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Tennessee Edenizing Foundation

Contact Information 
Kort Nygard 
615-289-3928 or
Carol Mace


The Tennessee Edenizing Foundation (TEF) was founded in 1997 by volunteers whose dedication mirrored national culture change efforts to reform the long-term care industry. One of the oldest and continuously operating culture change coalitions in the nation and one of the first to have successfully worked with the state Legislature to pass statutorily mandated funding to encourage culture change, TEF sought support from the Tennessee Department of Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer programs that heighten staff understanding of person directed care.

Organizational Structure
TEAC's composition is a Board of Directors governing individual members.

TEAC seeks donations/funding to help provide a revenue stream for our operation.

2014 Accomplishments
  • Nashville was the site of the 7th Eden Alternative International Conference in April and coalition members participated on the Southern Hospitality Committee and also served as conference volunteers.
  • Board members assisted in the staffing of the Eden Alternative booth at the Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA) Convention and Trade Show in August
  • To increase collaboration with other state entities interested in culture change, TEF invited representatives from organizations with similar objectives to discuss joint ventures
  • Submitted a grant proposal to CMS to offer "Reframing Dementia" to the state's 324 nursing homes
  • Updated the By-laws and elected new officers.