Falls Prevention for Iowa


Falls are a significant concern for Iowans, especially with Iowa’s aging population. For all age groups, falls are the second leading cause of injury deaths in Iowa, and the leading cause of injury hospitalizations and emergency visits in Iowa.

For those over the age of 65, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths with the highest rate in those over the age of 84. The causes of falling vary with contributing factors including: reduced strength in lower extremities, use of four or more medications, poor vision, chronic health problems and unsafe home conditions.

An environmental scan of groups of individuals and agencies was conducted in March 2011 to determine interest in a falls prevention coalition.

Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition is a group made up of representatives from governmental agencies and private organizations. They meeting the second Thursday morning every other month (odd months) at 8:30am - 10:30am. Meetings are held at the Polk County Health Department (room C14). A phone line is provided as a courtesy for those who aren't able to attend in person 1-800-685-1580 code 5152817359.

2017 Meeting Schedule

  • March 9
  • May 11
  • July 13 
  • Sept 14
  • Nov 9

Falls Prevention Education Opportunities

Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor Training  AND Re-certification Training 

Research indicates that participation in weekly, community-based tai chi classes can reduce falls in community-dwelling older aduls and suggests that Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) is an effective and sustainable public health intervention for falls prevention.  The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition and the Iowa Departments of Aging and Health are working together to increase the number of evidence-based falls prevention tai chi classes offered across Iowa. To do so, more certified TCA instructors are needed to provide classes throughout the state.  Please consider joining us in the effort to decrease falls in Iowa and improve the overall health of our state by becoming a certified TCA instructor.

   A TCA Re-certification workshops will be held on March 27, 2017 in Clive, IA and  another on April 9 in Fort Dodge, IA 

   For individuals interested in becoming newly certified as a Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor, a workshop will be held on April 8-9, 2017 in Fort Dodge, IA 

For more information, including cost, location details, and how to register, download the following brochure for the event date you are interested in or call 515-309-3315 to speak with Autumn at training resources.

2nd Annual Falls Prevention Symposium

Friday, July 8th at the Des Moines Area Community College - Ankeny Campus, the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition held its second annual symposium "Sharing the Vision, Expanding Our Reach". 

Symposium Presentations and Handouts are available to download. 


"Brain Injury & Falls."  https://vimeo.com/142398681

"Taking Steps to Address the Impact of Falls in Iowa."  (a four-part series of webinars) http://iowapha.org/fallsprevention

Falls are not a natural consequence of aging

Fall prevention interventions can make a difference in the health and quality of life for older adults.

This Website

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging are collaborating to provide this website as a starting point for health care professionals and members of the public who are seeking information about preventing falls in Iowa. 

For More Information, Call (515) 281-6047