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Regional Coalitions

Regional Coalitions are the Culture Change organizations with the closest proximity to elders living in care centers. These coalitions are located throughout the state and draw upon the resources of individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life for residents in homes providing care for elders.
Their mission of improving the life for elders is accomplished by vigorous programs of education and engagement with providers, family members, regulators, and residents. Throughout the state, Regional Coalitions host panel discussions, lectures, roundtables, symposiums, conferences, and seminars which offer the latest information and innovations in culture change practices. In addition, many of the coalitions are constantly developing informational documents which can provide important reference material for those concerned with elder care.
Although independent, all of the Regional Coalitions have support from a strong 'champion' organization. Many of the coalitions began as part of the Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, or as an initiative of an Area Agency on Ageing. Others have close ties with a nursing home or with another advocacy group, such as The Alzheimer Association. These champions provide a range of assistance from clerical support to providing a space to meet.
Regional Coalitions are an important component in the overall effort to improve the quality of care and life for elders.

Want to learn more about how you can join a Regional Coalition?


Following is a list of Regional Pioneer Culture Change Coalitions. Be sure to contact the coalition in your area for more information and become a part of their activities!
Salem - Midland Pioneer Coalition - Marion County - Area 9
Tammy Bitner
Director of Consultation Services
Health Services Consultants, Inc.
217-398-0754 ext. 59
fax 217 398-0944

Jenni Balis, Steering Committee Member and Technical Support
Serving the Counties of: Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jefferson and Marion
Phone: 618 315-0134

Carterville - Southern Illinois Pioneer Coalition - Williamson Co
Rindi Reeves, Field Coordinator
Egyptian Area Agency on Aging
200 E. Plaza Drive
Carterville, IL 62918
Phone 618-985-8311

Belleville - Southwestern Illinois Pioneer Coalition
Chris Fulton
Meets quarterly at the Hospice of Southern Illinois meeting room in Belleville

Rockford -Northwestern Illinois Regional Pioneer Coalition
Cathy Weightman-Moore, Regional Ombudsman
102 South Madison Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Phone 815-966-5300 or 800-369-0895

Moline, Quincy, Royal Oaks-Kewanee & Marigold - Galesburg - Adams Co - Area 6
Jennifer Glakin, Regional Ombudsmen
Regional Ombudsman
1803 7th Street
Moline, IL  61265
309-277-0167 | 800-798-0988


Stephan Maxwell, Regional Ombudsmen
Regional Ombudsman
1803 7th Street
Moline, IL  61265
309-277-0167 | 800-798-0988

Mitchell Forest
Family Caregiver Information and Assistance Specialist
Central Illinois Agency on Aging, Inc.
Ph. 309-674-2071
Fax 309-674-3639
Lee Linwood, Regional Ombudsmen

Lake County - Lake County Regional Coalition
Jan Victor

Southeastern Illinois Agency on Aging - Wabash Co.  
Sheri Wood
Field Supervisor, SEIAOA
516 n. Market Street. 
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
Phone: 618-262-2306
Penny Eckel, RN
United Methodist Village
Shelle Debose
Carmi Manor

 Central Illinois - Kankakee Co
Cindy Degroot
Lee Moriarty

South Suburban - Chicago
Lee Moriarty