Community FP Coalition-Generated Information
Coalition Building Resources
A crucial step in creating a successful and long-standing coalition is to identify and recruit stakeholders to participate. For more information on recruitment of fall prevention coalition members, click here.
- Fall Prevention Coalition of Nevada County Overview Form – Create an overview of your coalition including benefits of participation, recent coalition activities, and member responsibilities to share with potential and new members.
- Fall Prevention Coalition – Los Angeles (FPC-LA) Resource Inventory Form – Create an inventory of coalition members’ resources so you know who to involve in different activities and where recruitment is needed to bring additional resources and expertise on board.
- Fall Prevention Coalition – Los Angeles (FPC-LA) Member Roles and Responsibilities Form
Before developing fall prevention efforts in your community, it is important to understand the nature of the problem you are seeking to address, determine what services are needed to effectively address the problem, and who needs your services the most. These preliminary questions can be answered by conducting a needs assessment.
Create an overview of your coalition’s planned needs assessment activities to share with needs assessment participants and to publicize your efforts in the community.
- Older Adult Surveys
Learn first-hand about older adults’ interests, experiences, and needs in your community. Open-ended surveys like the example below are most effective when administered in person or by phone to ensure questions are properly understood and answered.
- Older Adult Focus Groups
Focus groups involve gathering a group of seniors at a meeting place one or multiple times. Common areas to recruit seniors and hold focus groups include senior centers, retirement communities, nursing homes, and churches. Focus groups can provide stories, quotes, and first-hand experience with the problem your program is working to address.
- Professional Surveys
Key informant interviews and surveys may be directed at medical and senior service providers. These people may be best reached by email, fax, or phone. These surveys and interviews can assess existing fall prevention programs and services being offered as well as providers’ knowledge of available fall prevention resources in the community.
- Results Reports
After collecting and analyzing your results, create a report summarizing your results and highlighting key points gathered from the data to share with agencies, decision makers, consumers and their families, current and potential funders, and the community. Publicize your findings at public hearings, to administrators and legislators and for media releases.
A strategic plan can effectively guide coalition activities and provide a long-term coordinated approach to reducing falls in your community. For more information on strategic planning for coalitions, click here.
- Fall Prevention Coalition of Nevada County Fall Prevention Resource Guide
- Santa Barbara County Fall Prevention Task Force Fall Prevention Resource List
- Fall Prevention Coalition of Nevada County EMS Referral Form
- Caring Choices (April 2006) – Multi-Factorial Fall Risk Assessment and Intervention for Community Dwelling Seniors: The Role of Home Health Agencies
Use surveys to obtain member feedback and satisfaction on the functioning of the coalition, and use the results to make improvements. For more information on evaluation basics for fall prevention coalitions, click here.
FPCE Generated Information
On December 5-6, 2007, more than 140 invited stakeholders from various fields gathered in Long Beach, California to map out next steps on how California can better address the serious problem of falls in a rapidly growing older adult population. The Summit Goals were to: 1) increase knowledge about state of the art fall prevention efforts; 2) develop strategies to sustain and replicate promising fall prevention programs; and 3) generate recommendations to improve policies in the areas of Community Programs, Education and Training, Health Care, Healthy Lifestyles and Recreation, and Safe Housing and Communities. Due to the large nature of the proceedings, the files have been divided into sections.
- Technical Assistance Brief #1 – Implementing Fall Prevention Components with Participants in Community Programs, Gretchen Alkema, PhD
- Technical Assistance Brief #2 – Integrating Fall Prevention Components into Existing Organizational Structures, Gretchen Alkema, PhD
- Technical Assistance Brief #3 – Recruitment of Fall Prevention Coalition Members, Katie Mack, MPA, MSG and Julie Overton, MSG/MHA
- Technical Assistance Brief #4 – Strategic Planning for Coalitions, Katie Mack, MPA, MSG and Julie Overton, MSG/MHA
- Technical Assistance Brief #5 – Evaluation Basics for Fall Prevention Coalitions and Programs, Gretchen Alkema, PhD & Phoebe Liebig, PhD
- Technical Assistance Brief #6 – Pathways to Sustaining Fall Prevention Activities, Emily B. Nabors, MSG, Gretchen Alkema, PhD & Phoebe Liebig, PhD
- Home Modification – A brief introduction to home modification, a list of everyday situations that pose risks for falls.
- Catch Yourself – Simple Steps to Prevent Falls.
- Preventing Outdoor Falls – Caroline Cicero, PhD
- Tracking Falls in California: Better Data Needed –
Christy M. Nishita, Ph.D. and In Hee Choi, PhD
- Assistive Devices – Benefits of assistive devices and
how to get an assistive device
- Balance and Mobility – Causes of balance and mobility problems
- Falls and Vision Loss Part 1 – Bernard A. Steinman, PhD
- Falls and Vision Loss Part 2 – Bernard A. Steinman, PhD
- Profile of CA Falls – Christy Nishita , Ph.D and In Hee Choi, PhD
- Falls Among Older Adults: Public Health Surveillance Issue – In Hee Choi, PhD , Roger B. Trent, Ph.D. , Christy M. Nishita, Ph.D. , and Jon Pynoos, Ph.D.
- Multi-factorial and Physical Activity Programs for Fall Prevention – Debra Rose, PhD, Laurence Rubenstein, MD, MPH, Anna Q. Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L, Caroline Cicero, PhD & Bernard A. Steinman, PhD