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Kansas Fall Prevention Coalition

History of the Kansas Fall Prevention Coalition:
The Kansas Fall Prevention Coalition first met in January 2009.  The members decided to conduct a symposium to discuss the data, who was currently working in the area of older adult fall prevention, and how to move forward in the state. The first Older Adult Fall Prevention Symposium was held in Salina, Kansas on June 24, 2009.

The Symposium brought together 60 interested stakeholders from across the state to develop recommendations for older adult fall prevention. A consensus conference process was decided on to engage the stakeholders because granting agencies look for stakeholder buy-in when making funding decisions. Stakeholders read briefing materials before attending. At the Symposium, they met in small groups to prepare questions for a panel of invited experts, got those questions answered, and met in small groups again to draft action-plan recommendations for fall prevention. The entire group then discussed how to combine similar recommendations. For a 24-hour period following the Symposium, individual stakeholders used an online ballot to rank-order their preferred recommendations.

Since the Symposium, the Kansas Trauma Program and the Kansas Injury Prevention Program have funded several programs across the state to work to prevent falls in their communities.

Organizations that took the lead in developing the Kansas Fall Prevention Coalition:  
Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Injury Prevention Program and the Trauma Program

Goals and objectives of the Kansas Fall Prevention Coalition:  
The participants at the Symposium ranked these three recommendations the highest:

  1. Media campaign; awareness. Create an up-to-date, multifaceted education/information campaign to create awareness of the risk of falls containing consistent and reliable information targeted appropriately to diverse audiences.
  2. Develop toolkit that provides individual, community, and professional resources. The toolkit should include standardized tools for assessing fall risk, for use by health professionals and laypeople (possibly separate resources), similar to the pathways tools already in use for such things as congestive heart failure. Toolkit also includes: medication assessment, vision and hearing checks, balance assessment, ADL (activities of daily living), home environment assessment, nutrition and hydration.
  3. An education program delivered at the community level. Standardized, convenient, comprehensive education program on older adult fall prevention created to be delivered to agencies, health care professionals, and individuals.

Outcomes being monitored:
At the state level the Kansas Injury Prevention Program monitors fall injuries and deaths
Funding to local communities
Evaluation completed at the local level

All funding sources for the Kansas Fall Prevention Coalition:
Injury Prevention Mini-grants provided by Preventive Health Block Grant
Regional Trauma Council funding provided by Kansas State General Fund

Organizations that are playing a key role in the Kansas Fall Prevention Coalition:
The Coalition is still in development but key members include:
Kansas Injury Prevention Program, Kansas Trauma Program, Kansas Regional Trauma Councils, local Area Agencies on Aging, hospitals, Veteran’s Administration

Leadership structure and function of the Kansas Fall Prevention Coalition:
n/a

Coalition committees:
Not developed at this time.

Regional/county/local coalitions or workgroups you support/provide technical assistance:
n/a

2-3 challenges encountered:
The Coalition is struggling to identify all of the fall prevention activities and programs occurring in the local communities.
Another challenge would be the lack of comprehensive program funding.

2-3 successes to share:
Funding from Preventive Health Block Grant and Regional Trauma Councils at the local level

Hosted on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is a webpage on older adult falls

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

Lori Haskett
Director, Injury Prevention and Disability Programs
Bureau of Health Promotion
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 SW Jackson, Ste 230
Topeka, KS 66612-1274
785-296-8163
Blackberry - 785-925-1018
LHaskett@kdheks.gov

Website: http://www.kdheks.gov/idp/older_adult_falls.htm.

Kansas Injury Prevention Program Data Book: http://www.kdheks.gov/idp/download/state_injury_plan.pdf

Fall Injuries in Kansas: http://www.kdheks.gov/idp/download/Falls_in_Kansas_Data_Document.pdf

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