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Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program Grant

Grant Description

The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL) awarded a grant to Winston-Salem State University and its partners, in the amount of $147,626.00. Included on the grant are: Dr. Sara Migliarese (PI), Dr. Nancy Smith, Dr. Christina Criminger, and Dr. LaVerne Garner from the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Megan Edwards Collins and Dr. Cynthia Bell from the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Karen Bartoletti from the Northwest YMCA.

Access to evidence-based fall prevention programs is limited or absent in much of the western Piedmont area of North Carolina, and is felt in a greater extent by underserved older adults. For the purposes of this project, targeted underserved older adults include those in rural counties, those who lack access to health education and services due to financial limitations, and those who may have language barriers. The programs that this grant/project intends to grow will address this gap.

Proposed intervention programs include:

  • Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
  • A Matter of Balance
  • Otago Exercise Program

The purpose of the grant/study is to determine the effectiveness of each of the three mentioned evidence-based falls prevention programs in decreasing fall risk and preventing future falls in older adults in the Northwestern Piedmont area.

Grant Team Email:

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Sara Migliarese, PT, PhD
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Winston-Salem State University
(336) 750-8968

For More Information:
Administration for Community Living
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201