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How to implement effective falls prevention programmes

Falls Free logoFalls Prevention Awareness Day is run every year by the National Council on Aging. To date, it has included participation from 47 states within the US, as well as the District of Colombia. This year it will run on 21st September with the theme 'Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow'. In preparation for the launch of Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a webinar was held on 21 August to share best practice examples and information about implementing comprehensive approaches to falls prevention.

Topics included:

  • What’s new in falls prevention programming and what’s working in communities nationwide
  • How organisations are integrating falls prevention programming into their other offerings
  • Tested strategies to recruit older adult participants, including those from hard-to-reach populations
  • Exciting new initiatives that partner with emergency medical services, community health workers and others


  • Judy A. Stevens, PhD, Epidemiologist, National Center for Injury Prevention & Control, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Patti League, RN, Program Manager, A Matter of Balance, Portland, ME
  • Valeree Lecey, MS, OT, Lead Trainer, Stepping On, Older Americans Act Consultant, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources
  • Tiffany Shubert, PT, PhD, Project Manager, Falls Practice Improvement Network, Center for Aging and Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, College of Public Health, University of Georgia
  • Ellen C. Schneider, MBA, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The recording of the webinar is now available to view online. To view this, the associated resources and presentation slides click here.

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