CDPHP Collaborative News: Spotlight on Adult Fall Prevention - JULY 2013

Alaska Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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Watch the 30-second PSA about Fall Risk Assessments for Medicare beneficiaries, featuring our Chief Medical Officer for Alaska, Ward Hurlburt, M.D., MPH

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JULY 2013


Adult Fall Prevention

Every year, one in three Americans ages 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Falls have been shown to cause older adults to limit their activities, which leads to decreased mobility and further increased risk of falling. During 2005–2009, the Alaska Trauma Registry (ATR) identified 3,356 cases of fall-related injury hospitalizations for older Alaskans, which accounted for 79% of all recorded injury hospitalizations in the registry. By 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries is expected to reach $54.9 billion (in 2007 dollars), making fall-related injuries one of the 20 most expensive medical conditions in the country.

As part of the Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion efforts to reduce the risks of falls in Alaska, the Injury Prevention Program provides the free Alaska Workout to Go booklets to clinics, senior centers, health fairs and individuals. Dr. Ward Hurlburt, Alaska's Chief Medical Officer, is featured in the public service announcement that encourages people to have a Medicare-paid fall risk screening with their health care provider.

The Injury Prevention Program recently conducted focus groups with older Alaskans to gain insight into their beliefs and perspectives. This information will help the program design its communication materials.

CDPHP collaborates with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, DHSS’s Division of Senior and Disability Services, the Commission on Aging, and other agencies across the state to plan and implement community outreach efforts. Some of these efforts include supporting evidence-based exercise groups and home safety plans. Other work is focused on clinical changes, such as increasing vision exams, medication reviews and the use of fall risk screenings.

Falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable. Fewer and less serious falls for older Alaskans would reduce medical costs and significantly improve the quality of life for our oldest citizens.

How To Get Involved with

Adult Fall Prevention

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The Alaska Adult Fall Prevention website has  resources and links for anyone interested in learning more about the program. There is also valuable information about Fall-risk Assessment for Medicare Beneficiaries.

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New Section Publications:

Web of Chronic Disease Infographic (2013)


How many Alaskans have arthritis? 2012 BRFSS Data (2013)


Alaska Obesity Facts: Breastfeeding in Alaska (2013)


Keeping the Promise: A Tobacco Free Generation - Annual Report FY 2012 (2013)

Key Section

Strategic Plan: Executive Summary (2012)

Strategic Plan (2012)

Save the Date

16th Annual Mayo Cancer Clinic and Alaska Native Medical Center Cancer Conference

  • July 22 and 23, 2013
  • Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage
  • For more information, contact Karen Morgan at

Childhood Obesity Prevention & Child Health Summit 2013

ANTHC's Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training

  • September 16-20, 2013.
  • For more information, visit ANTHC's website or call 907-729-3646.

The 8th Annual School Health and Wellness Institute

  • Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2013, Registration opens August 1, 2013.
  • Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage
  • For more information, please email Wendy Hamilton or call 907-465-2768.

Alaska Public Health Association - 31st annual Health Summit

  • January 27-29, 2014
  • Captain Cook Hotel
  • Visit ALPHA website for more information

Committee Updates

Health Equity:

The Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has a Disparities Integration Group (DIG) that meets monthly to share information across programs and to discuss promising practices to ultimately reduce chronic disease disparities in Alaska populations. The group is researching the various ways low socioeconomic status is defined to identify potential areas for improved data collection and address any program implications. In future meetings, the group will be working to identify health equity-related training opportunities for program staff.