Organizations that took the lead in developing the coalition
NC Division of Public Health, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, Carolina Geriatric Education Center; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Goals and Objectives

Mission:

Reduce the number of falls, fall-related injuries, and seriousness of injuries resulting from falls for North Carolinians

Goals:

  • Establish and maintain a statewide Falls Prevention Coalition of key state, regional, and community stakeholders to systematically identify needs, resources and successes and to build capacity for falls prevention throughout the state.
  • Develop and apply effective social marketing materials and practices to engage and better inform the public and constituencies about falls risks and proven strategies to reduce falls.
  • Identify, develop and implement training programs at state, regional, and community levels for both clinical and community providers to raise falls prevention awareness and enable them to plan, deliver and evaluate effective evidence-based falls prevention programs and practices/interventions.
  • Create and implement plans to identify and establish necessary complements of risk assessment and intervention strategies at the state, regional and community levels to address the varying and diverse needs of those at risk for falls.
  • Monitor the growth and outcomes of falls prevention initiatives. Evaluate and disseminate findings and lessons learned from the process and outcomes of the initiative on at least an annual basis. Use information and conclusions to set new goals and strategies for upcoming year and seek resources to continue falls prevention activities.
  • Assess, advocate, and facilitate the development of policies, environments, and resources that advance falls prevention.

Outcomes Being Monitored

  • Number and reach of evidence-based interventions in the state
  • Number and reach of Falls Prevention Awareness Day activities
  • Number of organizations involved in the falls prevention coalition
  • Hospitalizations and deaths due to falls
  • Number of local or regional falls prevention coalitions in the state

All Funding Sources
Funding for Coalition activities has been provided by the NC Division of Public Health, the Carolina Geriatric Education Center, and the NC Department of Insurance.

Leadership Structure and Organizations that Currently Play a Key Role
NC Division of Public Health, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, Carolina Geriatric Education Center

Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs Being Offered in the State
A Matter of Balance, Otago, Tai Chi for Arthritis, YMCA: Moving for Better Balance

Regional/county/local coalitions or workgroups that the state coalition supports/provides technical assistance
Dare County Falls Prevention Coalition; Eastern NC Falls Prevention Coalition; High Country Regional Coalition; McDowell Balance; Metrolina Falls Prevention Coalition; Piedmont Area Falls Prevention Coalition; Region A Health Promotion Coalition; Yancey-Mitchell Community Fall Prevention; Western NC Falls Prevention Coalition

Success Stories

  • The NC Division of Aging and Adult Services was awarded a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Livingto increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities at risk for falls who participate in evidence-based falls prevention programs while increasing the state’s program sustainability through a centralized falls prevention “hub.” Through the grant, North Carolina will: screen older adults and adults with disabilities for falls-risk through the “Building Better Balance” (BBB) community program; reach over 1500 older adults and adults with disabilities through the “A Matter of Balance” (MOB) program, the Otago Exercise Program, and the “YMCA Moving for Better Balance” (YMCA MBB) program; and establish a centralized point of entry (“hub”) for falls and falls-risk activities and programs.
  • With funding from the NC Division of Public Health, statewide Falls Prevention Summits were held in 2014 and 2015 that provided participants with increased understanding of evidence-based programs available in NC, new ideas and strategies to address falls prevention, new connections with other organizations to improve falls prevention efforts, and a better understanding of the roles of different professionals in preventing falls.
  • Falls prevention is now included as part of the injury recommendations for the state’s Healthy People 2020 initiative and in the State Aging Services Plan.
  • Secured a Governor’s proclamation for Falls Prevention Awareness Week every year since 2009.

Primary Coalition Web Site
www.ncfallsprevention.org

Coalition Contacts

Ellen Schneider
Research Scientist
UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
1700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, GA 27599-7426
(919) 966-9402
ecschnei@email.unc.edu

Nicolle Miller
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Aging Specialist
NC Division of Aging and Adult Services
693 Palmer Drive
Raleigh NC 27603
(919) 855-3423
nicolle.miller@dhhs.nc.gov