Monday, November 9, 2015

Violence and Injury Prevention Programs of Excellence Recognized for Fall Prevention

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 agencies as VIP Programs of Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the evidence-based exercise and education classes and programs, addressing older adult fall prevention:

  • The Seasons Club/McKee Medical Center - host/teach/market two evidence-based programs for fall prevention (Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, A Matter of Balance: A Fall Prevention Program) on a regular basis. In addition to these efforts, they offer balance screenings, and medication review at McKee.
  • Southwest Regional Emergency Medicine & Trauma Advisory Council - SWRETAC has been involved in introducing Older Adult Fall prevention efforts in the region since 2011. SWRETAC hosted several Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall prevention instructor trainer courses, graduating 22 instructors for the region. Continued support and ongoing investment in exercise courses is one of the priorities. SWRETAC Fall prevention coalition has also implemented distribution and education of the CDC STEADI Tool kits in the region. With a partnership with the local ADRC, regional referral may be given to ADRC to assist with resources for the Fall risk individual/ family. ADRC will then create a case number to follow up with the individual to make sure they found the resources/ referrals recommended by the provider.  SWRETAC also provided an in home safety check list for EMS providers to use with community outreach visits in the home. Most recently, the SWRETAC Fall Prevention coalition produced a Fall Prevention PSA video for use and distribution. 
  • St. Mary's Medical Center - Pilot program implementation of the Stepping On 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 Violence and Injury Prevention Recognition page.

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