This course will use models of population health to provide an overview on falls prevention interventions throughout healthcare systems and community programs. Participants will learn population versus individual healthcare approaches and the benefits to the patients across hospital and community care settings. We will introduce strategies employed by physical therapists working in collaborative teams across these settings that reduce fall risk and promote the overall health of the geriatric population. This course also looks at the similarities and differences between environments, as well as the multi-level barriers limiting interventions. Finally, participants will learn strategies to collaborate across settings and describe the benefits to the community by exploring current joint initiatives in Wisconsin communities and the benefits to health systems.
About The Speaker(s)
Cristina O’Brien, PT, DPT, MPH, is a physical therapist with ten years of clinical experience, specializing in neurology and certified in aquatic therapy. She recently achieved her Master’s in Public Health, with field work emphasizing community evaluation and program planning for older adults. As a part of her collaborative work with local health departments and non-profit organizations, Cristina created a community-based older adult educational program implementation readiness Toolkit. Cristina has worked in a variety of settings as a therapist, educator, and public health professional. Her current role is primarily in acute care at Advocated Aurora Health hospitals in Milwaukee.
Suzie Ryer, PT, MPT, GCS, is a physical therapist who is board certified in Geriatrics with over fifteen years of clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings. Her role at Advocated Aurora Health is to develop an interdisciplinary approach to geriatric care with emphasis on fall prevention and expanding and improving quality of Geriatric ED throughout the health system. Suzie has created interdisciplinary fall prevention and mobility programs for the health system to improve clinical outcomes and combat hospital-associated disability and readmission. Suzie is the co-chair of the Milwaukee County Falls Prevention Coalition and has created partnerships with a variety of community-based organizations.