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Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition

History of the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition:
The Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition was initially envisioned by Elizabeth (Liz) Peterson of the University of Illinois of Chicago and Robyn Golden and Dana Bright of Rush University. Through a series of initial meetings in the fall of 2008, Liz, Robyn and Dana identified prospective members of a core coalition group and invited those individuals to join the coalition.  The group of 15 core members now assembled represents a group with diverse skills, interests, and networks. (Refer to Table 1.) The group members come from academic, clinical, public health and community service backgrounds.  Many of those individuals hold leadership positions in their current positions.

Once the group of core members was formed, the group was invited by Liz, Robyn and Dana to review the fall coalition resources developed by the NCOA and to submit their ideas regarding coalition priorities.  The input received by the core members resulted in a three-phase development plan for the Illinois coalition.  The plan is presented on Table 2.

In summary, the Illinois coalition is in an early phase of development. The priorities of the Illinois coalition include enhancing networking within the state among individuals with an interest in fall prevention and supporting the delivery of evidence-based programs, such as Matter of Balance (original version, led by health professionals) and the Matter of Balance volunteer lay-led (vLL) model.  Individuals interested in joining the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition are encouraged to do so by sending an e-mail to Liz Peterson at epeterso@uic.edu.

Organizations that took the lead in developing the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition:  
The University of Illinois at Chicago and Rush University Medical Center

Goals and objectives of the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition:  
1. Enhancing networking within the state among individuals with an interest in fall prevention
2. Supporting the delivery of evidence-based programs intended to reduce fall risk or help older adults mange fall risk factors.

Outcomes being monitored:
To be determined.

All funding sources for the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition:
Currently, the core members of the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition are donating their time since funding for the coalition has not yet been secured.

Organizations that are playing a key role in the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition:
Refer to Table 1.

Leadership structure and function of the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition:
The Illinois Fall Prevention Coalitionenjoys a shared leadership model.  This model utilizes the expertise of the core group members and effectively distributes the coalition's work.

Coalition committees:
To be determined

Regional/county/local coalitions or workgroups you support/provide technical assistance:
The Lake County (IL) Fall Prevention Coalition and the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition often work together to accomplish shared coalition goals.

 

2-3 challenges encountered:
The primary challenge facing the coalition at this time is that the coalition is running as a service initiative.

For the core members, coalition activities that synergize with professional responsibilities are easiest to pursue; time for coalition activities that do not compliment work-related responsibilities is limited.

2-3 successes to share:
An extremely strong core group has been assembled.

The Matter of Balance (original version, led by health professionals) and the Matter of Balance vLL model are now being delivered in the state. For more information regarding the Matter of Balance vLL program, contact Dana Bright at Dana_M_Bright@rush.edu.

The American Occupational Therapy Association has launched three on-line continuing education courses designed to support occupational therapy practitioners in their efforts to use evidence-based strategies to assess for fall risk and reduce fall risk among older adults. The course authors were IL coalition members E. Peterson (Modules I, II, and III) and E. Espiritu (Module III).

 Table 1. “Core” Members of the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition

Name

Position/
location

Dana Bright

Coordinator for Community Health at Rush Univ. Medical Center, Chicago

Ross Grove

IIL Dept. on Aging
Aging and Disability Resource Center

Rhonda Clancy

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Marcy Finlayson
(Member, Evaluation Team)

Associate Professor, UIC Dept of Occupational Therapy, Chicago

Diane Genaze  

Director, Physical Therapy
Rush University Medical Center

Robyn Golden

Director of Older Adult Programs at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Joy Hammel
(Member, Evaluation Team)

Associate Professor, UIC Dept of Occupational Therapy, Chicago

Linda Hollinger-Smith

Mather LifeWays

Randi Klebanoff

Mather LifeWays

Jennifer Martin

IL DPH-

Jack Mills

CQI Specialist, Lake Co. Health Services
Lake Co. Public Health Dept.

Robin McConney

Program Coordinator, Older Adult Programs
Rush University Medical Center

Maria Oquendo-Scharneck

Health & Diversity Coordinator,
AgeOptions

Liz Peterson

Clinical Associate Professor, UIC Dept of Occupational Therapy, Chicago

Carla Windhorst

Mather LifeWays

 Table 2. The Illinois Fall Coalition Development Plan

PHASE 1
Key activities:
I. Identify:
1) the scope of the problem of falls in IL; and
2) what is currently being done to address the problem of falls in IL.

II. Conduct an environmental scan

Leadership plan for this phase of the coalition work:  Jennifer Martin and Jack Mills are accessing and summarizing Illinois-specific fall data. The core group is working collectively to complete an environmental scan.

Products to be yielded via Phase I: 1) A document summarizing key findings regarding Illinois-specific fall data. 2) A document summarizing findings from the environmental scan.
Note: The core group recognizes that this will be a continually evolving document.

 PHASE 2
Key activity: Use the Phase 1 information and other sources of information to develop a SWAT analysis.

Leadership plan for this phase of the coalition work: Liz Peterson, Jennifer Martin and Jack Mills will lead this phase of the coalition work with input from the coalition's evaluation team, Marcia Finlayson and Joy Hammel.

Product yielded via Phase 2:  SWAT analysis.

PHASE 3
Key activity: Use the findings from the SWOT analysis to determine Coalition mission, priorities, long-term goals, and short term goals.

Leadership plan for this phase of the coalition work: Liz Peterson will share the findings from the SWOT analysis with all core group members and summarize findings.

Product yielded via Phase 2: A consensus document outlining the Coalition mission, priorities, long-term and short term goals.

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

Elizabeth Walker Peterson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Clinical Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago
1919 West Taylor Street, M/C 811
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-4506
epeterso@uic.edu

Illinois Strategic Plan for Injury Prevention: http://www.idph.state.il.us/HealthWellness/IP_StrategicPlan.pdf

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