Fall Prevention

In the United States1, falls among those ages 65+ years is the leading cause of non-fatal injuries. In the past year, over 58,000 Georgians over the age of 65 visited the ER for a fall related injury. Also, over the past five years, more than 2,000 people ages 65+ years have died as a result of falls related injuries2. A fall for someone in this age group can have major consequences such as, a loss of independence, serious fractures, or unfortunately loss of life3.

In 2018, alone, over 40,000 children ages 0-14 visited the ER for a falls related injury in Georgia. Falls among children, typically occur during normal activities in the home, at playgrounds, or while playing recreational sports4.

Two populations are most vulnerable for injuries related to falling, older adults and children. In Georgia, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries for children and older adults2.

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Fall Prevention Task Force

The IPRCE Fall Prevention Task Force strives to reduce the burden of fall related injuries by promoting the issue, engaging partners and leaders, and identifying solutions, including policy change and effective interventions.

Task Force Interest Form

Task Force Impact

Members of the IPRCE Fall Prevention Task Force worked together to create the Falls Prevention Day Toolkit. A resource guide with strategies and tips to coordinate a falls prevention event for older adults.

Fall Prevention Awareness Day 2019 (PDF)

Elizabeth Head, MPH - Deputy Director, Department of Injury Prevention

Sharon Nieb, PhD, MSW - IPRCE Program Director 

Maneesha AgarwalAssistant ProfessorEmory School of Medicine
Rana BayaklyChief EpidemiologistGeorgia Department of Public Health
Allison BernalLivable Communities Manager, Division of Aging ServicesGeorgia Department of Human Services
Sofia ChaudharyAssistant ProfessorEmory School of Medicine
Allison ChristouTrauma CoordinatorWellstar
Julie GilchristCaptainUS Public Health Service
Katrina Annette GipsonEmergency Medicine DoctorGrady
Kay GrahamAssistant ProfessorBrenau University
Madeleine HackneyAssistant ProfessorEmory School of Medicine
Emma HarringtonDirector of Injury PreventionShepherd Center
Mahwish JavedProgram CoordinatorSafe Kids Georgia
Gwenyth JohnsonLivable Communities Section Manager, Division of Aging ServicesGeorgia Department of Human Services
Khurram KhanAssistant Professor, Emory School of MedicineEmory Healthcare
Elizabeth MaysProgram CoordinatorGrady
Susanne PickeringConsultantHealthy Picks
Stephen PittsAssociate Professor, Department of Emergency MedicineGeorgia Department of Public Health
Matthew SmithAssociate ProfessorTexas A&M Health Science Center
Megan StadniskyAging Services CoordinatorDivision of Aging Services
Leslie TaylorAssociate DeanMercer University
Steven WolfProfessorEmory School of Medicine


  1. 10 Leading Causes of Nonfatal Unintentional Emergency Department Visits, United States, 2018, All Races, Both Sexes, Disposition: Hospitalized. WISQARS
  2. Smith ML, Chaudhary S, Nieb S, Bayakly R, Graham K, and Head E (2016) Commentary: Building the Older Adult Fall Prevention Movement – Steps and Lessons Learned. Front. Publich Health 4:277. Doi: 103389/fpubh.2016.00277
  3. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Preventing Falls: A Guide to Implementing Effective Community-based Fall Prevention Programs. 2nd ed. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015.
  4. Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable