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About the New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition

The New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition (NMAFPC) is composed of professionals who volunteer their services and expertise to represent the public and private sectors. This coalition attempts to implement the strategies of the Falls Free® Initiative and National Action Plan. The group has sponsored trainings and speakers on relevant falls prevention topics, and a falls screening booth at the New Mexico State Fair. The group has also supported evidence-based fall prevention programs and provided fall prevention informational tools to various stakeholders. To find out more information about the coalition or to volunteer, please contact the Coalition Chair at: nmstopfalls@gmail.com.

While falls are a public health problem nationally, they are of particular concern in New Mexico. In 2014, New Mexico ranked 9th in the country for fall-related deaths, and over 3,500 of its older adults were hospitalized as a result of a fall. The New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition has released the Strategic Plan for 2016-2020, detailing goals and objectives for fall prevention in the state. Download a copy at this link.

NMAFPC Partnerships

Organizations, companies and individuals are encouraged to join us as partners of the New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition. When you join the Coalition, you will work with an active network of people wanting to increase awareness of fall risk factors, advance access to fall prevention interventions, and decrease the risk and incidence of falls among older adults in New Mexico. Your partnership could include commitment of a liaison between the Coalition and your organization, financial support for specific activities and/or donation of materials.

Current partners with the New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition are:

  • Gentiva
  • HealthInsight
  • New Mexico American Physical Therapy Association
  • New Mexico Department of Health - Office of Injury Prevention
  • New Mexico Healthy Aging Collaborative
  • New Mexico Occupational Therapy Association
  • Presbyterian Home Healthcare

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on September 23, 2016—the first day of fall. The event raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. The theme of this year’s event is Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016.

Since Falls Prevention Awareness Day was first observed in 2008, we have grown participation in the event from 11 states to 48 states and the District of Columbia in 2014. This year, we hope to expand our reach even further! See more at the National Countil on Aging website.

Looking Ahead

New Mexico continues to pursue the following long-term goals:

  • Encourage older adults to adopt healthy behaviors, become more physically active, have their medications reviewed and make appropriate safety modifications to their homes.
  • Encourage health care providers to assess all older patients for fall risk factors.
  • Educate and train caregivers and family members in strategies to reduce falls.
  • Increase availability of evidence-based falls prevention and physical activity programs in community-based organizations serving older adults.
  • Improve mechanisms for health care providers to refer older adults to community-based falls prevention and physical activity programs.
  • Empower all individuals to promote falls prevention strategies in their communities.

For more information, please visit www.ncoa.org/FPAD or contact Karen Dugas, MPH; NM Department of Health Adult Falls Prevention Health Educator and Coordinator, karen.dugas@state.nm.us, or Janet Popp, PT, MS; Chair, NM Adult Falls Prevention Coalition, nmstopfalls@gmail.com.

About the Falls Free® Initiative

Led by the National Council on Aging, the Falls Free® Initiative includes more than 40 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies working collaboratively to bring education, awareness and evidence-based solutions to local communities. Falls Free® seeks to provide hundreds of thousands of older Americans with the resources and education needed to reduce their risk of injury. For more information, please visit: www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeInitiative.

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