Monday, September 15, 2014

Swedish Medical Center is a Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence

The Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP) Programs of Excellence highlights sustainable and evidence-based programs that are being implemented around the state.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing Swedish Medical Center as a VIP Program of Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the Stepping On program, addressing older adult fall prevention as a system-wide initiative.

Stepping On is a program that empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls through a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In a small-group setting, older adults learn balance exercises and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls.  Two staff members, Phyllis Uribe and Tracey Holmberg, are Master trainers and have trained all of the injury prevention coordinators at the HealthONE facilities and also collaborated to expand the program into the Centura system. Between the two hospital systems, over half of the State of Colorado has access to this evidence-based fall prevention program.

The preliminary data, combining Stepping On classes taught by HealthONE facilities, as well as other licensed organizations in Colorado, showed that the older adults improved significantly in their reported health status, satisfaction with physical activity levels, confidence in not falling, improvements in walking one block and getting out of a chair.The participants also improved in the physical assessment test (Timed Up and Go) with 80 percent showing a significant improvement. Course evaluations reflect an increased level of confidence among participants.

For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to the VIP Winnable Battles webpage.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Thank you and congratulations to Swedish Medical Center!

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