Awards and grants recognize COA's leadership in workforce research and COVID response

During fiscal year 2020, several organizations recognized COA’s innovative programs and also entrusted the agency with significant grants to help older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Care Census explores effect of caregiving on local workforce 

During 2019 and 2020, COA conducted an innovative research project designed to help local businesses understand the impact of elder caregiving on their workforce. Named the “Care Census,” COA collected data from employees in our region that demonstrates to businesses how changing demographics and gaps in our country’s long-term care system impact their employees. The Care Census work was recognized with the following awards: 

  • An Aging Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. Read more

  • An Outstanding Project in Aging award from the Tristate chapter of the Association for Professionals in Aging. Read more

  • COA was a finalist for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Ignite Action Award in the category of Leading with a Bold Voice for Business. Read more

COA recognized as local leader in helping older adults during pandemic 

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that older adults were more susceptible to serious illness and death from the Coronavirus. As a result, many in our service area were afraid to venture from their homes to shop for groceries and other vital supplies. COA began to hear from older adults who had never needed our services before, and many began to feel alone and forgotten as the pandemic wore on. 

Immediately, COA began to deliver 14-day, shelf-stable food boxes to all clients who received home-delivered meals and began providing home-delivered meals to non-clients who reached out for help. We also undertook efforts to collect and provide personal care and cleaning items (many in short supply at the time) to older adults. 

In April, COA received a $40,000 grant from Aetna, a CVS Health business, supporting this response to the pandemic. The grant was part of more than $1 million CVS Health and its foundations gave to address food insecurity and other community needs in response to the challenges presented by pandemic. Read more.

The United Way of Greater Cincinnati/Greater Cincinnati Foundation COVID-19 Regional Response Fund awarded $500,000 to COA to support pandemic response efforts aimed at ensuring the health and safety of older adults in our service area. Funding was used to provide meals and personal care items to older adults impacted by the pandemic. Read more.

COA also began delivering restaurant-prepared meals to isolated older adults, giving them a nutritional and emotional boost, and also helping to boost the local economy. Our Comfort Meal Program grew to include residents in 75 low-income senior apartment buildings and nine local restaurants. We received the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a) 2020 Outstanding AAA Partnership of the Year award for the program. Read more