Areas of Focus

Older Adult Falls

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has an increasing level of research focus and expertise in older adult falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults aged 65 or older. From funded exploratory studies to educational events, we are working to find ways to prevent older adult falls. Below you’ll find links to more information about our work in this area, as well as a listing of members doing work or interested in this area. We invite you to explore and join us as we move forward to advance research and prevention.

CDC Compendium of Effective Fall Interventions: What Works for Community-Dwelling Older Adults

This compendium of interventions is designed for public health practitioners and community-based organizations, to help them address the problem of falls among older adults. It describes 22 scientifically tested and proven interventions, and provides relevant details about these interventions for organizations who want to implement fall prevention programs.

STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Tool Kit for Health Care Providers

CDC’s Injury Center created the STEADI Tool Kit for health care providers who see older adults in their practice who are at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past. The STEADI Tool Kit gives health care providers the information and tools they need to assess and address their older patients’ fall risk.

Falls Prevention News & Events


SAVE the DATE: Safety 2022 – 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion: Postponed to November 27-30, 2022

Injury prevention and safety promotion is a maturing area. It involves many disciplines and interest…


Save the Date: SAVIR Annual Conference

Mark your calendar for March 30-April 1 2022 – the SAVIR Conference will take place…


2nd Annual Virtual Injury Prevention Center Research Symposium: Using Technology to Advance Injury Prevention Surveillance, Interventions, and Training

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center has organized a unique event for researchers, post-doctoral…



U-M Injury Prevention Center Newsletter July 2021

This month’s highlights include our fall 2021 Virtual Research Symposium; the U-M IPC Exploratory Project…


Explore the Updated IPC Injury Course with New Content on Firearm Safety, ACES, Drowning Prevention, and Health Inequities

Explore the Updated IPC Injury Course with New Content on Firearm Safety, ACES, Drowning Prevention, and…


New Visual Abstract & Publication Brief: Creating a “Choose Your Topic” Massive Open Online Course: an Innovative Approach to Delivering Injury Prevention Education

New Visual Abstract & Publication Brief: Creating a “Choose Your Topic” Massive Open Online Course:…


Falls Prevention Information & Tools

Prevention Resources

Summary of an Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program–Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® 

This document highlights an evidence-based falls prevention program (Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance®) designed for community-dwelling older adults and individuals with physical limitations.

A Summary of Older Adult Falls Prevention Information and Resources

This handout provides statistics on falls among older adults, a member profile on Dr. James A. Ashton-Miller, and state and national older adult fall prevention resources.

Legislative Issues & Policy Briefs

 Cost of Fatal Injuries in Michigan

This document describes the cost of fatal injuries in Michigan and the implications for public health practice.


Funded Research Projects Focused on Falls Prevention

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has funded current and past injury research projects focusing on the prevention of older adult falls. Peruse the projects listed below.

Core Faculty and Practitioners with Expertise in Falls Prevention




Please click on a faculty/practitioner’s name to access their full profile with research interests and funded projects.

Neil Alexander, MD, MS
Older Adult Falls Content Lead
Marita Titler

Rhetaugh Graves Dumas Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan

Ashton Miller
James A. Ashton-Miller

Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor, Office of Research, University of Michigan

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Kelli Jankens

Trauma Injury Prevention Manager, Trauma Services, MidMichigan Medical Center, Midland, MI

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Neil Alexander

Older Adult Falls Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

Members with Interest/Expertise in Falls Prevention

  • Abdellahi El Moustapha
  • Abdul-Fatawu Shaibu
    Guidance and counseling
  • Alexandra Yolanda Bravo Schroth, BS
    University of Piura
  • Allyson Berthiaume
  • Amanda Wyman
    Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Anna Reeve, MSW
    Metro Health Hospital
  • Bridget Fox
    St John of God Kerry Services
  • Britt Michel
    Michigan Medicine
  • Carla Knighton, AA
  • Chastity Flint, BSN, RN
    Driscoll Health Plan
  • Christian Lumaj
    University of Michigan
  • Daniel Griffith, MBA
    Virginia University of Lynchburg
  • David Baca, PhD
    Intercultural Conflict Resolutions, LLC
  • Diamond Buchanan
    Diamond Buchanan
  • Dipa Gurung Rai
    John Maxwell
  • Dominique Leibbrandt, PhD
    Stellenbosch University
  • Douglas Martini
    Oregon Health and Science University
  • Dr. Alex Joseph
    SRM School of Public Health, SRM Institute of Science and Technolog,y Kattankulathur, India
  • Dwana Bass BSN RN
    Henry Ford Hospital
  • Elizabeth Lowery, MPH
    Virginia Department of Health
  • Erin Guy
    University of Michigan
  • Garry Garcia, PT
    Rivergate Terrace Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility
  • Hersendeep Chhokar, MA
    Royal Roads University
  • Hoang-Khang Tran, MD
    Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in HCMC, Vietnam
  • Hope Winograd, DVM
  • Ina Robinson, MPH
    Safe States Alliance
  • James Borelli, MS, PhD
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • James K. Richardson, M.D.
    Michigan Medicine
  • Janet Werst
  • Jenna Heraghty, BSN
    Metro Health University of Michigan Health