Detroit Area Agency on Aging
1. The development of 7 initial legislative bills through the 2009-2010 legislative session and re-introduction during the 2011-2012 legislative session.
2. The development of an economic business case for investment and policy changes for skilled nursing facilities in urban communities. The business case showed the positive tax revenue, employment growth and construction activity that would result in policy changes in the long term care regulatory environment in Michigan.
3. The drafting of bills for introduction during the 2011-2012 legislative calendar.
4. Successfully facilitated meetings with the City of Detroit’s economic development team, including CFO Norm White, to start the process of municipal support for the development of new skilled nursing facilities inside of Detroit.
5. Initiated meetings with MEDC and MSDHA key administrative staff regarding the economic development opportunities that are a significant portion of the LTC Task Force’s policy agenda.
6. Conducted meetings with Michigan State Budget Director John Nixon and health fiscal staff regarding the LTC Public Policy Agenda
7. Developed and administered a comprehensive polling study that was done to assess long term care awareness, planning, financing capability and system quality assessment of persons ages 55 and older in Wayne County.
8. Developed and administered an electorate based public opinion polling studies on the potential support for a county-wide services millage in Wayne County. The electorate study universe was most likely 2012 August primary election voters.
Eric Foster worked with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) while managing another firm as the chief governmental affairs consultant for the Long Term Care (LTC) System Change Task Force. Eric was hired to help the Task Force with the development of a public agenda to address identified problems within the long term care system in the DAAA service area (10 cities in total). Eric headed the firm’s service delivery model for the contract. Eric was also the project manager for a comprehensive polling study that was done to assess long term care awareness, planning, financing capability and system quality assessment of persons ages 55 and older in Wayne County. Eric then chaired the Legislation and Regulation subcommittee and Stakeholder Engagement subcommittee for the DAAA Long Term Care Task Force. The Legislation and Regulation subcommittee spearheaded the policy agenda development process for the larger task force group. The Stakeholder Engagement subcommittee developed the strategic plan for the creation of a community advocacy network, to mobilize seniors in the DAAA service area and build community support for the public policy agenda. Eric and his related staff managed research and dual staffing resources of DAAA, meeting facilitation, focus group development and facilitation, legislative process training for DAAA management team and LTC Task Force members and final report presentations with DAAA and LTC Task Force chairman’s approval.
Once the policy agenda was adopted, efforts were led to introduce the task force’s goals to local, county, state and Federal officeholders. Additional tasks included facilitating meetings and presentations and for DAAA management to Democratic and Republican legislative members in the House and Senate along with department staff in the Granholm and Snyder administrations.