One out of three adults ages 65+ older fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury death in this age group (National Council on Aging & Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, 2010). Community Health Workers/Promotores have the unique opportunity to work with older adults to reduce risk factors for falling and prevent injury due to falls. To equip CHWs/Ps in fall prevention, the Center for Community Health Development’s National CHW Training Center at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Prevention Research Center developed an in-person and online curriculum for CHWs/Ps and CHW/P instructors.
We are pleased to announce the availability of these free, online, self-paced, evidence-based CHW and Instructor trainings on fall prevention among older adults. (Note: the trainings are approved for Texas DSHS-certified CHW and CHW Instructor CEUs).
1. CHW Course: Preparing CHWs/Promotores to Prevent and Reduce Falls Among Older Adults (2 Texas DSHS-certified CHW CEUs), register at http://www.aheconnect.com/cgec/
2. CHW Instructor Course*: Helping older adults change their health behaviors to prevent falls and related Injuries: Health Behavior Change Theories (5 Texas DSHS-certified CHW Instructor CEUs), register at http://nchwtc.tamhsc.edu/fall-prevention-curriculum/
For more information about the training, curriculum, or in-person trainings, please call 979-845-6462 or email CHW-Training@sph.tamhsc.edu.
Please feel free to forward this email, flyers, and information to your CHW/Promotora and CHW Instructor contacts about two free, online, self-paced courses on fall prevention among older adults.
Julie Parrish St. John, Dr.P.H., M.A., C.H.W.I., | Senior Advisor
Center for Community Health Development’s National CHW Training Center, School of Public Health | Texas A&M Health Science Center
330 W. Hudson Rd., San Benito, TX 78586
ph: 325.513.4943 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.sph.tamhsc.edu | Transforming Health
Falls – a major public health problem. (CPHA_N Newsletter September 2014)
Even those engaged in other areas of public health need reminders. We seldom think about the retired senior who slips on a rug at home and fractures a bone or has other injuries…but this is something that we need to pay attention to and support fall prevention efforts. Falls have great impact…far beyond the deaths they cause.
o California has over 4.2 million Californians age 65 and older – the largest elderly population of any state in the US.
o Californians over age 85 are the fastest growing segment of the state population.
o In the ten years between 1999 and 2009, fall-related deaths among seniors (age 60+) increased by 86%.
o Approximately one-third of older Californians fall each year, with many of the 1.3million suffering serious injury, particularly hip fractures and head injuries.
o The average estimated medical cost of a senior fall-related hospitalization in California is $30,000.
o For every hospitalized traffic injury to senior Californians, there are 15 hospitalizations for falls.
o Physicians are not widely screening for fall risk, despite published clinical guidelines.
o Fall Deaths in California are Only the Tip of the Iceberg…More than 40% of Californians hospitalized for hip fractures never return home or live independently again and 25% will die within one year.
o 1,700 Deaths; 79,000 Hospitalizations; 178,000 Emergency Room visits; Economic impact: $2.065 Billion in medical costs. www.stopfalls.org
Local Coalitions in Northern California active in Fall Prevention Programs ( Thank you to CPHA_N)
- Alameda County Senior Injury Prevention Project Contact : Miriam Rabinovitz, SIPP Coordinator email@example.com (510) 481-4190 http://www.acphd.org/ipp/sipp.
- Contra Costa Fall Prevention Program: Gennifer Mountain firstname.lastname@example.org (925) 937-8311 http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/
- Marin County Fall Prevention Task Force Pat Lewis, Member Patslewis@comcast.net
- Fall Prevention Coalition of Nevada County Cynthia Schuetz, Coordinator email@example.com (530) 273-2273
- Facebook: Falls Prevention Coalition of Nevada County http://www.mynevadacounty.com/
nc/hhsa/dss/Pages/Falls- Prevention-Coalition-of- Nevada-County.aspx
- SAFE – Central Valley Coalition (Senior Awareness & Fall Education) – Central ValleyCoalition Ashley Hart firstname.lastname@example.org (559) 278-7539 www.safecvc.org
- San Mateo County Task Force Ellen Corman, Co-Chair Stanford University Medical Center Trauma & Emergency Services) email@example.com Patrice Christensen, Co-Chair (San Mateo County Health Department) firstname.lastname@example.org www.smcfallprevention.org/
- Sonoma County Fall Prevention Tracy Repp, Analyst (Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging, Adult & Aging Division) email@example.com http://www.socoaaa.org/fall_
- Stanislaus County FP Coalition Jill Erickson firstname.lastname@example.org.
us Dianna Olsen email@example.com
- StopFalls Napa Valley Karla Gardner, Program Coordinator KarlaG@aaans.org Pam Marietti, OTR/L, Coordinator & Occupational Therapist firstname.lastname@example.org stopfallsnapavalley.org http://stopfalls.aaans.org/
- California Department of Public Health, State & Local Injury Control Section, Rachel Zerbo, MPH Program Manager, MS 7214 – PO Box 997377, Sacramento, CA 95899-7377, Phone: (916) 552-9854, email@example.com