget process.


Invite Your Legislator to Your Organization

Hosting your federal legislators gives them the chance to meet their elder constituents and learn more about your organization’s work for older adults. It also gives you the opportunity to become a "go-to” organization for policy makers when it comes to issues related to aging services.   

Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

Issue Briefs

Before you contact your legislator, it is important to review the issue you are planning to discuss. This is useful whether you are meeting in person, calling his or her office, or sending an email. Talking points are available for: 

Workforce Impact


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


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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.