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According to the National Council on Aging, 1 in 3 Americans ages 65 and older fall every year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly—in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.
The Georgia Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Shepherd Center, Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG), and Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, is pleased to present this free event for older adults and their families. There will be program demonstrations as well as free health screenings and flu shots. Lunch will be provided and parking is free.
Injury Prevention Program
We prevent injuries by empowering state and local coalitions through the provision of data, training, and leadership, and the leveraging of resources for prevention programs.
The Injury Prevention Program is housed within the Georgia Department of Public Health/Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response, along with the EMS and Trauma programs. The main functions of the Injury Program include:
- the provision of technical assistance in program evaluation and coalition building to local community groups
- the provision of injury data to community groups and the public at large
- the distribution of safety equipment such as child safety seats, bike helmets, smoke detectors and the dissemination of knowledge on proper use of safety equipment, and
- the provision of general support to local coalition in helping promote safe and injury free life styles and behaviors.
These injury prevention activities are primarily grant-driven with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state's Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration being the major funders.
- April 2016: Georgia Injury Prevention Strategic Plan: 2016-2018
- February 2011: Georgia Fall Prevention Coalition Strategic Plan: 2010-2012
Injury Prevention Partners
The Injury Prevention Program works closely with its partners to fulfill its mission of reducing injuries to Georgia’s citizens. These partners provide valuable input to the direction and work of the IPS through the Georgia Injury Prevention Planning Group.
- Georgia Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission
- Governor's Office for Children and Families
- Georgia Commission on Family Violence
- Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
- Georgia Department of Education
- Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation
- Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office
- Georgia Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers
- Georgia Office of the Child Advocate, Child Fatality Review
- Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
- Georgia Poison Center
- Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
- SAFE KIDS of Georgia
Georgia Department of Public Health
- Division of Aging Services
- Division of Family and Children Services
- Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
- Division of Public Health
- Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
- Emory Center for Injury Control
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Georgia Health Policy Center
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury and Violence Prevention and Control
- Children’s Safety Network
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- National Safety Council
- Safe States
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Page last updated 09/01/16