Texas Falls Prevention Coalition (TFPC)
Vision & Mission
The vision of the Texas Falls Prevention Coalition is Texans working together for a falls free tomorrow.
The mission of TFPC is to reduce falls and fall-related injuries and costs in older Texans through public education, clinical intervention, community partnerships, and public policy.
The Texas Falls Prevention Coalition (TFPC) was established in 2007 and originally coordinated by the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging (T4A) with support from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and Humana.
In May 2014, TFPC began a resurgence when responsibilities and leadership were transferred to the Texas A&M Health Science Center Program on Healthy Aging.
The TFPC consists of over 180 individuals across the state and is led by a steering committee of 12 professionals representing various sectors. Currently, administrative responsibilities and leadership are provided by the Center for Population Health and Aging at Texas A&M University.
Currently, the TFPC reaches dozens of agencies across Texas. The monthly newsletter reaches 180 people, many of whom serve on the coalition’s subcommittees of funding, programing, building networks, and provider participation.
The TFPC Steering Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Marcia Ory, consists of 12 individuals from varying organizations, including:
- Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission
- Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging (T4A)
- Baylor Scott & White
- Texas Physical Therapist Association
- Texas Silver Haired Legislature
Goals & Accomplishments
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national leader in service and advocacy for older adults and the organizations that serve them. The NCOA designed a State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention, from which TFPC has adopted the following aims:
- Increase awareness of falls and prevention strategies
- Increase provider participation in fall prevention practices
- Increase funding opportunities and investments for fall prevention
- Enhance data surveillance collection, analysis, and system linkages
- Increase availability and accessibility of community programs and services
In September 2016, the TFPC hosted its first annual statewide conference. Over 50 attendees learned about identifying fall risk factors, keys to successful program implementation, and building partnerships for fall prevention in rural areas.