PCOA Annual Report 2022-2023

INCLUSION,DIVERSITY, EQUITY & ACCESSIBILITY Commitment to Inclusion At Pima Council on Aging, we don’t just accept differences – they are one of our key values. We support diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. We Welcome All Ages | Races and Ethnicities | Religions and Creeds Gender Identities | Countries of Origin | Sexual Identities Immigrants and Refugees | Variations of Abilities Spoken and Signed Languages | Gender Expressions We Welcome Everyone.

AREA AGENCIES ON AGING WIN BIG FOR OLDER ADULTS AT THE STATE LEGISLATURE Thanks to your unwavering support, PCOA and partners across

Arizona achieved remarkable success in advocating for older adults and vulnerable individuals in our community. Through your advocacy, we secured unprecedented one-time funding increases of $10 million for Area Agencies on Aging, including $1 million for services in Pima County. These crucial funds sustain vital programs and introduce new

Pictured L to R: Brandon Baxter, Director of NACOG Aging; Maddy Bynes, Director of AZAging; Mary Beals Luedtka, Fmr. Director of NACOG Aging; Juan Ciscomani, US Congressman; W. Mark Clark, President & CEO of PCOA; Carol Brown, Manager of WACOG Area Agency on Aging

initiatives for housing assistance, ensuring the safety of older adults in their homes. Over the past few years, we’ve worked diligently to build programming and infrastructure to sustain our direct care workforce. Continued advocacy has allowed us to strengthen the workforce by maintaining funding for contracted companies, enabling better recruitment and retention of caregivers. This support addresses long-standing disparities in the workforce, making caregiving more appealing to a new generation. While we’ve seen significant progress, there’s more ahead. Your ongoing support and advocacy are invaluable in communicating the needs of Pima County’s older adults to legislators and Congress. For updates and to join our advocacy efforts, visit advocate.pcoa.org and click “Take Action”. Your dedication ensures our continued advocacy work for older adults and caregivers in Pima County. Thank you for your unwavering commitment!

We reject intolerance and any form of degradation, hurt, or abuse. We commit to uphold this space as a place for all to feel safe, valued, and respected.



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