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 Coalition is structured to reflect the Coalition's state plan. Subcommittees have been formed in the focus areas of:
In addition, a representative has been recruited to work closely with the OIPP Data Action Group on behalf of the Falls Coalition.
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.
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.
The Coalition is excited to announce the 2019 Pilot Project recipients. A special thank you to the Promotion Committee for their assistance in reviewing many deserving projects and selecting this year’s recipients.
Geauga Public Health – Fall risk assessments and home modifications
Healer Within Foundation – Tai Chi
Lorain County Public Health – Home assessment and modifications
Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital – Stepping On
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.