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Colorado Adult Falls Prevention Coalition

History of the Colorado Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:
The first meeting of the developing Coalition was September 2009. The group was formed with the guidance of the state Injury Community Planning Group (ICPG). ICPG determined, after a review of data, that older adult falls are one of the four priority injury topic areas in Colorado.

Organizations that took the lead in developing the Colorado Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:
The members who have participated in the developmental meetings of the Coalition include: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment-Injury, Suicide and Violence Prevention Unit and Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Section, Tri-County Health Department, Southeast Colorado Safe Communities, Southwest Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council, State Unit on Aging, and hospital and trauma centers throughout the state: Denver Health Medical Center, Valley View Hospital-Glenwood Springs, Memorial Health Systems-Colorado Springs, The Medical Center of Aurora, Centura Health hospitals, University of Colorado Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital-Fort Collins, Delta County Hospital, Montrose Memorial Hospital, Mercy Regional Medical Center–Durango.

Goals and objectives of the Colorado Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:  
The Coalition is in the process of defining goals and objectives. The main areas under discussion are:

  • Identifying existing programs and resources
  • Promoting best practice/evidence-based guidelines
  • Raising awareness within the health care community and the public.

Outcomes being monitored:
The measures of success for the Coalition are under development. Through the state health department, the Coalition can monitor older adult falls death and hospitalizations as well as EMS data. The group will also consider process evaluation measures such as increasing number of providers and organizations involved in fall prevention and increasing partnerships.

All funding sources for the Colorado Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:
The CDPHE Injury, Suicide and Violence Prevention Unit receives basic staff funding from the CDC CORE Injury grant. All members of Coalition provide in-kind support from their agencies and organizations.

Organizations that are playing a key role in the Colorado Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:
All the above participants who helped to develop the Coalition are playing key roles in the Coalition. Most of the current membership comes from the state Injury Community Planning Group. Additional Coalition members will be solicited to participate as the Coalition expands.

Leadership structure and function of the Colorado Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:
Currently the Coalition has two co-chairs: a CDPHE Injury Prevention Specialist and a Trauma Nurse Coordinator from a Colorado hospital. The group is currently meeting monthly to develop the Coalition.

Coalition committees:
The Coalition does not currently have committees.

Regional/county/local coalitions or workgroups you support/provide technical assistance:
The Coalition is working with the Falls Prevention Network, a coordinated community referral system in metro Denver.

2-3 challenges encountered:
The main challenge is to bring the group through the process of developing goals and objectives, before we initiate projects. We know we need to expand our partnership to others such as local public health agencies, and others. The group is deciding when and how to expand the Coalition.

2-3 successes to share:
We utilized an online survey to capture information on the priorities and interests of the initial
membership of the Coalition.

We have representation from a variety of trauma level hospitals, and from rural and metropolitan agencies and organizations.

For additional information about the Colorado Adult Falls Prevention Coalition and how you can be involved in this exciting work, contact:

Sallie Thoreson, MS
Injury, Suicide and Violence Prevention Unit
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Grand Junction Regional Office
222 South 6th Street, Room 232
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-248-7161
sallie.thoreson@state.co.us

Tamara Connell, RN
Trauma Coordinator/Injury Prevention Coordinator
Littleton Adventist Hospital
7700 South Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
303-738-2695
TamaraConnell@Centura.Org

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