Niese to testify before D.C. subcommittee


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Denise Niese, executive director of the Wood County Committee on Aging, has been
invited to travel to Washington, D.C. next week to testify at a hearing in front of the Subcommittee on
Higher Education and Workforce Training.
The hearing, slated for Tuesday at 10 a.m., is entitled "Serving Seniors Through the Older Americans
Act." It will be chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), and will take place in room 2175 of the
Rayburn House Office Building.
The Older Americans Act (OAA) is the major federal statute governing the organization and delivery of
social and nutrition services for elderly Americans.
Since its inception in 1965, OAA has provided a wide range of assistance to seniors, including
transportation, nutrition services such as "Meals on Wheels," and referral to home care,
health, and social services.
Tuesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to examine the programs and services provided under
OAA and discuss priorities for reauthorization.
Also named to the witness list, along with Bowling Green’s Niese, are Carol O’Shaughnessy, principal
policy analyst with the National Health Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.; Lynn Kellogg, CEO of the
Region IV Area Agency on Aging based in St. Joseph, Mich.; and Dr. Yanira Cruz, president and CEO of the
National Hispanic Council on Aging in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about the hearing, visit

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