LeadingAge Need to Know - 7.2821

Members | July 28, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Tell Congress: Include Investments for Older Adults and the Providers Who Serve Them
Congressional leaders are deep in negotiations on a $3.5 trillion infrastructure investment package—so NOW is the moment to make sure U.S. Representatives and Senators hear our voices! There are critical pieces of our policy agenda that must be included and could possibly be cut. These include a $400 billion investment in home and community-based services, enhanced investment in the LTSS workforce, and $7.5 billion for affordable senior housing in the HUD Section 202 program. Now is the time to act: send a message to your U.S. Representative and Senators today!

Opening Doors to Aging Services: Research Launch
The public, media, and policymakers are more focused on the aging services sector than ever before. LeadingAge is seizing this moment to support our members, the broader aging services sector, and the millions of older adults and families you serve. In January 2021, we launched the Opening Doors to Aging Services initiative to better understand public views and perceptions of the aging services sector.

The initiative is grounded in original research that assesses the external factors and public perceptions that exist today. This extensive body of work is now available for LeadingAge members, partners, and the field. You’ll find an executive summary, landscape visualizations, and a deep dive into all our detailed findings.

This learning is the foundation for the next phase of the Opening Doors to Aging Services initiative, which will include strategies and guidance for leveraging the research for impactful communications about the aging services sector, as well as tools and templates for turnkey implementation.

Visit LeadingAge.org to explore the findings now. (And join us for dedicated sessions and networking meet-ups at the Annual Meeting!)

A Message From Katie

LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan introduces LeadingAge’s new tools for nonprofit boards of directors.

LeadingAge believes that boards of directors must be at the center of this rethinking process. That’s why we’ve invested considerable time and energy in developing a collection of robust tools designed to advance good governance by helping board members fulfill their core duty to reshape, re-strategize, and rebuild their organizations so they are well-positioned for the future.

Read Katie’s entire message on our new governance tools, which just made their debut on the LeadingAge Learning Hub, and submit your stories of how governance made an indelible impact on how you achieve your mission in the post-COVID world using the Story Collector powered by Greystone.

LeadingAge Joins National Call to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines For Workers
On Monday, LeadingAge joined over 50 other leading healthcare organizations calling for requiring vaccines for all staff in long-term care and other healthcare settings. As new variants of COVID-19 are on the rise and vaccination rates are stalling around the country, LeadingAge encourages members to make vaccines a condition of employment for all healthcare workers, including employees, contract staff, and others, with appropriate exemptions for those with medical reasons or as specified by federal or state law.

Read the joint statement and check out recent media coverage from The Washington Post, Doctors, nurses and health groups call for mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for health workers; CNN, Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers; McKnight's Long-Term Care News, BREAKING: LeadingAge joins call for COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers; and Associated Press, VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers.

Today’s Online Coronavirus Policy Update
Today at 3:30 p.m. ET, Beth Burnham Mace, Chief Economist and Director of Outreach at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), will discuss key findings of a recent NIC report. Beth will talk about how providers can use these insights to plan for the future. Register now to join us.

Application Deadline: 2022 LeadingAge Leadership Academy
Be part of a dynamic, ongoing program that offers aging services professionals the tools, ideas, learnings, and peer network needed to strengthen their leadership capacity and make organizations more adaptive and innovative. Applications for our 2022 program are due Friday.

Rescheduled: Home Health and Hospice Events
We are hosting events to provide feedback on the Home Health Rule. Join us for two Rule Comment Feedback Sessions:

The July 29 town hall will be rescheduled for September. More information to come. Registration for these events is not required, so just click the links above to join! Questions? Contact Mollie Gurian.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge
LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential advocacy, guidance, and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers, including:​​

​​​​A complete timeline of insights and tools is available here, so you'll never miss an update.