The Texas Falls Prevention Coalition was established in 2007 to “promote, implement and evaluate evidence-based programs and policies that help reduce risk factors of falls and injuries in older adults; provide education and resources to increase public awareness, mobilize communities and effect policy change for a falls free Texas.”
Coalition efforts were coordinated by the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging from 2007-2013, but were transferred to the Texas A&M Health Science Center Program on Healthy Aging earlier this year. Under the new leadership of Dr. Marcia Ory, the coalition has formed a new steering committee engaging several stakeholders including state aging and health agencies, health care partners and providers, and academia.
As the new seat for the coalition, the Program on Healthy Aging hopes to reinvigorate the coalition’s focus beyond A Matter of Balance and become a state-wide resource for healthy aging and falls prevention. A new website for the coalition has already been launched and houses several resources for seniors including access to training opportunities, fact sheets and other helpful websites.