Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition

Vision since 2012: All Iowans will have fewer falls and fall-related injuries, maximizing their independence and quality of life.

Falls Prevention in Iowa

Because falls are the leading cause of injury and injury-related death among Iowa adults aged 65 and older.

Falls are a significant public health problem.

Check out the Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal for up to date statistics and data on falls.

2022 Falls Prevention Data Brief

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services releases an annual Iowa Falls Prevention Data Brief.

Most Recent Signed Proclamation

We attempt to keep policymakers informed about the burden of falls and encourage their support for falls prevention strategies in Iowa.

2021 Summary of Falls Prevention Efforts

This document shares a summary of the strategic action plan work completed in 2021.

2022 Summary of Falls Prevention Efforts

This document shares a summary of the strategic action plan work completed in 2022.

Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition

The mission of the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition is to facilitate collaboration between state, community and health care system partners to reduce falls by building awareness, providing education, and supporting implementation of fall prevention efforts.

Coalition Membership

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition is made up of 60+ Iowa agencies and community-based organizations working together to support the expansion and sustainability of falls prevention programs and services across the state that educate Iowans about the risk of falls, address their fear of falling, and teach exercises to improve their balance and increase their activity levels.

Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition Charter

The Coalition supports maintaining and expanding fall prevention programs and services in the state of Iowa that focus on communities, hospitals, clinics, and other outpatient settings.

Coalition Partner Commitment Form

Coalitions can bring together organizations and providers to collaborate to reduce falls, identify state or community needs, recommend policy changes, and build capacity.

Current Iowa Falls Prevention 3-Year Action Plan

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition merged efforts with the Iowa Falls Prevention statewide strategies (SWS) to operationalize the SWS task forces’ mission and vision to reduce falls in Iowa.

Iowa Falls Prevention Symposium

To enhance the falls prevention knowledge of professionals caring for older adults and adults with disabilities in a variety of care settings.

2023 Symposium Brochure

9th Annual Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition Symposium - Community Connections to Prevent Falls

8th Annual Falls Prevention Symposium

Access presentations from the 2022 Symposium

2023 Falls Prevention Awareness Week

September 18-22, 2023 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week, a nationwide observance to raise awareness on preventing falls, reducing the risk of falls, and helping individuals live without fear of falling.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention

Click here to check out Milestones Area Agency on Aging's video "Talking Falls Prevention with Susan and Rosie" for a look at the benefits of Tai Chi for falls prevention.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Testimonial

"I find the heel to toe stepping we do feels more stable when I walk..." click here to read more.

CAPABLE Program Participant Testimonial

“Miss Sydney, I want to let you know that meeting you has been a blessing in my life. You have helped me in so many ways with safety repairs, safety lights, and so much more. For the first time since all my surgeries, I feel safe from falling on steps as you took care of the poor lighting issues in my home. Because of the knowledge you have shared with me about my diabetes and my lung problems, I'm better able to take care of myself and see problems coming up with low and high blood sugars and low oxygen. You've helped me so much and I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for your mother Mrs. Nurse, and of course, for the CAPABLE Program.”

Fall Prevention Resources

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall
6 pasos para prevenir una caída
Getting Up After A Fall
Keep Your Home Falls Free
Checklist for Navigating Your Neighborhood
AARP HomeFit Guide
My Mobility Plan
STEADI - Older Adult Fall Prevention
Falls Free Check Up Tool Available in English and Spanish
Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers
Medications Linked to Falls
Falls Prevention Awareness Week National Impact Report
Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Center Equipment for Fall Prevention
A CDC Compendium of Effective Fall Interventions
NCOA Community Connect
National Falls Prevention Database for Professionals
Building Healthy Inclusive Communities
CDC Falls Prevention Resources
Administration for Community Living
Falls Prevention Resource Center for Professionals
USC’s Fall Prevention Center of Excellence - Home Modification Toolkit