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Community Health Foundation of Western & Central NY Awards $300,000 in Grants to Reduce Falls

The Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York announced today that it is investing an additional $300,000 to expand the work of its Fall Prevention Collaborative. The new funding will be used to support the development of new community coalitions and initiatives throughout Western and Central New York.  Since 2007, the Foundation has invested more than $600,000 in grants and related projects to reduce or eliminate the risks associated with falls.  According to the New York State Department of Health, falls account for approximately $1.7 billion in annual hospitalization costs.

“Our investment is having an impact in preventing falls among older adults and our grantees have been successful at developing and implementing measures that have reduced risks associated with falls while improving the quality of life in our community,” said Ann F. Monroe President and CEO of the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. “Now it is time to expand this initiative to other communities, while continuing the work already begun in Erie County. Our aim is to reduce the risks associated with falls, and thereby reduce the devastating human and financial costs from falls.”

According to the New York State Department of Health, falls are not accidents. They are not random, uncontrollable acts of fate, but occur in predictable patterns, with recognizable risk factors and among identifiable populations. A fall is a predictable and preventable event.

Monroe said the success of the first Falls Collaborative combined with the recent accomplishments of Step Up to Stop Falls in Erie County which heightened awareness and facts about falls, makes this an opportune time for the Foundation to expand its work beyond Erie County.  

The Foundation will provide grants of $25,000 to the following Erie County organizations to expand the falls prevention work already in progress:

  • Learning Partners
  • Catholic Health - Partners in Rehab
  • Brothers of Mercy
  • UB Foundation Services, Inc.
  • Independent Health
  • Geriatric Center of Western New York

 In addition, various “lead” agencies outside of Erie County will receive grants of $10,000 to begin developing a multi-dimensional falls prevention plan to address the specific needs of their regions. These agencies will work with community-based organizations, all of whom will share in the development of the falls prevention plans. Upon successful completion of a plan for their community, each coalition will then be eligible to share an additional $100,000 in grants to support implementation of their respective plans. The lead agencies are:

  • Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network Inc., Allegany
  • Health Community Alliance Inc., Cattaraugus
  • Chautauqua County Office for Aging, Chautauqua
  • Genesee County Office of the Aging, Genesee
  • Kaleida Health, Niagara
  • Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth, Onondaga
  • Tompkins County Human Services Coalition, Tompkins

The Foundation remains committed to the goals established in the 2007 WNY Falls Prevention Plan, including a focus on prevention and maintaining independence in the community through behavior change and support for professional and caregiver practice change.  To learn more about Falls Prevention, please visit our website:  www.chfwcny.org click on Falls Prevention.


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