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Quick Reference Guide

Creating a Successful Fall Prevention Community Coalition

Determine community readiness for a fall prevention coalition/ partnership. o Use the "Readiness Assessment". Identify and recruit fall prevention coalition members. o Identify a core group of organizations that are ready to form a coalition./ partnership. o Identify lead organization (s). Use this core group to get started. o Identify and recruit other organizations from the potential member list. Develop a preliminary strategic plan for the fall prevention program. o Develop a preliminary vision, mission and set of aims. Lead (s)/ core group should take the lead on this preliminary draft.     Convene coalition members. o Plan and hold the first meeting. o Have each coalition member describe who they are, their interest in fall prevention along with their current goals around fall prevention and services/ programs that they offer. o Review and revise draft vision, mission and strategic aims with input from members. o Define the coalition structure, including meeting frequency, location, and structure, membership parameters, decision-making approach, and participation and communication between meetings. Implement the coalition/partnership and strategic plan. o Define and implement strategies and a detailed action plan, including resources o o o needed to implement the plan. Establish clear roles and responsibilities of coalition partners. Define how working together will benefit each coalition partner. Establish an effective communication process for coalition partners. Promote the coalition and its work. o Make community aware of the coalition and fall prevention programs. o Promote broad and active participation within the community. o Use the eight -step guide for conducting a successful campaign for fall prevention. 1 Evaluate coalition and fall prevention programs. o Establish evaluation procedures and activities as you get started. o Refine on an ongoing basis. 1

 o Use established evaluation tools to guide your evaluation process. The following resources contain helpful guides. 1, 4, 5 Sustain coalition and fall prevention programs.  Create a written sustainability plan. Use Appendix K as a template.

1  Incorporate results from your evaluation to make ongoing changes and   improvements. Secure ongoing funding. Celebrate accomplishments and successes. Resources: The following resources were used to develop this checklist, are available for your reference, and download. 1.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Preventing Falls: How to Develop Community- 2.

based Fall Prevention Programs for Older Adults. Atlanta, CA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008. Available at: www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationSafety/Images/CDC.Guide-a.pdf Cohen L, Baer N, Satterwhite, P. Developing effective coalitions: an eight step guide. In: Wurzbach ME, ed. Community Health Education & Promotion: A guide to Program Design and Evaluation. 2 nd ed. Gaithersburg, Md: Aspen Publishers In: 2002: 144-161. Available at: www.preventioninstitute.org/tools/partnership-tools.html 3.

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The Collaboration Primer. Chicago, IL: Health Research & Educational Trust, 2003. Available at: www.hret.org/upload/resources/collaboration.primer-pdf Community Tool Box, Available at: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents 5.

Thompson NJ, McClintock HO. Demonstrating Your Program's Worth: A Primer on Evaluation for Programs To Prevent Unintentional Injury. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 1998. Available at: www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub res/demonstr.htm 2

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