Many falls can be prevented by a multi-factorial combination of medication management, physical activity, home modification, and fall risk education; yet no single agency is responsible for fall prevention and services are often fragmented. To promote fall interventions, the right mix of services and organizations need to be involved. Community-based coalitions – representatives of organizations that collaborate to address a common concern such as reducing falls – can identify local needs and build their communities’ capacity to address them.
The California Fall Prevention Network is comprised of local fall prevention coalition members, Area Agency on Aging staff, and other health and senior service professionals active in fall prevention in the state. Click here to learn more.
Click here for a list of local fall prevention coalitions across California.
For more information about the Fall Prevention Coalition – Los Angeles (FPC-LA) including its 2013 Call to Action, click here.
If you are interested in building or leading a coalition, click here for resources created by community fall prevention coalitions previously funded by the Archstone Foundation as well as resources from the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence.
What can coalitions do? Below are selected coalition activities and outcomes.
- Conduct needs assessments to identify programs in the community and gaps in service
- Create strategic plans and share them with the community, Board of Supervisors
- Members give presentations to older adults, caregivers, and senior service providers
- Translate and disseminate fall prevention handouts into multiple languages
- Hold community events, participate in senior expos and health fairs
- Help change individuals’ knowledge, attitude and behaviors to promote fall prevention
PRODUCTS, PROGRAMS & SERVICE PROVISION
- Bring organizations of different backgrounds together to promote fall prevention
- Create an online directory of fall prevention-related resources in community
- Establish an assessment and referral program with member organizations
- Create a referral form to be used by first responders
- Create tools to assist MDs in referring patients to fall prevention services and programs
- Secure funds to provide home modifications and installation for low-income seniors
- Build a city-wide network of fall prevention health and social services
- Create/collaborate on workshops that train leaders to educate professionals at their organizations (i.e., “Train the Trainer”)
ADVOCACY & IMPACT
- Obtain proclamations for Fall Prevention Awareness Week
- Conduct walkability audits and advocate for new curb cuts, increased cross walk times and marked uneven sidewalks
- Promote the adoption of fall prevention by member and non-member organizations (e.g., care management assessments, intake forms, discharge procedures)
- Advocate for improved local data collection methods (e.g., from first responders, hospital emergency departments)
- InfluenceCity policies and plans by developing issue briefs and providing testimony to legislators