Mott is among experts for upcoming legislative briefing on falls prevention

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Dave Mott, professor and Chair, Social and Administrative Sciences Division, is an invited speaker for The Evidence-Based Health Policy Project (EBHPP) roundtable on falls research by UW-Madison faculty and their teams.

Falls among older adults pose a serious health problem nationally and here in Wisconsin, with the state ranking second in the country in fall-related death rates. The research roundtable, “Preventing Falls Among Older Adults: What’s New and Emerging at UW?” will include a briefing on work at UW-Madison to address this issue, including research and evidence-based programming across the state. Mott will address the community pharmacist role in modifying the use of fall risk-increasing drugs. Strengthening the work is the academic-community partnership established for the project. School alumnus, Jeff Kirchner, RPh ’88, and Barb Michaels, RN, community partners from Brown County will join Mott in talking about the research. Additional perspectives will be shared by:

  • Jane Mahoney, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, will present on Stepping On, an evidence-based falls prevention program.
  • Barb King, UW-Madison School of Nursing, will present on nurse-led interventions to maintain mobility in the hospital setting.

The event will be held at the Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 411-South, on Thursday, September 28, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, with advance registration recommended.

The EBHPP is a partnership with the UW Population Health Institute, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the Wisconsin Legislative Council. The non-partisan project bridges medicine and health policy, as well as research and practice, to serve the Wisconsin Legislature and other decision-makers. Originally formed in 2002, the EBHPP provides public briefings on health topics and aims to connect localized health research with key stakeholders in Wisconsin.

Mott’s research interests include the pharmacy labor market and economic factors associated with drug utilization.