Prevent falls through comprehensive and coordinated clinical and community integration
Objectives for Goal #2
2A: By the end of 2024, utilize a shared risk and protective factor framework to prevent falls and fall-related injuries.
- 2A1: By the end of 2021, engage subject matter experts (SME) to identify shared risk and protective factors (e.g. disability status, social isolation, chronic conditions, lack of available and/or coordinated services) that are common across issues related to falls (e.g. substance use, traumatic brain injury, suicide, motor vehicle crashes) to create the framework.
- 2A2: By the end of 2022, assess risk and protective factors to determine and prioritize shared risk and/or protective factors in order to reduce falls and related issues.
- 2A3: By the end of 2023, align at least 1-2 strategies based on identified and prioritized shared risk and/or protective factors with strategies used by providers who focus on other related issues (e.g. audiologists, chronic disease specialists, diabetes educators, TBI) in order to increase impact.
- 2A4: By the end of 2024, develop materials based on SRPFs to engage new partners in falls prevention work who traditionally have not included falls prevention in their work.
2B: By the end of 2025, ensure that consistent and quality falls prevention information and resources are available for providers across the continuum of care.
- 2B1: By the end of 2021, identify and inventory existing provider-centered and patient-centered best practices toolkits.
- 2B2: By the end of 2022, review for and incorporate consistent messaging (3B) across toolkits identified in 2B1.
- 2B3: By the end of 2023, add any additional context and/or content to existing toolkits for specific population needs and settings identified in 1E3.
- 2B4: By the end of 2023, hold 3-4 focus groups with various public stakeholders across the state through regional coalitions for input on education materials identified in 2B1 and 2B3.
- 2B5: By the end of 2024, identify new materials/toolkits needed based on focus group feedback.
- 2B6: By the end of 2024, incorporate SRPF language and partners into toolkits, both existing and new.
- 2B7: By the end of 2025, develop 2-3 of the new materials needed identified in 2B4-2B6 to contribute to provider and patient awareness and education.
2C: By the end of 2025 increase access to and awareness of falls prevention materials for health care providers across the continuum of care through existing resource hubs.
- 2C1: By the end of 2021, identify and inventory existing platforms and information access points for health care providers.
- 2C2: By the end of 2023, identify information and educational materials (2B) and provide links to multiple accessible platforms (ncfallsprevention.org, healthyagingnc.com, NC211, and/or NCCARE360, etc. TBD…).
- 2C3: By the end of 2025, educate providers across the COC about how to access information and educational materials for providers and patients via newsletters, emails, notices to credentialing boards, exhibitor tables at statewide professional conferences, etc.).
2D: By the end of 2025, promote falls prevention as an integral part of core competency training through regional, state, and/or national professional organizations via the NCPFC.
- 2D1: By the end of 2021, conduct outreach to 3-5 state professional organizations.
- 2D2: By the end of 2021, invite 3-5 professional organizations to at least one NCFPC meeting per year on an on-going basis to educate about the links between falls risk and other health conditions.
- 2D3: By the end of 2023, identify workforce development avenues for FP (Community Health Workers (CHW), Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), UNC -Wilmington, Area Agencies on Aging Council of Governments Work force (AAA COG)).
- 2D4: By the end of 2025, use the SRPF framework to promote falls prevention with state professional organizations’ core competency training (i.e. CHW, NCIOM, AHEC, Medical Society, NCPTA, Nursing, Pharmacy).
- 2E1: By the end of 2021, identify current technologies, processes, and resources that assist in referrals to EBFPPs and that bridge gaps along the continuum of care (Transportation and other social determinants of health, PeerPlace, HANC, NC211, NCCARE360).
- 2E2: By the end of 2022, develop and initiate biannual education of NC211 Call Center Staff on falls prevention.
- 2E3: By the end of 2022, promote successful state models of community paramedicine through at least one venue and promote expansion of the model as one means of bridging the gap.
- 2E4: By the end of 2023, ensure that CBO/direct service providers collaborate and have consistent search terms (taxonomy) for EBFPP and provide education to providers about referral pathways.
- 2E5: By the end of 2024, ensure that direct service providers are on referral platforms (TBD).
- 2E6: By the end of 2025, ensure that local and regional resource directories are housed on/linked to TBD platform (NCFPC, NC211, NCCARE360, etc.)