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Loop Fall Prevention Community of Practice

How Did the Fall Prevention Community of Practice Start?

The Fall Prevention Community of Practice (CoP), originally sponsored by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and currently sponsored by Parachute, came together in 2010 to exchange information on how to create supportive communities where adults maintain their independence through fall prevention.

A Community of Practice is a group of people who come together to exchange information on a topic.

We bring together practitioners, caregivers, researchers and policy planners committed to support and learn from one another and to develop new knowledge to advance the field of fall prevention.

Loop, created in 2015, is the bilingual online communication platform of the CoP that brings together members from across Canada to problem-solve and discuss how to implement evidence-informed and promising fall prevention practices. In 2018, Loop Junior was created. The primary difference between Loop and Loop Junior is the population of focus and thereby the different stakeholders involved – Loop focuses on fall prevention among adults and older adults while Loop Junior seeks to tackle the issue of childhood falls.

Loop's members, the intermediaries who work with adults, older adults, and/or caregivers can use this free communication platform to:

  • Network: Find an expert, mentor or collaborator by searching members by area of expertise, location or name.
  • Find answers: Harness the knowledge of our members to find an answer to your fall prevention question quickly and efficiently.
  • Work together: Use private groups, discussion posts, or direct messages to collaborate on projects with other members. Networks, committees and project teams are all welcome to join Loop.
  • Build knowledge: Access learning opportunities and evidence through webinars, e-newsletters, the knowledge centre, and an expert knowledge broker.

Loop and Loop Junior are a non-profit initiative for knowledge and information sharing. We are pleased to share knowledge and information with the private sector, but for-profit products and services cannot be endorsed or promoted on Loop or Loop Junior, either through discussion posts or messages to other members.


What Does the Cop Offer?

  • Education and training on fall prevention
  • Sharing evidence-based resources and information
  • Access to research evidence through a skilled Knowledge Broker
  • Partnership building
  • Chance to inform research
  • Updates on promising practices and policy changes

Who Benefits?

People working in health care and social services

  • Access evidence-informed tools and resources, networking opportunities, training and education
  • Develop stronger practices and policies

Researchers

  • Understand health and social service practitioner, public and caregiver perspectives
  • Collaborate with other researchers for more impactful projects
  • Put your results in the hands of people who can create change

The health care system

  • Less duplication and a coordinated approach to fall prevention

Older adult groups and caregivers

  • Get better services, care and experiences in your community

For the nitty-gritty on how we run things, please see our governing documents.