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Nebraska Culture Change Coalition

Contact Information
Cindy Klein, RN, BS, LNHA


The Nebraska Culture Change Coalition was established in 2008 by a group of women who were inspired at a Pioneer Network Conference. Under the leadership of Tami Sheil, the leadership of the coalition has grown and volunteer members include Administrators, Nursing leadership, Educators from local academic institutions, Nebraska's Quality Improvement Organizations, State Health Care Associations, and a representative of the Eden Alternative. Our mission is to provide education and resources that will assist long-term care organizations in transforming their culture of care and our vision is that Long-term care communities in Nebraska will become a place where individuals not only choose to live and work, but where they thrive within the environment.

Organizational Structure
The current organizational structure includes the Ground Breakers (Team Leader, Co-Team leader, and a Seasoned Leader) and five Fire Starter Teams. Mary Powell is the Team Leader for 2008. The rest of the leadership team is made up of the Fire Starter Team Leaders. The Fire Starter Teams focus on five key areas of growth: membership, getting the message out, organizing gatherings, networking with key stakeholders and recognizing the achievements in culture change.

The NCCC is funded through revenue generated by educational offerings and in-kind donations of time, talent and resources of Coalition Leadership members.

2014 Accomplishments

  • Held a state wide education program on Dementia with National Speaker Teepa Snow.
  • Hosted National Speaker, Carmen Bowman, who presented on Culture Change and Dining practices.
  • Organized a follow up conference call for attendees of Carmen's presentation to discuss what ideas the homes implemented as a result of the workshop and shared best practices.
  • Updated our NCCC website to include links to other culture change resources as well as happenings throughout the country.
  • Applied and granted CEU's for the attendees at the statewide workshops.
  • Several members of the leadership attended the Pioneer Network Conference in Kansas City.
  • Coalition members sit on the state wide LANE committee with other long term care stakeholders committed to advancing excellence.