It Takes a Village, a Multidisciplinary, Multilevel Evaluation

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project brief

The Falls Evaluation and Technical Assistance (FETA) team, a joint effort between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Georgia, and Texas A&M, is proposing, “It Takes a Village: A multidisciplinary, multilevel evaluation of the State Driven Fall Prevention project (SDFP).”  The project addresses the urgent need to create systems that support the widespread dissemination, implementation, and adoption of evidence-based fall prevention programs in clinical and community settings.  Village is a continuation of an evaluation project currently funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Topic area(s): Aging

PURPOSE

The ultimate objective of this initiative is to improve the health and functioning of the growing population of older Americans at-risk for falling.  

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

One in three adults over 65 falls annually, costing the U.S. healthcare system over $30 billion dollars.  Although multiple risk factors for falling and socio-ecological intervention approaches to addressing the issue have been well-documented, the tools required to disseminate interventions at the clinical and community levels are still in their early stages.  Village’s innovation is its unique ability to bridge efforts between public health, healthcare and aging services networks.  Village maintains a multi-disciplinary team with the skill set required to evaluate the impact of community programs, clinical interventions and systems changes.  The Village team has access to extensive clinical, community, and research networks, which it will leverage to maximize distribution channels for widespread dissemination and rapid uptake of findings.  During the three year Village evaluation, three aims will be achieved to identify essential elements of effective fall prevention programming at the state and national levels.  Aim one will focus on evaluation of impact of programs as they are scaled statewide, Aim two will focus on providing technical assistance to bring programs to scale, and Aim three will disseminate findings to key stakeholders. Aims one and two will be completed during the first two years of this evaluation project (i.e., last two years of SDFP), and Aim three will be accomplished throughout the project.  The ultimate impact of this initiative is to improve the health and functioning of the growing population of older Americans at-risk for falling. 

FUNDING

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dates of Funding:

KEY CONTACTS

Principle Investigator – Dr. Tiffany Shubert 

E-mail – tshubert@med.unc.edu