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Culture Change Network of Georgia

Contact Information

Walter Coffey
wcoffey@leadingagega.org
404-872-9191

Website: www.culturechangega.org 

History

Founded in 2008 by Kim McRae and Walter Coffey, President, Aging Services of Georgia (formerly GAHSA).. 

In 2009, Kim McRae, co-founder (with Walter Coffey) of the Culture Change Network of Georgia received The Allison Cuba Champion Award from Aging Services of Georgia. The award "recognizes an association member who has provided exceptional service by working directly with the association in a way that ultimately benefits the good of all members."

Aging Services of Georgia hosted a Pioneer Network Board meeting in 2003 and a day long educational event with Charlene Boyd, Rose Marie Fagan, and Barry Barkan.

In 2004, Aging Services of Georgia and Georgia Institute on Aging sponsored a workshop with Barry Barkan on "Becoming a Champion of Change."

In 2005, Georgia participated in the Person-directed Care Pilot with CMS and Quality Partners of Rhode Island and 7 people attended the Saint Louis Accord.

Since 2005, the QIO has held several semi annual meetings in 8 locations around the state.


Organizational Structure

  • Advisory Group comprised of representatives from providers including nursing home, assisted living, HUD, home and community based services, hospice, adult day services and CCRCs.
  • Network partners include the Area Agency on Aging, Alzheimer's Association, CMS Survey/Certification review branch, Emory Health Care Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression, QIO, DHR/ORS, DHR/DAS. Georgia Council on Aging, LTC Ombudsman, GSU Gerontology Center, Holleran Consulting, IAHSA, Institute for the Future of Aging Services, Rosalynn Carter Institute, Pioneer Network.  We continue to expand this group
  • Task Forces are being formed to focus on funding, communication and upcoming events.

Funding

  • Aging Services of Georgia is providing the leadership role and in kind support; staff time, newsletter and website production and "housing" the website; conference "production", financial support to coordinator; meeting space, etc. 
  • A Funding Task Force is being formed.

2014 Accomplishments

  • Convened quarterly CCNG advisory group meetings. Continued to combine GA LANE/Advancing Excellence meeting with quarterly CCNG meeting
  • Held 2014 Georgia Culture Change 7th Annual Summit, "Aging in the 21st Century: A Well-Being Approach" with Dr. Al Power. The summit was opened by a panel, "Culture Change in Motion", presented by Becky Kurtz (AOA/ACL/HHS), Jay Bulot (GA DHS/DAS) and Linda Kluge (State QIO). Governor declared the day "Culture Change Day in Georgia" via a proclamation presented at the summit.
  • Hosted two outstanding Certified Eden at Home Training events. 36 individuals were certified as Eden Associates.
  • Certified Eden Associates presented workshops at the Everyday Creativity Conference (for Service Coordinators, Social Workers, Activity & Wellness Professionals) Culture Change information was presented at many events including the following:
➢ 2014 Elderly Housing Symposium (for HUD-subsidized housing providers
➢ 2014 LeadershipNEXT (aging services leadership development program)
➢ 2014 Assisted Living Symposium
➢ 2014 Adult Day Services Symposium
➢ 2014 CCRC Symposium
➢ 2014 Coaching Supervision Training

  • Significant representation of CCNG advisors served on the advisory group to work with
  • Commissioners & Legislators on the development of the Georgia Alzheimer's & Related
  • Dementias State Plan.
  • Kim McRae presented on "Dementia-Friendly Congregations: How Faith-based Communities can be Champions of Change, A Conversation with Community Clergy" on June 20th. Explore what it means to be a "Dementia-Friendly Congregation." The discussion focused on how
  • faith communities can expand their welcome and ministry to people with dementia
  • in a sensitive and person-centered way.
  • Co-sponsored and Kim served as a presenter for a program for care partners on navigating the long-term care system and understanding the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia as well as "care partner" vs. "caregiver."