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Reminder to AAA/Title VI Directors: Last Chance to Complete USAging’s Older Americans Act Reauthorization Poll

Please be sure to complete our Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization poll by Tuesday, October 31. You can find the link in the October 11 or 24 email from Amy Gotwals or email policy@usaging.org for assistance.

This poll is brief and won’t take long to complete, so please do so at your earliest convenience. 

We expect lawmakers to begin their work early next year and USAging will be heavily involved in the process from start to finish to advance our agenda and protect the roles and responsibilities of our members under the Act. Your valuable insight will help to inform?USAging's recommendations for OAA Reauthorization as we develop them this fall!

#USAgingHere4You: Olivia Umoren

Olivia Umoren joined USAging in January 2023 as Director, Public Policy and Advocacy. In her role, Olivia directs the association’s legislative affairs and advocacy efforts to advance federal policies that address the needs of an aging America, plays a vital role in the development of USAging’s policy  priorities, and represents USAging in meetings with congressional staff and administration officials. 
 
Prior to joining USAging, Olivia was a Government Affairs Manager at the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs and then a Federal Affairs Manager at the National Committee for Quality Assurance where she supported the organization’s efforts related to quality measurement, health plan accreditation and health equity. She first got into the aging field when she was in college.
 
“My first introduction to aging was when I worked as a Dietary Aide in college at a State College, PA, nursing home. There I had the opportunity to get to know the residents and also hear some World War II stories from some of the residents who either fought in the war or were nurses. After graduating from Penn State, I moved back home to Boston and got my first full-time job as a Clinical Research Coordinator supporting Alzheimer’s disease research at Mass General.”
 
In her current role, she represents USAging in congressional meetings, member meetings/conferences and stakeholder conferences where she presents the organization’s policy priorities, advocacy efforts, the current federal policy landscape and guidance on how to be a strong advocate. She also supports the policy team by staying in the know about the Older Americans Act, writing regulatory comment letters and responses to congressional RFIs, and supporting the development of USAging’s policy positions.
 
Since starting at USAging, Olivia has most enjoyed connecting with and getting to know our members. She’s learned a lot about the role of AAAs and has found that USAging’s policy team is unique in engaging with Congress while also having close relationships with our members who share the challenges (and wins!) they are experiencing at the local level.
 
“As a health policy professional, I’m hoping to support USAging’s policy priority of integrating health care and social care by identifying opportunities for the Aging Network to be at health care tables and prioritized in health care spaces. My hope is that my efforts in collaboration with our policy team can lead to positive and effective change that creates a less siloed system for both sides.”
 
Outside of USAging, Olivia is a competitive volleyball player, playing every week in the DMV. She’s also a musician who has played the piano for more than 20 years and played the clarinet as a teenager. Her favorite movies are Coming to America, Sarafina! and The Lion King. 
 
USAging’s Public Policy and Advocacy Team

Save the Date for USAging’s Signature Policy Event Next Spring

We are gearing up for USAging’s Aging Policy Briefing & Capitol Hill Day, March 12-13, 2024! Registration and the room block for the briefing will open in November. Plan on joining us for the latest aging policy updates coming out of Congress and the Administration, as well as a unique opportunity for AAA directors and their teams to take to the Hill together! 
 
Attendees will gain insider knowledge of the federal policy landscape in DC, and get the messaging, tools and tactics to best advocate on behalf of older adults and caregivers at the local, state and national levels.  
 
Topics being considered for the agenda include Medicaid HCBS, workforce, Medicare, Older Americans Act, caregiving, AAA contracting opportunities through social care and health care partnerships, and other policy areas. Have an idea for a session or want to see one of the above in particular? Email us at policy@usaging.org.

Find Tips on Outreach to Kinship/Grandfamilies

Looking for ways to engage community partners in supporting kinship families and grandfamilies? A new resource from the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center offers ideas and guidance on how the Aging Network and others can reach kinship/grandfamilies in need of assistance. 
 
The new resource complements an earlier tip sheet and recorded webinar on engaging community partners to reach more kinship/grandfamilies. USAging is a proud partner with Generations United and four other organizations in operating the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network.

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USAging Fact: Learn about your peers’ work—and how it can fit into your agency’s goals! The AIA Awards recognizes successful and innovative programs that USAging members have developed to serve older adults. Get inspiration from our 2023 winners!