Linking Future Health Care Professionals to Fall Prevention Resources
Many community organizations familiar with a Matter of Balance (AMOB), a fall prevention evidence-based program (EBP), have seen firsthand the impact this program can have on
participants. Those of us championing programs like AMOB are inspired by our personal connections to the programs. In an effort to expand AMOB into more traditional health care sectors, two universities in Texas are working in conjunction with community organizations and Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to connect future health care professionals with AMOB.
Community organizations are informing medical students about EBPs offered in the community, including AMOB as a part of the HRSA Workforce Enhancement Healthy
Aging and Independent Livng (WE HAIL) initiative being led by UNT Health Science Center. Many of the EBPs being highlighted are funded by United Way and its AAA. On Monday, April 11th a presentation was conducted by Tina Dawson, AMOB Coach and Debbie Duke, AMOB Master Trainer, who are both employed by Senior Citizen Services. They provided an overview of AMOB, information on the program’s history, and its features and benefits. Then, they led the medical students in AMOB exercises (as pictured). Based on feedback and comments, exercises were a favorite part of the presentation
For more than three years, the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health Program on Healthy Aging and the College of Nursing, in conjunction with the Brazos Valley Area Agency on Aging, have been working together to train nursing students to conduct AMOB workshops. Nursing students are trained through the Program on Healthy Aging (see video here!) and provided with opportunities to facilitate workshops, which fulfills necessary course requirements in aging for their degree plan. Students report that they enjoy the time spent with older adults and see the concepts and tools of AMOB as valuable assets to carry into their future professions.
This innovative approach to introducing health care students to community-based EBPs early in their career provides a foundation for future work between community organizations and health care providers. Ultimately, this will benefit older adults in the community by providing them with greater access to comprehensive healthcare and resources.
To learn more about these programs or how your university/college, community organizations and Area Agencies on Aging can work together contact:
Christina Bartha, M.S.
Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County
P 817-413-4949 ext. 226
Evidence-Based Program Trainer
Texas A&M Program on Healthy Aging