About the San Mateo Fall Prevention Task Force
In San Mateo County, falls account for 80% of accidental injury deaths in individuals over the age of 85, and 20% in ages 75 to 84. The San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Forcewas developed in March 2003 and brings together a coalition of more than 25 different community provider agencies, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, senior centers and private service providers, all serving older adults in San Mateo County.
The mission of the San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force is to decrease falls among older adults through advocacy, resource development and community education.
The five goals that guide all activities undertaken by the San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force are:
- Develop and sustain educational programs, resources and tools focusing on home modification, exercise, medication management and other contributors of falls.
- Connect and provide the community with fall prevention resources to meet the needs of a variety of individuals and settings.
- Serve as a clearinghouse and network for fall research information and advocacy efforts, and as a connection to state-wide fall prevention initiatives.
- Advocate on behalf of older adults in the county for funding of fall prevention programs and resources.
- Strive to achieve cultural competency and equal access in all task force activities.
The San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force Membership is comprised of individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses (non-profit and proprietary). Meetings are open to all interested parties, and membership includes the following criteria and expectations:
- Participation in Task Force meetings and activities
- Participation in one sub-committee
- Commitment to representing the Task Force first and foremost when participating in Task Force community activities.
- Membership status is designated after attendance at two task force meetings
The benefits of becoming a member of the Task Force are numerous including, participation and recognition as a member of a successful team responding to community needs, access to Task Force resources and materials, networking opportunities, access to expertise and best practices of fall prevention, and connection to local, state and federal initiatives. If you are interested in becoming a member, or learning more about the Task Force, contact us directly by email.