When the Older Americans Act established Ombudsman Programs throughout the nation, it directed us to engage in both individual and systemic advocacy:
Under the Older Americans Act, the Ombudsman Program:
The ombudsmen are uniquely positioned to carryout this role given their unique knowledge of resident issues and concerns in a long-term care setting.
Ombudsmen Educate Legislators during Advocacy Day
Each year, VOYCE volunteers, board members and staff joined ombudsmen from throughout the state for its annual Advocacy Day to raise awareness with Missouri legislators about resources available to long-term care consumers in their districts. By visiting state legislators, volunteer ombudsmen truly brought the "VOYCE" of Missouri's long-term care population to the state capitol.
Hear Our VOYCE
This direct contact with VOYCE volunteers gave legislators personal insight into the needs of long-term care consumers and the services that VOYCE delivers to their constituents. This was the 6th annual Advocacy Day at the Capitol — clearly marking progress in recognition of VOYCE as a valuable resource to turn to for long-term care policy issues.
Want to Participate in Our Public Policy Efforts?
If you would like to join or learn more about our public policy committee, contact VOYCE at 314-918-8222
L to R: Volunteer Ombudsman Bob Snyder, Senator Bob Onder and practicum student Takilah Hasan
L to R: Volunteer Ombudsmen Mary Redford and Robyn Foster, Rep. Doug Clemens, VOYCE Board Member Jim Brasfield, VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, and practicum student Ying Ma
L to R: Volunteer Ombudsmen June Brown and Bob Snyder, Rep. Shamed Dogan, practicum student Takilah Hasan and Volunteer Ombudsman Edith Cole
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