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Vice President, Injury Prevention

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  • Falls Prevention


(Bonita) Lynn Beattie


Lynn Beattie is working on many national projects to reduce falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.

Most notably, she is leading the National Falls Free® Initiative, including a national coalition and the growing 40 member State Coalitions on Fall Prevention Workgroup. Achievements have included passage of federal legislation, increases in federal investment in falls prevention and annual Senate proclamations of Fall Prevention Awareness Day. 

Beattie also serves on numerous advisory panels addressing older adult issues, including healthy aging, arthritis, and physical activity.   

She has published several falls prevention-related studies, informative issue briefs on health promotion, and articles for the Journal of Health Promotion, the American Society on Aging News, PT in Motion, and the Journal of Safety Research.

Beattie frequently presents this work at national and state conferences. Most recently, she moderated a Congressional Briefing Panel for Congress regarding the funding needs to impact the growing number of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths among older adults.

Beattie retired from the U.S. Army Medical Department as the Chief of Physical Therapy Section, Pentagon, and joined NCOA in 1999.

She has her undergraduate degree in health and physical education and masters’ degrees from Baylor University in physical therapy and in health care administration. In 1998, she completed the master’s level, gerontology certificate program at the University of Maryland.