Get Ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2023
Join us for the 2023 observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 18-22 with the theme From Awareness to Action. Hear from Dr. Hiroko Kiyoshi-Teo on how to incorporate Motivational Interviewing when engaging with older adults in falls prevention. A walkthrough of the Falls Prevention Awareness Week toolkit will be provided to highlight new resources and share ideas of how community-based organizations can participate in this annual observance. Additionally, a review of NCOA’s digital falls risk assessment, Falls Free CheckUp, will be provided.
Senior Program Associate
National Council on Aging
Michelle Mai, MPH is the Senior Program Associate with the Center for Healthy Aging. She brings experience conducting outreach increasing public health education within the community. In this role with NCOA, she provides technical assistance to chronic disease self-management education and falls prevention grantees, striving to help them reach their grant goals as they implement evidence based programs into their community. Michelle received her Master’s degree in Public Health and Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from George Mason University.
Aging Services Program Specialist
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 serves as the lead for the Falls Prevention grant program and as the Program Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority’s grant. Before joining the team at ACL, Donna 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. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Northern Kentucky University.
Hiroko (Hiro) Kiyoshi-Teo, Ph.D., R.N.
School of Nursing at Oregon Health and Science University
Hiroko (Hiro) Kiyoshi-Teo, Ph.D., R.N. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She completed her Ph.D. training at University of California San Francisco. Dr. Kiyoshi-Teo's program of research is to explore strategies to overcome barriers and promote facilitators to support health and quality of life for older adults. Her work spans from prevention of device-related infections to fall prevention. She has 60+ publications and presentations, and received 6 regional, national, and international research and scholarship funding. Her current work focuses on behavior change for fall prevention with older adults using Motivational Interviewing.