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.

SAVE THE DATE - 2018 Iowa Falls Prevention Symposium

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging, will host its annual falls prevention symposium on July 20, 2018 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, IA.   


Registration information coming soon....


World Tai Chi and Qigong Day - April 28, 2018

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is celebrated in over 80 nations around the world.  The day begins in Samoa with people coming together at 10:00 am their time to practice Tai Chi and Qigong.  Then, time zone by time zone, participants across Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America practice Tai Chi and Qigong at 10:00 am their local time.  It ends with the participants in the last time zones of Hawaii almost an entire day later.  This creates a healing wave of energy that circles the globe in that 24 hour period.

This year's Des Moines event is hosted by the South Suburban YMCA, and will bring together local teachers from the Greater Des Moines area to provide demonstrations and free workshops in Tai Chi and Qigong.  (See attached flyer  pdf )

The Central Iowa event will start on April 28 at 9:00 am with a spectacular Lion Dance by Allionce Dance Team, followed by demonstrations of different styles of Tai Chi.  At 10:00, all participants are invited to come together to do Tai Chi and/or Qigong along with all the other practitioners in our time zone.  We will then break into smaller groups with local instructors leading short workshops.  At 11:45 we all come back together for a short closing meditation.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

May 30 - June 1, 2018, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm in Sioux City:  Stepping On Leader Training

Stepping On is an evidence-based fall prevention program that empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls. It is a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. Subjects covered include: improving balance and strength, home and environmental safety, vision, medication review.  The workshops are highly participative; mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors to reduce the risk of falls and to maintain active and fulfilling lives. Workshops are led by certified leaders. The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) brought it to the U.S. WIHA holds the exclusive North American license for the program.

Expenses covered at training:

  • 3-day Stepping On Leader training fee ($1,500 value)
  • Stepping On Leader Course Materials, including a Leader Manual, Stepping On Leader Toolkit, ankle weights and after training access to and explanation of all on-line Leader materials. ($200 value)
  • Lunch and snack
  • Fidelity review of the first Stepping On local workshop by Master Trainer

Participants will be responsible for:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging (if needed)
  • Registration fee of $100 per person.
  • Must participate in all 3 days and lead 2 Stepping On workshops by Dec. 31, 2018.


For more information contact Stacey Clough at sclough@mercydesmoines.org or (515) 643-8632

Applications due by May 10, 2018

Stepping On Leader application and training information packet PDF


Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition is a group comprised of representatives from governmental agencies, private organizations, and interested individuals. They meet the second Thursday morning every odd month from 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 (866) 685-1580 Conference code 0009990482.

2018 Meeting Schedule

  • January 11
  • March 8
  • May 10
  • July 12
  • Sept 13
  • Nov 8




For More Information, Call (515) 281-6047