Public Outreach, Education & Advocacy

 

Service Definition

Public Outreach/Education

These activities are targeted to provide information to groups of current or potential clients and/or to aging network partners and other community partners regarding available services or benefits for the elderly who are defined in the Older Americans Act as a person age 60 or over. Examples of this type of service would be participation in a community senior fair, publications, publicity campaigns, other mass media campaigns, presentations at local senior centers where information on OAA services is shared.

How Service is provided

Public Outreach: We provide or present material to educate the public on health issues and services available at various sites as well as to service groups who serve the older citizen. Our Senior Advisory Council consists of at least two members from Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties. Members invite guest speakers from local aging service providers to their monthly meeting to present information and educate members about services they provide. Members, in turn, take the information out to their communities. They also help set the AAA plan for the five counties.

Service Definition

AAA Advocacy
Monitor, evaluate and comment on issues related to community actions affecting older persons; conduct or attend public hearings; represent older persons’ interests at the local, state and national level; support Long Term Care Ombudsman program and coordinate planning with other agencies and organizations.

How Service is provided

Advocacy: The Area Agency is a member of the Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging which is a state-wide group that lobbies for services and programs that help enhance the lives of older adults living in Oregon. Each Area Agency educates and advocates to their federal, state, and local elected officials on the importance of services that help seniors.

LTC Ombudsman: The volunteer Ombudsmen are supported through this office by mileage reimbursement for travel to nursing homes, adult foster homes and assisted living facilities. The State pays for the mileage to Salem for training.