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ACL Funds Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Grants

September 25, 2014

The Administration on Aging, a program division within ACL, is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants—totaling over $4.8 million and funded by the 2014 Prevention and Public Health Fund—to advance the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based falls prevention programs and strategies across the nation.

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, ACL has awarded 10 grants to domestic public and private nonprofit entities, including state agencies and community organizations; and four grants to tribal organizations. ACL also awarded one grant for the first year of a two-year project period to a nonprofit organization to serve as the first-ever ACL National Falls Prevention Resource Center.

Together, these projects are designed to increase participation in evidence-based community programs to reduce falls and falls risk while also increasing the sustainability of such programs through innovative funding arrangements. The projects will specifically target adults at risk for falls, particularly older adults, including American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian elders, as well as adults with disabilities.

Over a two year period, grantees intend to reach a total of nearly 19,000 individuals with programs that have been proven to reduce falls and/or falls risk among older adults, such as A Matter of Balance, Stepping On, Tai Chi, and Otago. The Resource Center will work collaboratively—on behalf of the public, aging services network, and other stakeholders—to increase public education about the risk of falls and how to prevent them, and to assist in sustainability efforts.

ACL Evidence-Based Falls Prevention grantees listed by organization and federal award amount

Organization Federal Award
 National Council on Aging (serving as the Resource Center) $400,000
 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment $400,000
 Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley $492,960
 Foundation for Healthy Communities $223,100
 Georgia Department of Human Services $399,918
 Hardrock Council on Substance Abuse $100,000
 Health Foundation of South Florida $400,000
 Iowa Department on Aging $385,840
 Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians $99,999
 Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians $42,532
 Minnesota Board on Aging $500,000
 North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services $303,822
 Sokaogon Chippewa Community $99,816
 State of Vermont $535,059
 Utah Department of Health $465,530

Learn more about about ACL's Health, Prevention, and Wellness Programs.


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