Friday, February 6, 2015

Colorado hospitals named as Violence and Injury Prevention Programs of Excellence

The Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP) Programs of Excellence highlights sustainable and evidence-based programs that are being implemented around the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing the following hospitals as VIP Programsof Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the Stepping On program, addressing older adult fall prevention as a system-wide initiative:

St. Anthony North Hospital
Penrose St. Francis
Avista Adventist Hospital
Parker Adventist Hospital
St. Mary Corwin Hospital
St Anthony Summit Medical Center
St. Thomas More Hospital
North Suburban Medical Center
Rose Medical Center

Stepping On is an evidence-based program that utilizes healthcare professionals to lead the various course modules and offers the most flexibility for participants to ask questions related to not just the exercises but a variety of medical issues. As a group activity that is based on stories and group examples, it also offers a social interaction for the seniors we target with the program. It offers an opportunity for additional community supporters of fall prevention to interact with this at risk population by volunteering as guest speakers.

For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to the VIPrevention website.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.