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Wisconsin Aging Advocacy NetworkWAAN-logo-update

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)

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

WAAN Advocacy Statements

WAAN Urges No Changes to SeniorCare February 2015
WAAN Cheers Joint Finance Action to Approve Family Care Contracts Nov 2014
Long-Term Care Investment Fund Packet
WAAN Applauds Family Care Expansion

WAAN Supports Linking Program Eligibility to Elder Economic Security Index

ADRC Advocacy Resources

ADRC Advocate Tool Kit
ADRC Education Flyers

The ADRC in Pieces Flyer

Talking Points: Advantages of County, Locally-Run ADRCs
2015 Budget County Impact - Generic
Draft Resolution Re: LTC (Ozaukee County)
2015-'17 Budget Impact Tool
Milwaukee County Combined Board Letter 3/11/15
WI Budget Upcoming Town Hall Meetings and Public Hearings 3/25/15