Center for Healthy Aging Enews- October 2017 Issue


October 2017

Falls prevention evidence-based program review

Apply for inclusion on the Administration for Community Living (ACL) list of highest-tier evidence-based falls prevention programs. Approved programs meet the criteria for Older Americans Act Title III-D support and possible discretionary funding from ACL.

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New threat to prevention funding

Congress is currently working on extending funding for a number of key health programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Community Health Centers, and the National Health Service Corps. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently approved a bill that would cut over $6 billion (57%) from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) to pay for these extensions. PPHF allocations support both falls prevention and Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) grants that have been awarded by ACL over the past several years.

Review the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) fact sheet | Review TFAH’s funding table

Explore tips for engaging Veterans

Two veterans talking outside

Interested in reaching Veterans in your community? In our new tip sheet, community-based organizations across the country shared their strategies for establishing partnerships, conducting outreach, and planning programs to engage Veterans in evidence-based programs.

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See it in action: Developing a partnership with an accountable care organization

Visit the Roadmap to Community Integrated Health Care to learn more about partnering with accountable care organizations (ACO) to implement and sustain evidence-based programs. The ACO section features an interview with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging and MaineHealth, an ACO, detailing how they have implemented, nurtured, and sustained their partnership to address the social determinants of health.

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Check out new falls prevention home safety resources

View these resources, compiled by the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in partnership with NCOA, to learn about home modification programs and best practices, obtain assessments to examine homes and make changes to increase safety and support, and learn about funding sources from a range of agencies and organizations to support home modification activities.

View home safety resources | Watch our video of simple ways to prevent falls at home

New guidance for importing data to the National CDSME Database

Do you use the National CDSME Database managed by NCOA? Or, are you interested in importing data to the database? The database is open to any organization that wants to track information about their evidence-based health promotion programs. Our new guidance provides an overview on the process, considerations for working with and choosing a vendor, as well as tips for preparing the data for import.

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Falls prevention in the community: Navigating your neighborhood

People often think that only frail older adults need to be concerned about preventing falls. However, most older adults who fall outdoors are healthier, more physically active, and take fewer medications than those who fall indoors. Share this simple checklist to help older adults identify falls risks in their day-to-day activities and take steps to overcome them.

Share the 5-point checklist | Watch our video of strategies to prevent falls in your neighborhood

Watch our TEDx Talk: No More Grandmas Eating Cat Food

Being prepared for retirement means we can live the life we want to the very end. Anna Chavez and Sue Getman present a strategy for aging with financial security, dispelling the myth that getting older inevitably leads to impoverishment and fading away.

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AHRQ training program helps hospitals prevent falls

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed the Falls Prevention in Hospitals Training Program for hospital quality improvement staff, patient safety officers, and others who seek to reduce falls. Data from 10 hospitals that used the program showed a 14% decrease in the average number of falls and a 20% decrease in falls with injury during the one-year period post implementation.

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