o4a Advocacy Conference

Every other year we sponsor an Advocacy Conference at which Area Agencies on Aging and aging network partners can learn about important policy and legislative initiatives.  Held during the state budget process, the Conference educates participants about o4a’s budget priorities, as well as those of state agencies and advocacy partners.  Visit our Advocacy page for information about o4a’s advocacy efforts. 

The event includes a Legislative Reception where participants can meet their state legislators and share information about issues of importance to the aging network.    

2021 Advocacy Conference

Dates: March 2-3, 2021  9 am – 12:30 pm both days

Conference Details: 

The 2021 o4a Advocacy Conference will be held virtually via Zoom over two days.  We have applied for 6 Social Work CEU credits.

Fees: $175 for the two day conference plus $25 for CEU credit.

Registration is now open!

Sponsorship Opportunities


Conference Agenda:

March 2

  • Ohio’s Medicaid and Aging Priorities:
    • Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran
    • Aging Assistant Director Julie Trackler
  • Ohio’s Legislative Priorities: Insights from Legislative Partners
    • Senators Nicki Antonio and Mark Romanchuk
    • Representatives James Hoops and Daniel Troy
  • Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging Budget Priorities
    • Doug Beach, CEO, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
    • Beth Kowalczyk, Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging
    • Tom Pappas, Pappas & Associates

March 3

  • Ageism and Reframing Aging: How We Talk About Aging Matters
    • Beth Kowalczyk, Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging
    • Patricia D’Antonio, Reframing Aging Initiative, Gerontological Society of America
  • Broadband & Other Important Rural Ohio Policy Issues- Misty Crosby, Buckeye Hills Regional Council
  • Elevating Home and Community-Based Services: Introducing the Ohio HCBS Coalition
    • Jordan Ballinger, Disability Rights Ohio
    • Paul Davis, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
    • Jeremy Morris, Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council
    • Alex Weingarth, Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice
  • Federal Partner Update
    • Robert Blancato, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition

Questions? Contact o4a at o4a@ohioaging.org