Fall Prevention Awareness Day Event at Hixson Lowe’s. Click the photo for more information. Photo credit: http://stevenllorca.com/

Fall Prevention Chattanooga (FPC) Timeline (updated December 5, 2016)

November 16, 2016 – Partnership Meeting @ Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel

September 27, 2016 – Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the North River Civic Center in Hixson, Event PosterChattanoogan.com

September 21, 2016 @ UTC MAPP building with speakers from The Speech and Hearing Center, Applied Tai Ji, UTC Physical Therapy with an overview of STEADI Fall Risk Assessment Toolkit for Health Care Providers.

July 20, 2016 @ Goodwill Industries Chattanooga with speakers from the HELPs Program and SCSEP Program

May 18, 2016 Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department hosts the FPC Partnership meeting with speakers from UTC OT Department. Presentation topic: CarFit and associations between falls and driving outcomes in older adults.

March 2016 – Matter of Balance summary of programs and partners: Twenty professionals attended the Matter of Balance master trainer course in Chattanooga, TN last year. Since 2015, these Master Trainers certified 87 professionals as Coaches and 174 older adults completed the 8-session program.

March 16, 2016 – Life Care Center of Ooltewah hosted the 9th FPC Partnership meeting with speakers from UTC School of Nursing, UTC Occupational Therapy, UT Medical Center, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department and Life Care Center of Ooltewah.

January 27, 2016 – City of Chattanooga hosted the 8th FPC Partnership meeting with speakers Rick O’Rear and Elaine Adams from the City of Chattanooga’s Chattanooga Fitness Center.

November 18, 2015 – Erlanger Hospital hosted the 7th FPC Partnership meeting with speaker Dr. Jessica Reynolds, Surgery Critical Care Fellow from Erlanger Hospital.

September 2015 – More than 200 people joined us at “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls,” an event that raised awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. Event ProgramEvent PosterMedia Advisory. Press Release. Photo Gallery. Chattanoogan.com. 

September 16, 2015– Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation hosted the 6th FPC Partnership meeting with speakers from Southeast Tennessee Development District and Siskin Hospital.

July 17, 2015 – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) hosted the 5th FPC Partnership Meeting with speakers from BCBST and Goodwill Industries HELPs – Medical Equipment Program

July 2015 – Article – Chattanooga Senior Directory, page 78.

May 20, 2015–North River YMCA hosted the 4th FPC Partnership Meeting with speakers from Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Tennessee and North River YMCA.

May 2015– Article – Harnessing Community Partnerships to Prevent Falls in Hamilton County, (TPHA Newsletter, pages 10+11)

March 2015 – Twenty professionals, (18) from Chattanooga and (2) from Knoxville attend a 2-day A Matter of Balance Training and become nationally certified Master Trainers. Read more: Chattanoogan.com and UTC Blog. According to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid, MOB participation is associated with a $938 decrease in total medical costs per participant per year. (Source: CMS: page 62).

March­ 2015– Eastgate Senior Center hosted the 3rd FPC Partnership Meeting with speakers from UTC School of Nursing, Chattanooga-Ham County Health Department, Partnership-Elder Services and Eastgate Senior Activity Center.  Brunch sponsored by BrightStar Care of Chattanooga.

January 2015 – Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department hosted the 2nd FPC Partnership Meeting with speakers from Erlanger Trauma Center, Signal Centers and Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation.

December 2014  – The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga awards a $15,000 grant to support Fall Prevention Evidence-Based Training and Programming.  Read more at:  Request for Partners Proposal.

November 2014  – Fall Prevention Chattanooga Partnership met for the first time.  Morning Pointe of Chattanooga hosted with speakers from CHI Memorial and Memorial Health Care Lifeline.

September 2014  – Chattanooga’s 2nd annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day Home Safety Event at Hixson Lowe’s.

September 2014 –Fall Prevention Chattanooga (FPC) Partnership Email Distribution List is created.

September 2014  – UTC School of Nursing and CHCHD collaborate on a grant application to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga requesting funding to support A Matter of Balance  Master Trainer program in Chattanooga.  If funded, an additional 20 MOB Master Trainers could train and certify new coaches, and offer programming to a much greater number of older adults.

August 2014  Chattanooga’s Fall Prevention Summit, hosted by CHCHD, UTC School of Nursing, Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation and CABIA.  View: Event Program and list of presenters.

August 2014 – WDEF News Channel 12 – Fall Prevention Summit

March 2014 – WRCB 3 Plus You  – Chattanooga’s Older Adult Physical Activity Resource Guide

February 2014 – CHCHD hosted a Falls Prevention Forum with health and social service providers to discuss barriers to service delivery and brainstorm ways providers can work together to coordinate services.

September 2013 –Chattanooga’s first Falls Prevention Awareness Day event takes place at the Hixson Lowe’s.

September 2013 –Chattanooga’s FPAD event featured in the NCOA’s National Compendium.

September 2013  Fighting Falls: Simple Steps may prevent injures – Times Free Press article by Barry Courter

September 2013  WDEF News Channel 12 Interview – Join us at the Falls Prevention Awareness Day Event!

September 2013 – Falls Prevention Awareness Day Press Release – Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department

September 2013 – UTC health profession students raise falls awareness in the community – University of Tennessee Chattanooga

September 2013 – Local Seniors Graduate from Balance Course at Life Care Center of Hixson – Life Care Center of Hixson

September 2012 – Fall Prevention Awareness Day – Chattanoogan.com

September 2012 – Still Dancing at 77 – MainHealtha story about an A Matter of Balance participant from Chattanooga.

May 2010 – Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department staff were trained as Matter of Balance (MOB) Master Trainers and began facilitating Coach Trainings and Participant Programs in Chattanooga.

The Fall Prevention Chattanooga Partnership seeks to reduce falls among older adults through collaborative initiatives. Members represent professionals in health care, social services, wellness, community planning, senior living, first responders, faith-based organizations, academia and other sectors that serve older adults in Hamilton County, Tennessee. Subscribe to the mailing list, click here.