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Pennsylvania State Fall Prevention Coalition

History of the Pennsylvania State Fall Prevention Coalition:
The Pennsylvania Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) held a Falls Prevention Summit in April 2008. The goals established for the Summit included:

  • Provide in-depth state-specific data with regards to the burden of falls.
  • Provide programmatic information on current fall prevention strategies.
  • Build consensus on the development and evaluation of interventions to reduce fall-related injuries across the lifespan.
  • Formulate a plan to update the 2006-2010 Pennsylvania Injury Prevention and Control Plan.

A falls prevention coalition was created as a sub-group of the Injury Community Planning Group (ICPG).

Organizations that took the lead in developing the Pennsylvania State Fall Prevention Coalition:  
The Pennsylvania Department of Health in partnership with the Pennsylvania Injury Community Planning Group took the lead in bringing attention to the issue and held a summit as a prelude to coalition building. 

Goals and objectives of the Pennsylvania State Fall Prevention Coalition:  
Inform health care providers in Pennsylvania about falls prevention, falls risk assessment, and referral for individual interventions in targeted areas.
Educate older adults on falls prevention through best practice and evidence-based strategies in targeted areas.
Raise awareness in Pennsylvania by continuing to promote the first day of the fall season as Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

Outcomes being monitored:
Stabilize the rate at 2010 level (1,581 per 100,000) in fall-related hospitalizations in adults aged 55+ by 2016 in the targeted areas.c

All funding sources for the Pennsylvania State Fall Prevention Coalition:
The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and the CDC Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program Base Component.

Organizations that are playing a key role in the Pennsylvania State Fall Prevention Coalition:
Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, the state Trauma Centers’ Injury Prevention Coordinators, local health departments, various health care providers, and local Area Agencies on Aging.

Leadership structure and function of the Pennsylvania State Fall Prevention Coalition:
The Falls Prevention Coalition was created as a sub-group of the Injury Community Planning Group (ICPG). Coalition membership is open to current ICPG members as well as ad hoc members.

Coalition committees:
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Regional/county/local coalitions or workgroups you support/provide technical assistance:
The coalition is still identifying itself and working on goals.  Once this is established and educational and awareness materials are created, the coalition will provide statewide technical assistance.

2-3 challenges encountered:

  • Securing funding to administer interventions
  • Finding volunteers and time to provide educational and awareness activities

2-3 successes to share:

  • The group meets in person and holds teleconferences on a quarterly basis
  • A new action plan has been developed in 2012

For additional information on the Pennsylvania State Fall Prevention Coalition and how to join this exciting effort in Pennsylvania, contact:

Carol E. Thornton, MPA
Section Chief, Violence and Injury Prevention Program
PA Department of Health
7th & Forster Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 787-5900
cathornton@state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Injury Prevention and Control Plan: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=557638&mode=2

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