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Meet Your New Management Team!
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Meet Your New Leadership Team

President: Juliet Simone of OASIS, St. Louis.

Steering Committee Members include:
  • Venice Woods,
  • Dean Anderson
  • Carmen Abbott
  • Micky Bates
  • Catherine Edwards
  • Katie Raines
  • Leesha Peterson
  • Tina Uridge
  • Mike Brewer
  • Diane Keefe
  • Shay Harrington
  • Ruth Richardson
  • Helen Lach


NOTEWORTHY LINKS:


NEW MEMBERS!  Apply here

Click here to view OASIS VIDEO from Falls Prevention Awareness Day at Kirkwood Community Center.

ST LOUIS POST DISPATCH 
gave a shout out to SMFFM.
Click here to read article!

VISIT OUR WEBSITE:  www.ma4web.org/ and click on Resources and Publications. Show Me Falls Free link will display.
 

REPORT YOUR FALLS PRESENTATIONS  Click here

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report announced this fall that 2014 data show Missouri has the 4th highest prevalence of falls and the HIGHEST rate of injury due to falls in the county. Let’s get to work, Missouri!  View report here.

Meet Your Fearless Leader, Juliet Simone of OASIS!
 
Juliet is a Community Health Manager (MPH) for the regional St. Louis OASIS evidence-based health programs for older adults. She has led community health projects as a Peace Corps volunteer and with the Minnesota AIDS Project. She chaired the Board of Directors for Interfaith Legal Services for immigrants. With OASIS, Ms. Simone manages a statewide fall prevention grant and staff that recruits and trains volunteers to lead evidence-based health programs at a variety of locations across the state. Ms. Simone is the statewide coordinator of the Show Me Fall Free Missouri State Coalition and a master trainer in Stanford University's Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management program and A Matter of Balance.  Ms. Simone obtained her Masters in Publich Health fro the University of Minnesota and is pursuing her Masters in Business Administration from Webster University.

When asked about her aspirations for the Coalition, she responded with, "I strive to work with stakeholders across Missouri who are committed to reduce the prevalence of falls and injuries due to falls. This can be done by strengthening the network of multi-disciplinary professionals to create a coordinated, evidence-based approach to reducing the risk of falls among older adults.
 

SUMMARY OF COALITION MEETING IN JEFFERSON CITY.

The first face-to-face SMFFM Coalition meeting was held in Jefferson City on October 11th to discuss re-energizing the coalition. Juliet Simone, Coordinator, led the meeting with 15 members present.
 
Doris Howell, Assistant Director of the Texas A&M Evidence-Based Programs and leader of the Texas Falls Prevention Coalition, shared the rejuvenation process of the Texas Coalition and gave us fresh ideas for the Missouri Coalition. Highlights from her talk included:
  • Implementing a steering committee to create the coalition’s mission, vision, meeting structures, and focus efforts 
  • Using resources from the CDC and NCOA 
  • Taking some of the goals from the NCOA’s website to focus on for the next 3 years 
  • Creating partnerships with other individuals and organizations 
  • Looking for supplemental sources of funding 
After much discussion, the group decided to dissolve the Executive Committee and create a Steering Committee of 10 people to drive the coalition forward and provide leadership. The following committees were also created: Communication Committee, Education/Best Practice/Advocacy Committee, Development Committee, and Data and Evaluation Committee.
 
Another important item discussed was the recruitment of new coalition members and stewarding those relationships. The group created a target list of organizations and disciplines that would be ideal to engage to become coalition members. Recruiting new members is a job for every coalition member and is essential for the growth and success of the SMFFM Coalition. A few of the organizations included: PT and OT departments, health clinics, fire departments, EMS, home health organizations and assisted living facilities, YMCA, chiropractors, pharmacists, optometrists, insurance companies, and many more.

 
The next meeting will be a conference call and is scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th from 10-12 a.m.  Mark your calendars now!
SMFFM COMMITTEES AND CHAIRS:
 
COMMUNICATION: Diane Keefe, Chair. diane@caringforparentstogether.com or call 314-484-8623.  The communication committee will be responsible for the newsletter, social media, website changes and more.

EDUCATION/BESTPRACTICE/ADVOCACY: Chair: Tina Hilmas of Clay County Senior Services. tina@claycoseniors.org. This committee is in charge gathering information on evidence-based and/or best practices and educating members on how to prevent falls while keeping abreast of important advocacy or policy issues that relate to fall prevention.
 
DEVELOPMENT: This committee serves to help organizations across the state write in-line items to grant applications to help further the mission of the Show Me Fall Free Missouri Coalition. Currently, there is no chair or members.

DATA AND EVALUATION:  Helen Lach, Chair, St. Louis University School of Nursing, lachh@slu.edu.
This committee gathers fall prevention data; reviews published academic publication for relevant information and evaluates fall prevention data for Missouri so that we can see how we are making an impact.  

Decide where you are interested in utilizing your time and talents. Call the Chair or Juliet Simone to let her know if you are willing to participate or chair a committee.

IMPORTANT WORK OF THE SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE!


The Silver Haired Legislature is a formally elected body of citizens 60 years of age and older that promote legislative advocacy for Missouri's older adults.  The Missouri Silver Haired Legislature, organized in 1973, was the FIRST to be organized in the United States after Congress amended the Older Americans Act to include advocacy groups. 

Delegates to the Silver Haired Legislature Choose Their Priorities For 2017.  The 43rd Annual Conference of the Silver Haired Legislature took place at the State Capitol in Jefferson City on October 18th-20th, 2016. After spirited debates in the Legislative chambers, 118 delegates chose these issues as their Top Five Priorities for the 2017 legislative session:

  1. Senior Services Growth and Development Fund
  2. Increase funding for the Home Delivered and Congregate Meals provided by Area Agencies on Aging
  3. Expand Mo HealthNet (Medicaid)
  4. Provide financial assistance to seniors for medically necessary hearing aid devices, vision services, and dental care through MO HealthNet (Medicaid)
  5. Reauthorize funding for MoRx Program  
Anyone interested in learning further details about the priorities of the Silver Haired Legislature is encouraged to contact Anneliese Stoever at (314) 657-1669 or stoevera@stlouis-mo.gov or Peggy Wilson, President of the St. Louis City Silver Haired Legislature, at (314) 367-0576 or peggycookieme@gmail.com.
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