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The Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition 
The Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition 

About Us

Mission: To reduce the risk of falls through partnerships, education and policy.

Vision: Older Ohioans will have fewer falls and fall-related injuries, maximizing their independence and quality of life.

Because falls disproportionately impact older Ohioans, Ohio’s fastest-growing population, the Ohio Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Section created the Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition as a subgroup of the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership (OIPP) to focus specifically on falls among older adults. 

The Falls Coalition has an Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition State Plan for 2017-2021.The State Plan is updated biannually by the Falls Coalition Leadership Team. Click here to access the updated strategic plan 

The Coalition is structured to reflect the Coalition's state plan. Subcommittees have been formed in the focus areas of:

  • Awareness
  • Infrastructure
  • Policy
  • Promotion

In addition, a representative has been recruited to work closely with the OIPP Data Action Group on behalf of the Falls Coalition.

The Falls Coalition partners with the Ohio Department of Aging on an annual basis to observe National Falls Prevention Day through promotion and involvement in 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls.

The Coalition awards annual pilot projects to communities across Ohio.  Each project is provided a grant to initiate policy, environmental, or systems change related to older adult fall prevention in their community.  Projects are selected through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process.  The next RFP will be  available in February 2020.  By providing these grant dollars to diverse communities and organizations, the Coalition helps spread awareness and increases opportunities for older adults to become actively engaged in evidence-based fall prevention strategies across Ohio.

The 2019 recipients are:
Geauga Public Health – Home modifications
Healer Within Foundation (Montgomery County) – Tai Chi
Lorain County Health Department – Home modifications
OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital (Richland County) – Stepping On

How to Join

To become a member of the OIPP or the Coalition, please complete the online membership application.  You will begin to receive meeting notifications and updates about the group's activities.

For more information about the group, please contact the Ohio Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Section at 614-466-2144.

What's New?

Leadership Team
New members have joined the Coalition’s Leadership Team!  The Coalition welcomed Cassie Harmon, Jake Collins, Jayne Call, and Marika Paul to the Leadership Team in February.  The Coalition is thankful for the continued leadership and support of our existing liaisons and committee co-chairs. 

Pilot Projects
The 2020 RFP is available the deadline for applications is Friday December 13, 2019. Please see the RFP for submission details. Click here to access the RFP. 

Coalition Committees
The 2019 Fall Prevention Symposium was a great success!  The one-day conference was held on March 29 in Columbus with over 200 professionals in attendance.  The Coalition is very thankful for the dedication and hard work of the Awareness Committee who planned this educational, empowering event.