Advocacy Resources


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.   

This guide includes the resources you need to plan, promote and execute a successful congressional visit.  It features an event timeline and sample resources that will help you make the most of this opportunity for your organization and the people you serve.  

Here are 4 important guidelines to keep in mind throughout the planning process:  

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. 

Committee Assignments

Certain committees have more oversight over long-term services and supports than others. The following Committees are important ones for LeadingAge Ohio members: 






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

Susan Wallace, MSW

Susan Wallace

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs

  • Primary contact for policy priority development, advocacy and legislative affairs
  • Liaison to Advocacy Committee, Home Health, Hospice & HCBS 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.