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Falls among community-dwelling older adults continue to be a major public health issue. It is essential to develop community capacity to prevent falls and to reduce injury. Evidence-informed fall prevention practices are lacking in many community settings. In 2011, we began a Locally Driven Collaborative Project which used the Knowledge to Action framework to guide our research questions for moving fall prevention evidence into action.
We will share the results of a mixed methods study, designed to develop an understanding of community service providers’ knowledge of, attitudes about, and use of falls prevention practices in older adults. Participants will also learn about the perceived barriers and effective fall prevention strategies identified by a diverse range of senior-serving organizations within three different Ontario health unit regions.
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Presenters: Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid, Lorna Boratto and Cathy Dykeman
Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid holds a Canada Research Chair in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. She has an appointment as a tenured associate professor in the School of Nursing, and is an associate member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster. Dr. Markle-Reid is also the co-scientific director, with Dr. Jenny Ploeg, of the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit.
Dr. Markle-Reid's research involves designing, evaluating, and translating new health interventions to enhance the quality of life of older adults with multiple chronic conditions, and to support their family caregivers.
Lorna Boratto has been a public health nurse in Oxford County since 1987. The focus of her work has included seniors, injury prevention, and physical activity promotion. Lorna loves to ride her bicycle and cross-country ski.
Cathy Dykeman is a public health nurse in Halton Region, working with older adults in fall prevention since 2003. She is currently completing the Master of Public Health program at the University of Waterloo.
Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).
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