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Indiana Falls Prevention Coalition

History of the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition:
This newly established coalition was formed to address the growing issue of falls among seniors in Indiana.  Additionally our state was one of the few that were not represented on the State Coalitions on Fall Prevention Workgroup.  Our first organizational quarterly meeting was held this year on March 29th, 2012 with twenty participants and our second Quarterly meeting was held June 21st, 2012.

Organizations that took the lead in developing the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition:  
Indiana University Health-Methodist Trauma Center and Healthways Silver Sneakers is leading this early initiative.

Goals and objectives of the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition:  
Goals and objectives will be voted and established at the next coalition meeting September 26, 2012.

Outcomes being monitored:
There are no outcome being monitored at this point but participation in meetings and Falls Awareness Day events will be monitored.

All funding sources for the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition:
So far, we have operated from funds from Methodist Health Foundation and Methodist Trauma Department.

Organizations that are playing a key role in the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition:
Healthways Silver Sneakers, Indiana University Health, CICOA (Central Indiana Council on Aging), Indiana Hospital Association, ISDH (Indiana State Department of Health), Parish Nurse Association, Community Hospitals, and St. Francis Hospital.

Leadership structure and function of the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition: 
Jill Castor, Injury Prevention Coordinator is currently the acting facilitator and Shannon Ryes is the scribe.

Coalition committees:
At this point, there are no committees/subcommittees of the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition.

Regional/county/local coalitions or workgroups you support/provide technical assistance:
Indiana State Department of Health-Injury Prevention Advisory Council, CICOA (Central Indiana Council on Aging), Safe at Home event, and MIPA-Midwest Injury Prevention Association.

2-3 challenges encountered:
• Non political places to meet without paid parking.
• Good communication equipment for teleconferencing.

2-3 successes to share:
• Working well with NCOA who has steered us to appropriate members.
• We have several events planned for this year’s Falls Awareness Day.
• We have submitted for a Proclamation from the Governor.

For additional information on the Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition and an opportunity to join this exciting work, contact: 


Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition Website:

Jill R. Castor BSN, RN, SANE-A
Injury Prevention Coordinator - Trauma Services
IU Health Methodist Hospital
Office: (317) 962-6101, B229

Shannon Rayes
Account Manage
Helthways Silver Sneakers Fitness Program


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