10:00 AM – WELCOME REMARKS (Doug)
Welcome to the third annual Advocacy in Motion’s Public Policy Community Forum sponsored by Western Reserve AAA. As you may know, I am Dr. Beach, the CEO of the area agency. Thank you for attending today’ event.
Before we start, I would like to remind you that you are required to sign in for your CEU’s at the table in the hall before the program begins.
The nation’s older adults and those who serve them, especially the aging network, were given a gift in the Older Americans Act (OAA): clear mandates to engage in advocacy to improve the lives of older Americans.
This duty is almost without parallel in federal law. We need the full aging network, at every level, to become the “effective and visible” advocates uniquely empowered by the OAA.
As advocates, we work hard to improve the laws, policies and systems that affect those that we serve. In fact, we are often the most powerful advocates available to legislators – as consumers, service providers and most importantly constituents.
We are the ones that understand the impact of policy changes on the local level giving us the opportunity to be some of the most persuasive and compelling messengers.
Operating in this political environment, it is more important than ever that we advocate. We cannot afford to be silent. This is why initiatives like Advocacy in Motion or AIM are so important. Together, we amplify our voices to advocate for critical issues that impact older adults and individuals with disabilities.
It is imperative that we continue to educate our elected officials at the local, state and federal levels, affording them the opportunity to respond to their constituents’ needs. It is a powerful way to make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you took the time to write letters, call your elected official, or meet with a legislator in their district, your voice was being heard.
Advocacy is at the core of the AIM initiative. Its mission is to serve as an advocate for older adults and individual with disabilities addressing their needs, issues and concerns through civic engagement. Advocacy in Motion’s Public Policy Community Forum today includes a presentation on Trends and Predictions for an Aging Tomorrow by our keynote speaker, John Corlett. You will also learn about Advocacy in Motion’s accomplishments, and updates on the Older Americans Act, 2020 Census, and Medicare’s Open Enrollment – and the announcement of our 2019 Belle Likover AIM Advocacy Award winner, in memory of our Honorary Lifetime Trustee.
Let’s begin our program.
10:10 AM (Doug Introduces John Corlett)
John Corlett was appointed President and Executive Director of The Center for Community Solutions in December, 2014. He is the 15th leader of the Cleveland based organization in its 105 year history. The Center for Community Solutions is a nonprofit, non-partisan think tank focused on solutions to health, social, and economic issues.
Prior to joining The Center he was the Vice President of Government Relations and Community Relations for The MetroHealth System. There he led an effort to develop and obtain local, state and federal support for a Medicaid demonstration waiver that resulted in nearly 36,000 uninsured adults obtaining Medicaid coverage one year prior to the State of Ohio expanding Medicaid in 2014.
John also served as State Medicaid Director under Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and administered program covering more than 2 million Ohioans with a budget of over $12 billion dollars annually. Under John’s leadership the program successfully expanded coverage for pregnant women, children, and persons with disabilities.
Other accomplishments include managing two successful Cuyahoga County health and human service levy campaigns, and serving as a health care fellow in the offices of then Congressman Sherrod Brown.
At this time, I would like to ask John to come up to the podium. Let’s please give John a warm welcome.
11:00-11:10 AM MONITOR QUESTION PERIOD:
Thank you John for your presentation. My name is Cyndi Rossi. I will monitor the questions and answer period. Please raise your hand if you have a question.
11:10-11:20 AM – AIM ACCOMPLISHMENTS (Cyndi will show a PowerPoint)
Thank you for attention and now I would like Fatima Perkins, Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy, to come up to present this year’s Belle Likover Advocacy award.
11:20 -11:30 AM – AWARD CEREMONY (Fatima Perkins)
I am happy to announce the 2019 Belle Likover AIM Advocacy Award winner in honor of WRAAA’s Honorary Lifetime Trustee, the late Belle Likover. Belle was a passionate advocate who fought for those individuals who were disadvantaged. She had the ability to present a complicated problem that was succinct and impactful. No issue was ever too small. She took her passion with her wherever she spoke. You could hear it when she talked to you. So in honor of Belle, we have named our advocacy award in her name.
The recipient of this year’s Belle Likover Outstanding Advocate Award goes to Amy Anderson. Let me tell you about Amy.
Amy went to Columbus to provide testimony to the Ohio House of Representatives – the Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
She traveled to Columbus for a second time to provide Testimony to the Ohio Senate’s Finance Subcommittee on Health and Medicaid.
When a Lorain County legislator said she wasn’t hearing from seniors – Amy got to work. She worked with her staff and clients and mailed over 300 paper plates with messages – advocating for a funding increase in the Senior Community Services line item to provide additional home delivered meals.
She worked with Bryan Ayers, from Senator Brown office, to deliver 90 home delivered meals and Bryan Ayers learned first-hand the importance of the service.
Amy has also served on the WRAAA Five County Advisory Council for four years.
She is currently employed at Neighborhood Alliance as the Director of Senior Enrichment Services for over 15 years.
Amy, on behalf of WRAAA, please accept our Belle Likover Advocacy Award.
11:30 AM -Policy Issue Briefs: (Fatima introduce each speaker)
Next on our agenda are Public Policy Issue briefs. We have three presenters each providing you with a 15 minute presentation. Please hold your questions to the end of all speakers.
First is Cyndi Rossi, WRAAA Legislative Liaison, will provide an update on the Older Americans Act.
11:30-11:45 AM – OLDER AMERICANS ACT UPDATE (Cyndi Rossi gives a PowerPoint)
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM – (Fatima Perkins/Jennifer Lumpkin)
Our next presenter is Jennifer Lumpkin, the Civic Engagement Strategy Manager for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress under the Policy Advocacy Portfolio. She is charged with managing equitable civic engagement funding strategies and voter mobilization initiative, Cleveland VOTES. Today, she will tell us about the 2020 Census.
12:00-12:15 PM (Fatima Perkins/Semanthie Brooks)
Thank you Jennifer for your presentation. Next on our agenda is Semanthie Brooks, community volunteer. She will present on Medicare’s Open Enrollment and what you need to know.
12:15-12:30 PM – (Cyndi)
Thank you Semanthie. At this time do you have any questions for Jennifer, Semanthie or myself.
Thank you ladies. I would like to remind those of you requiring CEUs to sign out at the table out the back doors. I would like to thank our speakers and all of you for attending today’s program. I look forward to seeing you again. Safe travels.
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