Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Laura F. Salazar, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Lisa VanderWerf-Hourigan, M.S.


Falls among older adults are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. As the world’s population ages, fall-related morbidity and mortality are expected to rise. Due to Florida’s high percentage of older adults, Florida may experience a disproportionate burden of these increasing rates. The purpose of this capstone is to (1) guide organizations that serve older adults in planning, implementing, and sustaining community-wide fall prevention activities, and (2) institutionalize fall prevention events into the health departments’ and community agencies’ regular programming. This paper will address the epidemiology of older adult falls in Florida, the barriers to intervention, the methodology of the toolkit, and recommendations for future direction.