Background: One-third of all adults aged 65 or older fall each year. Nine out of 10 seniors living in northern Manhattan in New York City live in buildings without elevators and with steps to reach the sidewalk. Increasing falls prevention awareness and program options among older adults, senior-service providers, clinicians, and academic researchers is a top priority.
Proposed Solution: The proposed project seeks to develop and evaluate a community-academic model for dissemination of PCORI-funded falls prevention research evidence targeting older adults, senior-service providers, clinicians, and academic researchers. The project builds on decades of partnerships between and among the lead organization and collaborating institutions and it leverages robust resources to establish an infrastructure for targeted distribution of evidence-based research to patient, clinical, and public health audiences in northern Manhattan.
Objectives: To utilize a participatory approach to develop and evaluate a community-academic model for dissemination of PCORI-funded falls prevention research evidence targeting older adults, senior-service providers, clinicians, and researchers.
- Development meetings
- Environmental scan of northern Manhattan to identify key stakeholders that may play a role in dissemination of research evidence
- In-depth interviews with key informants
- Focus groups with a range of key stakeholders
- Design and development of communication tools and messaging to end users
- Development of health-literate dissemination material
- Iterative workshops to test and retest materials
- Evaluate different mechanisms to disseminate research evidence, and the use of the developed communication tools and messaging to multisector end users
- Evaluate the engagement, adoption, reach, and impact of various dissemination strategies
Outcomes and Outputs: Development of communication tools and messaging to end users. Development of a dissemination model that is community-developed, community-driven, and replicable.
Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Plan: The dissemination steering committee is a multisector stakeholder group, which consists of seniors from northern Manhattan, 10 community agencies, and five academic stakeholders from Columbia University Irving Medical Center already engaged in the project. The stakeholder group has agreed to participate in monthly development meetings. Each partner will participate in the hosted dissemination model tests during year 2.
Project Collaborators: The community-based organizations in the consortium that are helping to lead this project are: Riverstone; SelfHelp; Moriah Senior Center; YM-YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood; NMIC; and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. All are equal partners.