Level of Education of Students Involved


Faculty Sponsor

Dr.Theresa Kessler




Public Health

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-27-2023


The poster discusses the significance, theoretical approach, and objectives of "The Elderly Fall Prevention Program" (EFPP) targeting adults aged 65 years or older in Manhattan, New York City. Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries and hospitalization in this age group, and the program aims to mitigate the issue holistically by incorporating Social Cognitive Theory (SCT). Behavioral capability, self-efficacy, environmental factors, and social support are key constructs of SCT that the program focuses on to achieve desired behavioral outcomes. The EFPP involves promoting behavioral capability, gaining confidence in one's ability to predict and prevent falls, promoting environmental changes, and involving families and communities of vulnerable groups in educational sessions. The EFPP has long-term objectives to reduce the incidence of falls among the elderly by 35% by 2030, and intermediate objectives to have 40% of the elderly population spend 15 minutes a day in physical activities and educate 40% of them to identify and avoid common home hazards. The immediate objectives of the program are to educate 45% of the families of the target population about the importance of emotional and psychological support. The program's efficacy will be assessed through annual statistical reports and surveys.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Prerana Thapa is a driven and passionate Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate student with an Epidemiology concentration. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health and Sciences, Bangalore, India. She hopes with her knowledge and experiences in healthcare field, she can promote health equity and health outcomes in the rural communities in her home country Nepal and throughout the world someday.