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The Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN) is a collaborative group of individuals and associations working with and for Wisconsin's older adults to shape public policy that improves the quality of life of older people throughout the state. WAAN educates both supporters and opponents, mobilizes allies on priority issues, and advocates positions utilizing the shared experience, knowledge, and constituencies of member organizations. 

Core Member Organizations

Aging and Disability Professionals Association of Wisconsin (ADPAW)
Alzheimer's Association SE Wisconsin Chapter
Wisconsin Adult Day Services Association (WADSA)
Wisconsin Association of Area Agencies on Aging (w4a)
Wisconsin Association of Benefit Specialists (WABS)
Wisconsin Association of Nutrition Directors (WAND)
Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers (WASC)
Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging

Organization and Structure

Membership in WAAN consists of two types: core (organizations funded under the Older Americans Act) and affiliate (other groups and individuals with an interest in and commitment to advocacy on behalf of older people). Core members vote on and adopt WAAN platform of priority issues. Potential new members will be approved on consensus of the WAAN membership. WAAN affirms that older adults should always be at the table in discussion that impact them. WAAN holds monthly meetings of core members and affiliates to discuss, strategize, and coordinate advocacy activities. 

WAAN Issue Papers

Elder Benefit Specialist Program 2014
Family Care and IRIS 2014
Homestead Tax Credit 2014
Health Promotion Programs Nov 2014
OAA Appropriations 2014
OAA Reauthorization 2014
OAA State Supplement 2014
Specialized Transportation 2014
Federal Transportation 2014
White House Conference on Aging  Issue Brief on Healthy Aging
July 2015

White House Conference on Aging  Issue Brief on Retirement Security
July 2015

WAAN Advocacy Statements

Mixed Reactions to JFC LTC Action May 28, 2015
Long-Term Care Investment Fund Packet

WAAN Applauds Family Care Expansion
WAAN Cheers Joint Finance Action to Approve Family Care Contracts
Nov 2014
WAAN Supports Linking Program Eligibility to Elder Economic Security Index

WAAN Urges No Changes to SeniorCare
February 2015
WAAN Urges Keeping Complete Streets Policy May 2015
WAAN Reponds to Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Audit May 2015
NEMT Alliance Urges DHS to Implement Third-Party Advocate for NEMT Program Nov. 2015

ADRC Advocacy Resources

2015 Budget County Impact - Generic
2015-2017 Budget Impact Tool

ADRC Advocate Toolkit

ADRC Education Flyers

The ADRC in Pieces Flyer
Draft Resolution Re: LTC (Ozaukee County)
How the Kenosha County ADRC Works

Milwaukee County Combined Board Letter 3/11/15
Sample Letter-to-the-Editor
Talking Points: Advantages of County, Locally-Run ADRCs

WI Budget Upcoming Town Hall Meetings and Public Hearings 4/1/15
WI Long-Term Care Coalition Site