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Administration on Aging (AoA)

Falls Prevention Initiatives

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Background and Goals

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 years of age and older. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.

To help address this growing epidemic, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has awarded more than $8 million in grants financed solely by the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).

Seventeen of these grants have been awarded to domestic public and private nonprofit entities, including state agencies and community organizations; and four grants have been awarded to tribal organizations. ACL has also funded a nonprofit organization to serve as the first-ever ACL National Falls Prevention Resource Center.

The Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs cooperative agreements are designed to achieve two major goals:

  • Goal 1: Significantly increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities at risk of falls who participate in evidence-based community programs to reduce falls and falls risks.
  • Goal 2: Build partnerships and/or secure contracts with the health care sector and identify innovative funding arrangements that can support these evidence-based falls prevention programs, while embedding the programs into an integrated, sustainable evidence-based prevention program network.

The National Falls Prevention Resource Center cooperative agreement is designed to achieve two major goals:

  • Goal 1: Increase public education about the risks of falls and how to prevent them.
  • Goal 2: Support and stimulate the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based community programs and strategies that have been proven to reduce the incidence of falls among seniors.

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FY 2014 Awardees

Grantee Award Amount
National Council on Aging (serving as the Resource Center)
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley
Foundation for Healthy Communities
Georgia Department of Human Services
Hardrock Council on Substance Abuse
Health Foundation of South Florida
Iowa Department on Aging
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians
Minnesota Board on Aging
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Sokaogon Chippewa Community
State of Vermont
Utah Department of Health

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FY 2015 Awardees

Grantee Award Amount
Partners in Care Foundation
The Oasis Institute
Dartmouth Center for Healthy Aging, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center & Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
New Jersey Department of Human Services
New York State Department of Health
United Way of Tarrant County
Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging

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FY 2016 Awardees

Grantee Award Amount
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, MA
Iowa Department of Public Health, IA
MAC, Inc., MD
Marymount University, VA
New Mexico Department of Health, NM
Rush University Medical Center, IL
Southern Maine Agency on Aging, ME
Indian Health Council, CA
Inter Tribal Council of AZ, Inc., AZ
Mescalero Apache Tribe, NM
Spirit Lake Tribe, ND

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State and Tribal Grant Profiles

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Resources and Useful Links

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Last Modified: 7/21/2016