205049 Symposium on the development, implementation and effectiveness of a national evidence-based falls prevention program: A matter of balance-voluntary lay leader model

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:30 AM

Margaret Haynes, MPA , Partnership for Healthy Aging, MaineHealth, Portland, ME
Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH , Social & Behavioral Health, Texas A&M HSC School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX
Falls and subsequent negative sequelae are widely recognized as major problems in the aging population. Efforts to develop evidence-based programs have demonstrated positive effects, and thus contribute to national falls prevention efforts, if widely disseminated with program fidelity. In recognition, the Administration on Aging has embarked on a national initiative to encourage more evidence-based programming for older adults.

The purpose of this symposium is to discuss the development, implementation, and effectiveness of a nationally disseminated falls prevention program, A Matter of Balance-Volunteer Lay Led model (AMOB-VLL, and to highlight some of the successes of the national, state and local levels.

Abstract 1 (#201537) “A Matter of Balance/Lay Leader Model: Reach and Adoption in National Dissemination” by League provides background information concerning the translation of AMOB from research to practice.

Abstract 2 (#201563) “A Matter of Balance/Lay Leader Model: Participant Outcomes of National Dissemination” by Haynes describes the effectiveness of AMOB as related to outcomes at the national level.

Abstract 3 (#203533) “Texas Falls Prevention Coalition: Mobilizing Falls-Prevention through the Area Agencies on Aging" by Parrish discusses the development process of a statewide coalition for AMOB and related health issues for older populations.

Abstract 4 (#203139) "Falls Prevention as a Pathway to Successful Aging: Statewide Implementation and Dissemination of an Evidence-Based Program” by Ory reviews the effectiveness of one statewide implementation of the AMOB.

Discussant: Dr. Karin Mack will provide a public health and injury prevention prospective. Dr. Nancy Whitelaw will provide an aging perspective on evidence-based programs.

Learning Objectives:
Assess the components of a successful evidence-based program for seniors Describe the effectiveness of a national dissemination effort regarding an evidence-based falls prevention program. List the steps involved to create a statewide coalition Identify components of a successful program implementation and evaluation effort

Keywords: Aging, Injury Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: This is session abstract , including 4 papers and 2 discussants. We would like to be co-listed with physical activity session.

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have helped develop the AMOB-VLL program and lead a national technical assistance effort
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.