(Bonita) Lynn Beattie, PT, MPT, MHA, vice president of Injury Prevention at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and lead for the National Falls Free© Initiative, represented APTA at the 2012 Transforming Fall Management Practices Conference, May 22-24. Beattie welcomed 191 attendees on behalf of APTA and its more than 80,000 members. She noted the growing activities of the 70-member NCOA-led Falls Free© Coalition, of which APTA is an active member, and of the 41 state coalitions on falls prevention. Beattie pointed out APTA's strong focus in the area in falls prevention and that it would devote 3 days of programming to falls prevention during PT 2012 in Tampa. She also acknowledged that many state chapters are similarly engaged with their state coalitions in promoting awareness, education and training of providers, and investment in evidence-based interventions that link health care providers to community resources and falls prevention programs. Beattie invited attendees to join their state and local coalitions.
The annual conference, held in Clearwater, Florida, is provided by the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry and the Tampa Veterans Administration Research and Education Foundation. Sponsoring organizations included APTA, Gainesville Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, and the National Center for Patient Safety.