Administration on Aging Awards $400,000 Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Grant to Health Foundation of South Florida

For Immediate Release
Contact: Shari Gantman, Health Foundation of South Florida
Email: Phone: 305.374.9199

Funds to help develop a statewide falls prevention system in partnership with Florida’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers

MIAMI, FL., October 27, 2014— Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) recently received a two-year $400,000 grant from the Administration on Aging, a program division within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), to advance the implementation of evidence-based falls prevention programs and strategies in Florida. The grant, one of only ten awarded nationally to public and private nonprofit organizations, opens the door for older adults and adults with disabilities at risk for falls, to participate in community programs to reduce falls.

According to Health Foundation of South Florida President & CEO Steven Marcus, Ed.D., “In two years, with ACL funding and continued support from Health Foundation, a statewide infrastructure will be in place to enable aging services providers and other community-based organizations to offer Floridians evidence-based falls prevention programs and receive reimbursement from Managed Care Organizations and ACOs.” He added, “This will be administrated by Florida Health Networks, a new management services organization (MSO) created to support the aging provider network.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 years of age and older. One out of three adults in that age group falls each year but less than half talk to their health care provider about it. Through the grant, health care providers may soon begin the conversation about falls.

Florida Health Networks will be marketing a menu of falls prevention programs to health plans and providing a health information technology platform, billing services, clinical staff as well as health analytics for quality assurance and quality improvement. Health care providers within the plans will be able to guide their patients to falls prevention programs to help prevent and reduce the risk of falling.

For more information on the grant or Florida Health Networks, please contact:

Martha Pelaez, Ph.D.
VP for Network Development and Provider Relations
Florida Health Networks