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Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change (MC5)

Contact Information
Joan Devine
or Julie Ballard


Began meeting in January 2005 in Columbia, Missouri and decided to meet quarterly thereafter.Local QIO (Primaris) and individuals involved in culture change activity in their jobs were a driving force in initial meetings. Providers have increased attendance at quarterly meetings and Regional groups have become active in 2006. By 2007, eight regional groups had been formed and were meeting across the state. Culture Change Conferences were held in partnership with MOAHA in 2007 and 2008.

Organizational Structure

  • Organizational Structure consists of: a Steering Committee including Chair, Co-Chair, Education Task Force Leader, Communication Task Force Leader, and Regional Representatives;
  • Currently the coalition has 8 regional groups: East, West, West Central, Central, South Central, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest;
  • Working on changing Steering Committee to Board of Directors and becoming a 501 C-3 Organization;
  • Currently members of the Steering Committee come from the LTC Ombudsman Program, the Alzheimer's Association, DHSS, not for profit and for profit providers, and the QIO.


No funding at present. Member organizations such as state QIO (Primaris) have donated services such as maintenance and use of a listserv, use of their facility to meet and donation of staff time. Donations have been solicited and accepted from member organizations to help fund website setup and ongoing maintenance. Some funds have been generated from yearly conference held in partnership with MOAHA. Currently pursuing becoming a 501 C-3 and then plan to apply for several grants.

2014 Accomplishments

  • 58 regional meetings were held at the 12 regions throughout the state. Total attendance was 1728, including 144 first time attendees. MC5 provided CEUs to 376 Administrators ,156 Social Workers, and 12 Activity Professionals.
  • MC5, in collaboration with Primaris and DHSS, hosted 3 screening of "Alive Inside" documentary, with Music & Memory founder Dan Cohen appearing live at each location. The approximately 500 attendees represented staff and volunteers from skilled nursing, assisted living, home care, hospice, regulators, Ombudsman, the Alzheimer's Association as well as care givers.
  • MC5, along with the Kansas Coalition, hosted the 14th Annual Pioneer Network Conference in Kansas City, KS.
  • Missouri attendees numbered 168, which included 50 surveyors.
  • Missouri volunteers served as room moderators, greeters and registration staff.
  • Through the Dine Around Kansas City program, volunteers served as hosts to conference attendees at a variety of restaurants throughout Kansas City.
  • Residents from approximately 15 communities throughout Missouri provided a special touch to the conference luncheon through the creation of very special centerpieces reflecting their individuality and person centeredness!
  • 32 providers in Missouri were provided with incentives to help with the purchase of items at the conference that they have taken back to their communities to help spread the word about culture change!
  • MC5 Communications Committee helped to spread the word through the t-shirts they designed and provided to each Missouri attendee as well as through MC5 blue highlighters given to each PN attendee.
  • Communications committee redesigned the MC5 Newsletters and distributed 2 issues to those in the MC5 data base.
  • Second Annual regional representative retreat was held on October 9, providing a forum for learning, sharing and networking among the growing number of regional representatives and co-representatives.
  • MC5 participated in Tier II of the National Learning Collaborative with visits made to Bethesda Dilworth, Laclede Groves and several HIS Communities.
  • Development of "Tips for Person Centered Care" were coordinated by MC5 Vice-President, Julie Ballard, as a component of a MOLANE project. Tips are being distributed to all nursing care communities throughout the state of Missouri.