Volume 2 | November 12, 2019
LeadingAge Ohio is excited to share with you our legislative newsletter - The Aging Advocate . This monthly publication is designed to share with you what's going on in the world of aging and give you a peek at LeadingAge Ohio's 400+ members around the state. 
What's Inside?

  • Veterans Day Celebrated by LeadingAge Ohio Members
  • Sinclair College Launches Ohio’s First Competency-Based STNA Health Care Apprenticeship Program
  • What is Palliative Care?
  • LeadingAge Ohio 2019 Public Service Awards - Representative Bill Reineke
  • Question on Aging Services or End-of-Life Care? Expert Advice Available
  • And more!
Aging Happenings
Veterans Day Celebrated by LeadingAge Ohio Members
Veterans Day offers Americans the chance to honor the men and women who have served in our nation's military. Stories of sacrifice and courage are remembered and celebrated at parades, events, and in homes across the country.

Ohio is home to a large, growing population of older adults, many of whom served in the military during their lifetimes. This makes Veterans Day an enormously important occasion for aging services and post-acute care providers.

Many LeadingAge Ohio members, along with their residents, families, and staff, celebrated Veterans Day yesterday, including:

LeadingAge Ohio extends its deepest gratitude to all who have served our country.
Sinclair College Launches Ohio’s First Competency-Based STNA Healthcare Apprenticeship Program
Sinclair Community College has joined a growing list of Ohio community colleges to offer an apprenticeship program for healthcare and State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) students. A launch press conference will be held at Sinclair this coming Friday, November 15. Last month's issue of the Aging Advocate featured a story about our apprenticeship launch at Lorain County Community College featuring Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted.

Sinclair is the first Ohio community college to offer competency-based apprenticeships in this field. Competency-based apprenticeships offer a more holistic approach to training, allowing students to demonstrate their aptitude outside of the more structured approach of time-based apprenticeship. These apprenticeships offer an opportunity for aging services providers to recruit and train new staff who enter or progress within the organization with on-the-job training and college credit.

The press conference will be held on Friday, November 15. Details are listed below.

LeadingAge Ohio & Sinclair Community College
STNA Apprenticeship Kick-Off Press Conference & Overview

Friday, November 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Press Conference to Announce the Apprenticeship
10:30 a.m. – Tour of the Health Sciences Building
11:00 a.m. – Roundtable Overview of Competence STNA+

Ned. J. Sifferlen Health Sciences Center, Building 14
301 W. Fourth Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

For questions on this event or to RSVP, please contact LeadingAge Ohio Director of Strategic Communications Patrick Schwartz at pschwartz@leadingageohio.org or 614.545.9026.

What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment, and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psycho-social or spiritual.

In Ohio, palliative care is provided both in hospitals and in the community. In community settings, palliative care is most often offered by hospice providers who seek to serve individuals who can benefit from care coordination and symptom management related to serious illness, long before they enter the final stages of illness.

In 2018, HB 286 was passed into law, which formed a state-level education program focused on palliative care, as well as a Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council , convened by the Ohio Department of Health. Several LeadingAge Ohio members were appointed to the Council, which is charged with advising the General Assembly on future policy related to palliative care. 

State Representative Bill Reineke One of this Year's Public Service Award Honorees
The LeadingAge Ohio Public Service Award is bestowed as deserved to those legislators that emerge as leaders in the aging sector and show a commitment to taking on the issues most important to older adults and aging services providers in Ohio. This year, LeadingAge Ohio presented Public Service Awards to Senator Steve Wilson and Representative Bill Reineke.

A leader in workforce efforts around the state, Representative Bill Reineke has helped to draw attention to the needs of older Ohioans and the aging services providers who care for them. The representative’s strong voice on workforce issues has made an impact at the Statehouse and at events highlighting aging services, such as the LeadingAge Ohio “ Power of Partnerships: Mobilizing the Next Generation for a Strong Workforce ” panel discussion earlier this year at Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria. 

LeadingAge Ohio has a long history of partnership with legislators who have dedicated their time, attention and resources to the important needs of older Ohioans. Rep. Reineke was honored at the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference in August. Sen. Wilson's award will be highlighted in the December issue of the Aging Advocate.
Question on Aging Services or Post-Acute Care? Expert Advice Available from LeadingAge Ohio
LeadingAge Ohio members and staff rely on quality support as they navigate the complexities of long-term care, aging services, and post-acute care. Our team of experienced industry experts are here to provide support as regulations, legislation, and initiatives are explored for the State of Ohio.

Below are some of the experienced professionals working at LeadingAge Ohio that are available to assist Ohio public officials as they work on these important issues.
To get in touch with our team of experts, please contact Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy Susan Wallace at swallace@leadingageohio.org.
About LeadingAge Ohio
Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit trade association that represents over 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serve an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans daily and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.

Want to meet with LeadingAge Ohio? Share a story? Visit a provider in your community?

Reach out to Director of Strategic Communications Patrick Schwartz at pschwartz@leadingageohio.org.