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.

The following report includes local falls related death and hospitalization data.  Additional reports are available on the resources page.


Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22, 2017

Join Iowa's largest Tai Chi class!  

Governor Reynolds will proclaim September 22 (the first day of fall) as Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  Participants can join us in a free, mini Tai Chi class (no experience required!)  This event will also be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth/

Where:  Iowa State Capital 1st floor rotunda, Des Moines

Date: Friday, September, 22

Time:  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

For questions, please contact Binnie LeHew at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health by calling (515) 281-5032 or email vivian.lehew@idph.iowa.gov


Planning your own local event?  We have resources!

Whether you are hosting a local proclamation, a tai chi demonstration class, or disseminating falls prevention materials we have a variety of materials ready for you to use on our toolkits and media page.  Examples of material available include:

Material appropriate for use year-round is available on our resources page.


We want to hear from you!

After Falls Prevention Awareness Day, the National Council on Aging will survey states about their activities and publish an overview.  Let us know how you're celebrating Falls Prevention Awareness Day by emailing vivian.lehew@idph.iowa.gov with the activity/event you promoted and the number of individuals you reached.  Any activities held during the month can be included.  


Upcoming Training Opportunity

flyer describing Matter of Balance coaches' training event

Matter of Balance coaches' training flyer 11/2/2017  PDF

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




For More Information, Call (515) 281-6047