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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Empowering Communities to Reduce Falls and Falls Risk

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Falls can have a widespread and significant impact on health, can be deadly, and often result in high costs. One out of four older adults fall each year. Fortunately, research has shown that falls and fall risks can be addressed through systematic risk identification and targeted intervention, including a combination of clinical intervention and community-based programs. When implemented as a part of a results-based, comprehensive strategy, community-based programs have a critical role to play in reducing falls and falls risk among older adults and adults with disabilities across the nation. These program have been shown, though rigorous research, to reduce falls and/or falls risk factors, as well as provide a positive return on investment.

The Empowering Communities to Reduce Falls and Falls Risk program has built an infrastructure to increase access to, and the sustainability of, evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs, including falls prevention programs. This funding opportunity has two goals:

  1. Through robust partnerships, develop a result-based, comprehensive strategy for reducing falls and falls risk among older adults and adults with disabilities living in the community
  2. Significantly increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities who participate in evidence-based falls prevention programs, while concurrently pursuing the sustainability of these programs beyond the end of the grant period

Applicants for this funding opportunity must propose to deliver one or more evidence-based falls prevention programs. These programs must be on the list of pre-approved interventions found in the solicitation.

Amount: Approximately $1,776,100 is available to make up to seven awards ranging from $200,000-$300,000 for a 36 month project period.

Eligibility: Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322423

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