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Texas Falls Prevention Coalition (TFPC)

History of the Texas Falls Prevention Coalition (TFPC):
The Texas Fall Prevention Coalition was established in 2007 to “promote, implement and evaluate evidence-based programs and policies that help reduce risk factors of falls and injuries in older adults; provide education and resources to increase public awareness, mobilize communities and affect policy change for a falls-free Texas.” From 2007-2013, efforts were coordinated by the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging with support from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and financial corporate support from Humana.

In May, 2014, coordination responsibilities were transferred to Texas A&M Health Science Center Program on Healthy Aging for the purpose of reconstituting a Steering Committee of broad-based stakeholders to promote a multi-faceted approach to falls prevention throughout Texas. The current TFPC seeks to expand fall prevention activities and funding sources by engaging a variety of stakeholders to establish an integrated prevention program network that builds upon existing aging, public and private health care and community resources.

Website: FallsFreeTexas.org

Vision: Texans working together for a Falls Free Tomorrow

Mission: Reduce falls and fall-related injuries and costs in older adults through public education, clinical intervention, community partnerships, and public policy.

Organizations currently involved in the Texas Falls Prevention Coalition:

The Steering Committee of the TFPC includes representatives from the following organizations:

  • Academia
    • Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health
  • State Agencies
    • Department of Aging and Disability 
    • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Non-Profits
    • Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging (T4A)
  • Health Care Partners and Providers
    • Baylor Scott and White
    • WellMed
    • Texas Physical Therapist Association
    • Texas Hospital Association

Additional TFPC membership is being recruited from various sectors including state and local businesses, policymakers, faith-based organizations, retirement centers and communities.

Goals of the Texas Falls Prevention Coalition:

  • Strengthen the current coalition infrastructure
  • Increase individual and organizational participation statewide in TFPC
  • Increase awareness of falls-related issues and resources
  • Promote the use of healthcare professionals and community health workers (CHWs) in fall prevention efforts
  • Increase availability of evidence-based programs (EBPs) throughout the state, in both rural and urban locations
  • Promote fall prevention policies
  • Reduce falls and falls-related injuries and costs
  • Increase Texans’ quality of life

Objectives of the Texas Falls Prevention Coalition:

  • Create a comprehensive list of statewide fall prevention resources
  • Bi-annual newsletter to TFPC general members
  • Offer training and technical assistance in EBP fall prevention programs such as A Matter of Balance and OTAGO through TFPC member partnerships
  • Offer training and technical assistance physical activity programs such as Texercise and Fit and Strong! through TFPC member partnerships
  • Provide support and technical assistance for Fall Prevention Awareness Week
  • Create and maintain a website and calendar of statewide Fall Prevention activities
  • Offer CHW’s training and CEU’s in a fall prevention curriculum through TFPC member partnerships
  • Link healthcare organizations and clinicians to the STEADI Toolkit
  • Host a state-wide online training to introduce Physical Therapists (PT’s) to OTAGO through TFPC member partnerships
  • Support additional evidence-based programs that address chronic disease and medication management
  • Facilitate statewide fall prevention partnerships
  • Identify policies related to fall prevention

Funding sources for the Texas Falls Prevention Coalition: 
 
We are actively seeking funding from both the public and private sectors through grants and donations.

Structure and function of the steering committee:

Members of the steering committee meet monthly via phone conference to discuss current falls-related activities in their regions and the progress made to achieve the goals of the committee. The TFPC will also meet semi-annually in various Texas locations, such as Austin, for a face-to-face meeting.

Challenges encountered:

  • As the second-largest and second-most populous state in the U.S., the sheer size of the state poses an issue as the TFPC seeks to organize and reach Texans across the state.
  • Lack of funding to facilitate EBPs across the state and to monitor outcomes.
  • Participation in and reorganization of the TFPC

 Successes to share:

  • Creation of TFPC Steering Committee, website, communication and business plan
  • Fall Prevention training for CHW’s on Sept. 29, 2014
  • Texas Fall Prevention Webinar, Sept. 22, 2014
  • Fall Prevention Awareness Week, Sept.22-27, 2014

Outcomes being monitored:

  • Texas specific yearly fall-related statistics
  • Number of TFPC sponsored webinars
  • Number of TFPC sponsored trainings offered
  • TFPC membership

Outcomes to report:

  • Texas specific yearly fall related statistics
  • Number of TFPC sponsored webinars
  • Number of TFPC sponsored trainings offered
  • TFPC membership
  • Inventory of Texas Fall Prevention Resources

For additional information on how to join this exciting effort in Texas, contact:

Doris Howell, MPH
Assistant Director, Texas A&M Evidence-Based Programs
Program on Healthy Aging, School of Public Health
Texas A&M Health Science Center
MS 1266, 157 Administration Building, College Station, TX 77843-1266
Phone: 979.436.9370
Email: dhowell@tamhsc.edu

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