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About Us


The state of Illinois embraced culture change early, in 1999. Since then, several thousand consumers, advocates, nursing facility representatives and licensing surveyors have been trained on culture change values and principles through the efforts of the Illinois Department of Aging State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and the Illinois Association of Long Term Care Ombudsmen, with initial funding from the state's Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) funds to 'enhance Illinois' pioneer efforts in culture change'.
This infusion of culture change education, coupled with Oakbrook, Illinois being the site of the 2002 national Pioneer Network Conference, led to coalition planning meetings in August 2002 and April 2003. The first organizational meeting of an Illinois culture change coalition was in November 2003, led by the state's long-term care provider associations, the ombudsman program and Illinois area agencies on aging.
Since that time, the Illinois Pioneer Coalition was successful in securing other two-year grants through the Illinois Department on Aging - Office of State Ombudsman with the Illinois Department of Public Health CMP funds.  The components of the grant's activities included continued statewide education, grants to regional ombudsman programs for regional culture change coalition building, a grant to build the statewide coalition and a grant for culture change research to develop a database of pioneer practices and outcomes through December 2005. The statewide coalition hired a part-time Coalition Facilitator. This facilitator led the Coalition to its present state.
The statewide coalition continues to develop activities based on the task teams with comprehensive meetings informing each group of task development.  A cohesive effort by all members of the coalition was the planning and implementation of a statewide Pioneer Summit held in Springfield, Illinois, in October of 2004 and again in 2005.
At a meeting held after hours during the 2005 IPC Summit, Coalition members present adopted By-Laws that were developed by two volunteer Coalition members with much input from the entire active Coalition and recommended them for legal review. Per the proposed By-laws a Board of Directors was formed. Following acceptance of the Board of Directors a slate of officers was elected.

Our Mission

The Illinois Pioneer Coalition advocates and facilitates deep system changes in our culture of aging by creating opportunities for communication, networking and learning.

Who we engage

- Independent Living
- Assisted Living/Supportive Living
- Nursing Homes
- Home Health
- Hospice
- Hospital Dischargers/Case Managers
- Health Care Provider Decision Makers
- Consumers
- Care Partners

Our Principles and Values

The Illinois Pioneer Coalition commits to these principles and values:
- Know each person.
- Each person can and does make a difference.
- A relationship is the fundamental building block of a transformed culture.
- Respond to the spirit, as well as mind and body.
- Risk-taking is a normal part of life.
- Put person before the task.
- All elders are entitled to self-determination wherever they live.
- The community is the antidote to institutionalization.
- Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
- Promote the growth and development of all.
- Shape and use the potential of the environment in all aspects: physical, organizational, and psychosocial/spiritual.
- Practice self-examination, searching for new creativity and opportunities for doing better.
- Recognize that culture change and transformation are not destinations, but a journey --always a work in progress.
Adopted: 3/31/2005