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New Jersey

Denise Boudreau-Scott


  • The first culture change in long-term care conference was held on June 23, 2011 under the direction of Eleanor Fritz in collaboration with the NJ state Department of Health and CMS at Green Hill, featuring the 1st GREEN HOUSE HOME's in NJ.
  • The coalition stalled as Eleanor Fritz retired, but was rebuilt in 2012 by Denise Boudreau Scott and Toni Lynn Davis.  
  • The official name for the culture change association of New Jersey became the New Jersey Alliance for Culture Change (NJACC).

Organizational Structure

The Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from the New Jersey Department of Health, Health Care Association of New Jersey (HCANJ), New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA),  New Jersey Quality Improvement Organization (NJQIO), the New Jersey Ombudsman, Long term care providers, culture change trainers and consultants.


  • NJACC does not support staff at this time.
  • We did receive revenue from education programs in 2013.

2104 Accomplishments

  • Became a not for profit 501c (3) LLC corporation thanks to the diligence of our vice-chair, Toni Davis. Board members were officially elected as part of the process and a bank account was set up with over $1,900.
  • Our Education Committee, chaired by Denise Kish, hosted our second regional conference in the Southern part of NJ, "Culture Change: Can Any Road Get You There?" Combined with our Northern conference in 2013, 160 people participated. A number of local organizations donated funding and prizes to make this possible.
  • The Direct Care Workers Committee, co-chaired by Michele Ochsner and Judi LoBue, hosted a conference for direct care workers, with approximately 150 attendees. The conference was held free with the support of NJ workforce grants.
  • The Inspiring New Leaders group, chaired by Jason Grant, received funding for a year-long leadership development program. Originally intended for new administrators and department directors, this program attracted seasoned leaders. Half of the group of 26 had significant experience in the field, with the longest being over 30 years! An online application process, including references, was required of applicants.
  • Created a Marketing Committee chaired by our secretary, Candice Avila. Members were recruited and their work has included logo designs that were completed by graphic design students as a class project.
  • Board members participated in statewide initiatives including the NJ LANE.
  • Entered into an agreement with the Health Care Association of NJ to advertise and collect registration fees for conferences.