Western North Carolina

Fall Prevention Coalition

Act today; think about your future, minimize the risk of an injury from a fall.

Western North Carolina Fall Prevention Coalition(WNCFPC) strives to provide communities with descriptions of collaborative resources, including meetings, events, and resource list of local providers with the common goal of decreasing fall related injuries in WNC. The coalition also aims to grow our fall prevention impact by further encouraging neighboring communities to organize regional resources with the guidance of our WNCFPC.

Our Western North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition strives to provide community specific resources for fall prevention. As part of these collaborative efforts, we encourage residents and leaders to meet in their own communities and represent their specific needs as related to falls prevention.


Cynthia Moses PT, DPT

Advisory Board

Cynthia Moses PT, DPT – current chair ; Ayden Jones (past coalition chair; Falls consultant) ; Martha Zimmerman PT, MA Ed. (McDowell County CHAMP coordinator) ; Lori Schrodt PT, MS, PhD (Western Carolina University); Tracey Gates RN, CEN, CPEN( Mission Health) ; Dianne Sacconne MT(YMCA); Stephanie Stewart (Land of Sky) ; Anne Plyler PT ( WNC Tai Chi for Health)

The WNCFPC is currently providing support to the following regions to launch regional fall prevention gatherings and resources.

HENDERSON COUNTY; meets every other month; Contact Teresa Suttles teresa.suttles@brookdale.com

MCDOWELL COUNTY: Community Health And Mobility Partners (CHAMP), a Falls Prevention Assessment and Intervention Program, is held at the McDowell Senior Center every second Friday March through November Contact: Weyland Prebor for an appointment at 828-659-0823. Other falls prevention programs offered at the McDowell Senior Center are A Matter of Balance Program, and Enhanced Fitness class. Please call the Senior Center for details. If you are interested in volunteering to learn more about the CDC's STEADI Falls Risk Program, contact Martha Zimmerman, PT, MA ED at mzimmerman0988@gmail.com.

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY; currently under development; email for further details-fallpreventioncoalitionwnc@gmail.com

MADISON COUNTY; currently under development; email for further details-fallpreventioncoalitionwnc@gmail.com

RUTHERFORD COUNTY; please contact Martha Zimmerman mzimmerman1252@gmail.com

POLK COUNTY ; currently under development;email for further details-fallpreventioncoalitionwnc@gmail.com

If you are a resident of a surrounding community and are interested in helping support a regional fall prevention coalition, please email for further details-fallpreventioncoalitionwnc@gmail.com