Concord, NH – New Hampshire’s Injury Prevention Program under the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received a national achievement award. The Prevention Program Achievement Award recognizes a state injury prevention program that has implemented an innovative approach in the field. The award was presented at the Safe States Alliance Conference to Program Manager Rhonda Siegel.
“New Hampshire has received this national recognition because of the strong leadership of the New Hampshire Falls Risk Reduction Task Force,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “The Task Force is a statewide group of professionals in different disciplines that are all dedicated to reducing the risk and incidence of falls in older adults.”
Among older adults, falls consistently rank as the number one cause of injury related deaths, injury related hospitalizations and injury related emergency department visits for NH residents 65 years and older. Senior citizens can help decrease their risk of falling. The Falls Risk Reduction Task Force has a campaign entitled, “You CAN Reduce Your Risk of Falling.”
The campaign teaches older adults several steps to protect their independence while reducing their risk of falling. To learn more about the work the campaign and the Task Force contact 271-4700.