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Kansas Culture Change Coalition


Contact Information
Sandra Silva
816-401-4484
ssilva@practicalbioethics.org
Website: http://www.kansasculturechange.org


History
A grassroots group came together in 2002 to support a new initiative in Kansas entitled PEAK (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes) that would provide grants to nursing homes implementing "progressive, innovative models of care." This eventually led to the formation of a coalition to provide tools to homes participating in the PEAK initiative. Since those early days, KCCC has evolved to a working Board of Directors focused on providing education and tools to long-term care providers, residents and family members.

Organizational Structure
The KCCC is organized as a member-based, non-profit corporation under Kansas statute and governed via by-laws which authorize its 12-person Board of Directors to staff four standing committees. Directors are recruited annually to fill vacancies created by rotating term-limits and are required to be employed in Kansas or by an organization that provides services in Kansas. KCCC actively recruits community members who reside in Kansas. The Board of Directors meets monthly (10 one-hour, virtual meetings and 2 in-person meeting); Directors are required to attend 85% of all meetings. The KCCC Board has recently approved the formation of an Advisory Board. 

Funding
The coalition operates primarily on the generosity of its members as well as with grant support.


2014 Accomplishments

  • First video contest with three prizes awarded in-person at recognized homes:
    • First Place - $500, Hand-crafted copper wall hanging and one scholarship to an Action Pact, LLC continuing education training.
    • Second Place & Third Place - $100 and one scholarship to an Action Pact, LLC continuing education training.
  • Successfully finalized our Gould Foundation Grant (October 2013 thru September 2014); met or exceeded all grant deliverables including: designed and produced collateral materials to support KCCC educational message (brochures, family advocacy inserts, floor banners and business cards); offered community-based presentations reaching approximately 2,500 Kansans; established reporting of annual volunteer's hours and in-kind donations.
  • Business entity formation: Kansas Culture Change Coalition became a non-profit corporation recognized as such by the Kansas Secretary of State.
  • Supported the Pioneer Network annual meeting convened in Kansas City
  • Continued to produce a timely and diversified quarterly newsletter.
  • Continued to form new professional relationship with like-minded organizations and agencies, while strengthening existing relationships.