Author(s): Murphy TE, Baker DI, LeoSummers LS, Bianco L, Gottschalk M,
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Abstract PURPOSE OF STUDY: To describe the ongoing efforts of the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention (CCFP) to move evidence regarding fall prevention into clinical practice and state policy. METHODS: A university-based team developed methods of networking with existing statewide organizations to influence clinical practice and state policy. RESULTS: We describe steps taken that led to funding and legislation of fall prevention efforts in the state of Connecticut. We summarize CCFP's direct outreach by tabulating the educational sessions delivered and the numbers and types of clinical care providers that were trained. Community organizations that had sustained clinical practices incorporating evidence-based fall prevention were subsequently funded through mini-grants to develop innovative interventional activities. These mini-grants targeted specific subpopulations of older persons at high risk for falls. IMPLICATIONS: Building collaborative relationships with existing stakeholders and care providers throughout the state, CCFP continues to facilitate the integration of evidence-based fall prevention into clinical practice and state-funded policy using strategies that may be useful to others.
This article was published in Gerontologist
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research