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0085 “Living longer better” – creating a culture of safety for healthy ageing through astho’s 2015 president’s challenge
  1. Lynn Chaiken1,
  2. Jewel Mullen2
  1. 1Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA, USA
  2. 2Connecticut Department of Health, Hartford, CT, USA


Statement of purpose Creating a culture of safety must include collaborating across sectors to promote the health of older adults, the focal point of ASTHO’s 2015 President’s Challenge. This year’s challenge is “Healthy Ageing-Living Longer Better” and preventing injury is an essential component. As injury directors know, it takes the support and engagement of state health officials, their public health teams, state and local experts in ageing and a broad network of partners, to implement evidence-based strategies for increasing the number of older adults who are living well in our communities.

Methods/Approach Panel presentations will: 1) provide an overview of the 2015 ASTHO President’s Challenge, 2) highlight examples of evidence-based approaches from states pledging to address injury prevention, which span promoting elder mobility to preventing falls, elder maltreatment or prescription drug misuse/abuse and 3) engage participants in strategies to help their states pledge to promote the 2015 Challenge.

Results Increased awareness of how to promote healthy ageing using evidence-based injury prevention approaches and the National Prevention Strategy framework. Additionally, session attendees will understand strategies and best practices for successfully partnering across state agencies and sectors to support ASTHO’s President’s Challenge and improve injury prevention efforts for older adults.

Conclusions Session participants will be able to use the discussions and resource sharing around evidence-based practices and strategies to work across sectors to enhance injury prevention efforts among older adults in their communities.

Significance and contribution to the field People over 65 years of age represented 13.3% of the population in the year 2011, but are expected to grow to be 21% of the population by 2040. By 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries is expected to reach $54.9 billion. It is imperative that all sectors of society collaborate to ensure positive health for this growing population.

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