APA Works with Coalition to Urge Congress to Expand the Eldercare Workforce as Part of Health Reform
APA worked as a member of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) to coordinate an exciting federal advocacy day to urge Congress to expand and enhance the health care workforce for older adults as part of federal health reform efforts. EWA is a group of 29 national organizations, joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America. The EWA advocacy activities included Capitol Hill visits with key congressional offices responsible for health reform. Each of these congressional visits included an interdisciplinary team of EWA experts and advocates (representing both the professional and direct care workforce) who focused on the EWA health reform priorities, including several bills/provisions that APA was instrumental in drafting and securing in the HELP Committee draft bill. In addition, EWA purchased a full page color advertisement in Roll Call Newspaper highlighting our collective health reform priorities and encouraging congressional support for these initiatives. Finally, EWA coordinated a national congressional call-in day for grassroots advocates from around the country.