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.

Upcoming Training & Educational Opportunities

CDC Report: Fall-related TBI deaths increase in the United States

A new study in CDC's Mobidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) "Deaths from fall-related traumatic brain injury - United States, 2088-2017" found that in most states the rate of fall-related TBI deaths has increased significantly and the country as a whole saw a 17% increase in fall-related TBI deaths.

Impact of Falls in Iowa

The following policy brief highlights the impact of falls in Iowa and strategies to reduce fall risk in our state.  The County Death and Hospitalizations data report provides county level data and associated cost of falls per hospitalization.

Since 2014, nearly 3,400 older adults and adults with disabilities have participated in Falls Prevention programs.  This translates to over $1.6 Million saved through falls prevention programs for older Iowans! To learn more about the impact evidence-based falls prevention programs have made in Iowa, please download the following fact sheet

15 Minute Sample Workout for Older Adults

Go 4 Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH has posted a sample 15 minute workout featuring a warm up, strength, balance, and flexibility exercises, and a cool down.  Visit https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/sample_workout/15-minute-sample-workout-older-adults/

Equipment needed: A stable chair, a towel, light hand weights and a tennis ball. 

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 currently being held virtually.  For more information, or to be added to the meeting notification list, please contact Trina Raske-Suchan at tsuchan@chpcommunity.org

2021 Meeting Schedule

  • January 14
  • March 11
  • May 13

Interested  in being a member of the Coalition?

Individuals and organizations interested in being an active member of the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition are invited to submit to submit a letter of commitment (see pdf below) to Marilyn Jones by emailing marilyn.jones@idph.iowa.gov or mailing the form to Iowa Dept. of Public Health, attn: Marilyn Jones, 321 E 12th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.

Coalition Partner Commitment Letter PDF


For More Information, Call (515) 281-8465