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Nebraska Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition

History of the Nebraska Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:
The Injury Prevention Program brought together a group of stakeholders to begin planning how we can deal with the issue of falls and fall prevention as a state.  The initial meeting served as a springboard toward developing a coalition.  The Coalition had its first meeting in early 2009.

Organizations that took the lead in developing the Nebraska Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:   
The early stakeholders include: the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) Injury Prevention Program, Trauma Program and Unit on Aging; and the Nebraska Safety Council.

Goals and objectives of the Nebraska Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:  
1. Establish collaborative efforts for fall prevention.
2. Increase awareness of fall risk factors.

Outcomes being monitored:
Falls Awareness Day activities
Participation by a variety of partners.
Others as developed.

All funding sources for the Nebraska Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:
Nebraska Health & Human Services Injury Prevention Program

Organizations that are playing a key role in the Nebraska Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:
NDHHS Injury Prevention Program, Trauma Program, Unit on Aging, Nebraska Safety Council, University of Nebraska Medical Center, local Public Health, Bryan LGH Medical Center,  Area Agency on Aging, local hospitals.

Leadership structure and function of the Nebraska Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition:
The Coalition is staffed by the Injury Prevention Program with a volunteer chair who has a background in Trauma.  The function of the Coalition is to establish collaborative efforts for fall prevention around the state.

Coalition committees:
Falls Awareness Day
Other committees formed as needed.

Regional/county/local coalitions or workgroups you support/provide technical assistance:
Activities conducted on a local level by local health departments and/or Area Agency on Aging.

2-3 challenges encountered:
The top two challenges the Nebraska Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition have encountered have been funding and time constraints.

2-3 successes to share:
Falls Prevention Awareness Day activities included a Governor’s Proclamation.  Local activities including Tai Chi demonstrations were held in several locations around the state and included local media coverage.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance training has been held in several locations; Tai Chi is being implemented in communities around the state.

For additional information on the Nebraska Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition and an opportunity to join this exciting work, contact:

Peg Prusa-Ogea
Injury Prevention Program
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE  68509
(402) 471-3490
peg.prusaogea@dhhs.ne.gov

Website: http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/hew/hpe/Injury/

Nebraska Injury Prevention State Plan: http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/hpe/InjuryPrevntPlan04.pdf

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