Health Promotion and Prevention Projects

Health Promotion and Prevention Projects

In partnership with the Vermont Department of Health and the Association of State and Tribal Health Organizations (ASTHO), the Vermont Public Health Institute is leading a quality improvement learning collaborative that aims to create replicable systems for falls prevention in two Vermont hospital service areas (Newport and Bennington). The project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Building from the Vermont Department of Health’s “FallsScape” program, which empowers at-risk patients to identify and address personalized falls risk factors, the VtPHI and partners are assembling and engaging stakeholders across care-settings to improve patient flow through the referral system. Bringing together primary care, hospital emergency room administration, Blueprint, ambulance and rescue, and in-home care providers, the VtPHI and its partners are facilitating the enhancement of screening and referral of at-risk patients (those 65+). Through convening of in-person and virtual meetings, the VtPHI is helping learning collaborative participants develop iterative PDSA (Plan Do Study Act) cycles as they work toward fulfillment of an ultimate aim of measurable system improvement targets to reduce injuries from falls.

The project has just passed its midway point. The VtPHI is working with the VDH to develop an appropriate evaluation protocol and will draft the report on results so that ASTHO can share outcomes through its national network and with the CDC beginning in July 2016.