The mission of the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance (NVFPA) is to maximize independence and improve quality of life of older adults by reducing falls and fall-related injuries. Alliance members work collaboratively to assure availability of, access to, and utilization of a coordinated and comprehensive system of community-based falls prevention programs and practices in the region.
In August 2016, Marymount University, in partnership with Goodwin House, was awarded a two-year grant from the Administration for Community Living to increase the availability and accessibility of evidence-based falls prevention programs in Northern Virginia.
In July 2018, Marymount University was awarded funding to implement the Academic Community Partnership for Falls Prevention Network Hub. This is a US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Older Amercians’ Act Falls Prevention Grant. This will allow us to continue to expand the work of the Regional Training Office and the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance (NVFPA) for the next three years.
The NVFPA is an alliance of public and private agencies and organizations dedicated to promoting programs and strategies that decrease falls and falls-related injuries in older adults and at-risk individuals across the region.
Dr. Rita Wong, is the director of the NVFPA.
1. COMMUNITY EDUCATION: To improve the fall prevention knowledge and behaviors of older adults and caregivers through community education and awareness efforts.
2. CAPACITY: To establish and sustain a sufficient number and variety of falls prevention programs to meet the needs of the Northern Virginia community.
3. INFRASTRUCTURE: To create a sustainable system which identifies needs, existing resources, and gaps in falls prevention programming and activities.
4. POLICY: To provide information to organizational and local and state leaders resulting in legislation, regulations, and policies that address falls prevention interventions.
5. EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: To create easy and accessible tools for healthcare providers, older adults, and caregivers to utilize in order to reduce the risk of falls.
6. DATA: To capture quality falls-related data in order to monitor trends and assess change.
The NVFPA meets regularly to develop strategic initiatives to reduce falls risk and increase community involvement in falls prevention initiatives. Click here to learn more.
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