Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention

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 | jastjohn@sph.tamhsc.edu  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

-See more at: http://www.ncoa.org/improve-health/center-for-healthy-aging/falls-prevention/state-coalitions-map/california.html#sthash.nhcRu7zu.dpuf



Local Coalitions in Northern California active in Fall Prevention Programs ( Thank you to CPHA_N)