About the Illinois Pioneer Coalition

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.


In 2004, a statewide Pioneer Summit was held in Springfield, Illinois.  Thereafter, there has been a Summit every year.


In  2005, the Illinois Pioneer Coalition became a 501-3c and a formal board of directors was elected. Since then the IPC has operated with a board of dedicated volunteer board members who represent the provider community for elder care.  Each of these volunteers are committed to ensuring that every elder in IL receives the care and services that they need, want, and deserve.

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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.

Resident laughing with Nurse

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:

  • 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.