Advocacy

COA advocates for policies and programs that will help us achieve our mission to help adults remain independent in their own homes. We also want to serve as a resource for people who are looking for information or resources concerning issues of importance to older adults and caregivers in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.


 

Advocacy Alerts

If you would like to receive Advocacy Alerts via e-mail, send an e-mail to COA`s Government Relations Manager, Polly Doran. Be sure to include your first and last name, as well as your county of residence.


How you can get involved

Contacting Elected Officials

Contacting your elected officials about issues that are important to you and older adults is one of the simplest and most effective ways you can make a difference.

  • Write a letter or send an e-mail:
  • Write as soon as possible when you`ve discovered an issue about which action is needed. Check this page often for important Advocacy Alerts.
  • Use personal stationery. Handwritten letters are acceptable.
  • Identify yourself and your interest in the issue; be direct and concise. Always be courteous.
  • Ask for specific action (co- sponsor a bill, sign on to legislation). Use the bill number or title of the measure whenever possible.
  • Make sure you include your name, address and phone number on your letter.
  • Mention personal connections to your elected official, if you have them.
  • Make your letter personal if possible; explain how an issue affects you locally.

Make a phone call:

  • Use talking points or prepare notes before calling.
  • State your name and the fact that you are a constituent.
  • Ask to speak to the staff member responsible for the area of your concern.
  • State your concern- cite specific bills if applicable.
  • Be courteous.
  • Ask to receive information on how the elected official plans to vote.
  • Thank the staff person for their time.
  • Follow up with a letter addressed to the elected official.

Use the resources below to find out who represents you and how to contact them:

State Officials
800-282-0253 
Monday -- Friday 8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

Ohio House of Representatives
Search for your district`s state representative. 

Ohio Senate
Search for your senator. 

US Elected Officials

US House of Representatives
Find your representative.

US Senate
Find your senator.

Be an Advocate in your community

There are many ways you can help older adults in your own community:

  1. Volunteer to help during Elderly Services levy campaigns. Levy volunteers may be asked to help distribute yard signs and other campaign materials, write letters, make phone calls or schedule speaking opportunities.
  2. Attend town hall meetings hosted by policy makers and elected officials.
  3. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. COA can help you write the letter and tell you how to submit it.

If you are interested in helping in one of these ways, please contact COA`s Advocacy Coordinator, Polly Doran, at (513) 345-8679. You may also contact her by e-mail. Be sure to include your first and last name, county of residence and a phone number where you can be reached.


Learn about important issues

Council on Aging focuses its advocacy on issues being addressed by the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging - specifically - the need for reform of Ohio`s system of long-term care. Still, there are a wide variety of issues on the national stage of interest to older adults: health care reform, the future of Social Security, support for grandparents raising grandchildren -- the list goes on. For information on advocacy and public awareness campaigns related to these issues, click the links below.

Advocates for Ohio`s Future: Advocates for Ohio`s Future works to maintain vital public services - health, human services, and early care and education - at a level that meets people`s basic needs and protects our state`s most vulnerable populations.  Visit theOhioSpeaks section of this Web site to see how these types of services impact people at the local level (including senior adults served by Council on Aging). 

National Council on Aging`s Straight Talk on Healthcare Reform: Confused about health reform? Wondering what it means for older Americans? NCOA is out to set the record straight. This national educational campaign helps seniors understand what`s in the health reform law and how it affects them. Facts are drawn from the law itself and from numerous non-partisan sources.

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