According to the 2019 Erie County Community Health Assessment, 22% of Erie County adults have fallen in the past year, increasing to 28% of those ages 65 and over. The purpose of the Stand Steady coalition is to establish policy, systems, and environmental changes within Erie County to reduce the number of falls resulting in injury or death experienced by older adults, and increase fall prevention knowledge among all community members, specifically older adults and caregivers, through advocacy, outreach, and education.


Stand Steady will work toward promoting fall prevention practices in order to reduce the number of falls and fall related injuries among older adults.


By September 30, 2023, the Stand Steady coalition of Erie County will establish four policy, system, or environmental changes focused on preventing falls in older adults which will result in a reduction of Emergency Department visits by 3% and fatalities by 25% among those 65 years of age and older. 

  • Facilitate the development of the Stand Steady coalition to advance the strategies and activities related to fall prevention through awareness, education, planning, and discussion of issues surrounding older adult fall prevention.

  • Utilize data to develop and implement an evaluation framework to inform the project progress and program intervention. Utilize standardized, best-practice methods to gather, record, and evaluate the project to maximize outcomes. 

  • Increase the use of fall risk assessments by implementing STEADI fall risk assessments into electronic health records systems and increase use of fall risk assessments by implementing STEADI into a primary care setting. 

  • Improve environments and reduce falls by identifying and implementing innovative home safety assessment and modification program. 

  • Expand access to balance and mobility training by working with regional Area Office on Aging (Toledo) and other partners to create an inventory of balance and mobility trainings within Erie County and will expand access to balance and mobility trainings by identifying gaps in balance and mobility training offerings within the county and facilitate training events. 

  • Improve environments to reduce falls by implementing an evidence-based walking initiative to address fall prevention. 

  • Increase awareness of fall prevention by developing and implementing a social marketing campaign that reflects positive aging and educates that falls are not a normal part of the aging process and will increase awareness of fall prevention by identifying statewide or national social marketing campaigns and utilize for local implementation, promoting positive aging that falls are not a normal part of the aging process. 


For more information on the Stand Steady coalition and older adult fall prevention, contact:

Emily Vassallo

(419) 626-5623 x5189



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