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Best Practices for Developing EMS/Fire Partnerships


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Speakers from the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center will discuss their work to develop a community-engaged referral infrastructure for older adult falls prevention in two Iowa communities. 

Speakers will share their approach to organizing a stakeholder advisory board, including fire services personnel, to address falls in the community and provide sample protocols developed for maximizing older adult referral to and participation in evidence-based falls prevention programs.  

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Remembering When(TM) Plus program
  2. Identify the process for developing an infrastructure to actively refer older adults to falls prevention programs in their communities.
  3. Compose workflow plans and referral tools for disparate organizations and communication systems.

Sato Ashida, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Iowa College of Public Health

Dr. Ashida is a member of the University of Iowa Center on Aging and is an Aging Mind and Brain Initiative (AMBI) faculty member. Her training background consists of health behavior theories, gerontology and aging, program development and implementation, social network methodology, and public health genomics. Her previous work includes evaluation of social influence and its impact on motivation to undergo health screening and to improve lifestyle (diet, physical activity), the roles of social support and engagement on health, and social resources that facilitate behaviors.

Carri Casteel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Iowa College of Public Health

Carri Casteel is a Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa and the Director of the NCIPC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa. Her research areas of interest have focused on the development and evaluation of programs for older adult falls, workplace violence and opioid overdose.

Donna Bethge (Moderator)

Aging Services Program Specialist

Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living

Donna Bethge is an Aging Services Program Specialist in the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs at the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Administration on Aging.  She worked in the aging network in Maryland for 10 years with Area Agencies on Aging and an assisted living community, developing and implementing programs for older adults, as well as supporting and promoting evidence-based programs before joining the team at ACL as the lead for the Falls Prevention grant program.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Northern Kentucky University.

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