Foundation wins $220,000 grant to prevent falls in NH 09.26.2014

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September 26, 2014                                                        

                                                                                            

Foundation for Healthy Communities receives two-year, $220,000 grant to prevent falls in New Hampshire

CONCORD – Every 15 seconds, an adult age 65 and older is treated in a New Hampshire hospital emergency room for a fall-related injury.

That startling statistic was the basis for a grant application prepared by the Concord-based Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC), which just received a two-year, $220,000 falls prevention grant from the Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

The grant will be administered by the New Hampshire Community Falls Prevention Program under the auspices of the Foundation.

"This particular funding was highly competitive,” said Rhonda Siegel, an administrator with the State’s Division of Public Health Services. “To be selected by the Administration on Aging is quite an achievement and the New Hampshire Falls Risk Reduction Task Force looks forward to working with the Foundation to make this happen."

New Hampshire’s emergency room rate of 4,622 falls per 100,000 people mirrors the national average, and falls – which generate the largest number of 911 calls in the state – are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for New Hampshire older adults.

As part of its strategy to prevent falls, the FHC will target two rural northern counties where emergency room visits and hospitalizations for falls among older adults are high, yet no prevention programs exist. It will also work in Hillsborough County, where only two sites offer a program

“We will promote the use of two programs, Matter of Balance (MOB) and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB),” said Foundation Executive Director Shawn LaFrance. “Eventually, we expect to train as many as 30 program instructors and establish nine new program sites that can serve several hundred older adults in our state.”

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The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation’s partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other organizations.

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