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Alaska Senior Fall Prevention Coalition

History of the Alaska Senior Fall Prevention Coalition:
After recognizing the scope and burden of older adult falls in their state, the Alaska Commission on Aging started putting the state coalition together in fall 2009.

Organizations that took the lead in developing the Alaska Senior Fall Prevention Coalition:
The organizations taking the lead are the Alaska Division of Public Health and the Alaska Commission on Aging.

Goals and objectives of the Alaska Senior Fall Prevention Coalition:  
The goals and objective are still being developed as the committee continues to take shape.

Outcomes being monitored:
The coalition tracks the number of times that the PowerPoint developed by the Alaska Commission on Aging has been presented. The coalition is trying to get statistics from the Department of Health and Social Services in order to monitor health outcomes at the state level.

All funding sources for the Alaska Senior Fall Prevention Coalition:
The coalition does not have dedicated fall prevention funding at this time.

Organizations that are playing a key role in the Alaska Senior Fall Prevention Coalition:
Alaska has been developing key partnerships with non-profit organizations and government entities outside the Department of Public Health and Alaska Commission on Aging.

Leadership structure and function of the Alaska Senior Fall Prevention Coalition:
The coalition is staffed by Alaska Commission on Aging.

Coalition committees:
The coalition does not have dedicated committees within the coalition at this time.

Regional/county/local coalitions or workgroups you support/provide technical assistance:
None at this time.

2-3 challenges encountered:
The greatest challenge is procuring funding necessary to provide fall prevention programming to meet the great need in Alaska.

2-3 successes to share:
The coalition had a successful launch of the official Alaska Senior Fall Prevention Coalition with a press release.

Additionally the coalition procured a Governor’s Proclamation and held a legislative breakfast at the state capitol with the sponsor of Falls Prevention Awareness Week resolution and Department of Aging Director.

For additional information about the coalition and an opportunity to join this exciting work in Alaska contact:

Lesley Thompson
Alaska Commission on Aging
Phone: 907-465-4793
Lesley.thompson@Alaska.gov

Website: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/acoa/falls/default.htm.

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