WHO WE ARE
The Florida Pioneer Network (FPN) is a coalition committed to a person-directed model of care. We offer individuals who live and work in any part of the long-term care continuum the vision of supportive communities that uphold individual dignity, respect, self-determination, and enable choices for residents or elders.
FPN’s vision is to foster person-centered/person-directed environments. These environments support elders and those closest to them through a culture that is life-affirming, satisfying, humane, and meaningful. FPN works to create communities where elders want to live and employees choose to work. FPN seeks to foster long-term systematic culture change to benefit our parents and our grandparents, those persons who work in long-term care services, and those individuals who may need long-term care in the future.
- To encourage person-directed models of care.
- To support educational programs that foster the vision.
- To support and encourage efforts of organizations that share the vision.
- To advance public policies that further the vision.
- To develop collaborative partnerships to advance the vision.
- To engage in projects intended to clarify and communicate the vision.
A BRIEF HISTORY:
Florida Pioneer Network (FPN) was founded in 2000 as a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals to work together toward implementing person-directed long-term care. The term we use for this activity is “culture change.” Culture change is focused on altering the way in which long-term care settings operate to help them transform themselves into places where individuals want to live and want to work. FPN has been instrumental in providing culture change educational programs, coaching projects, information and resource connections, and advocacy leadership throughout Florida. Examples of recent Florida and other statewide accomplishments can be found at the National Pioneer Network Website: www.pioneernetwork.net.
WHO IS INVOLVED WITH FPN?
Participation in FPN is open to organizations and to individuals interested in fostering the vision of culture change by actively engaging in the planning and work of the Coalition.
Participants include persons from the following areas:
- Provider Associations
- Long-term Care Communities
- Consumer Advocacy Organizations
- Government Organizations
- Healthcare Community
- Quality Improvement Organizations
- Educational Organizations
- Funding Organizations
WHO SUPPORTS FPN?
The Florida Pioneer Network is a voluntary organization of individuals and organizations that donate time and expertise to further the vision of person-directed care in all aspects of the long-term care continuum. FPN has received Foundation grants to support specific projects and continues to partner with provider and educational organizations to seek further funding to support this work. The Senior Resource Alliance (Area Agency on Aging of Central Florida) provides fiscal management support for grants.
ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE FPN IN THE STATE?
No. FPN represents the entire State of Florida and involves experts and volunteers from across the State. You can learn more about similar culture change initiatives operating throughout the U.S. by visiting The Pioneer Network’s website.