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FCNN Monthly Newsletter

Faith Community Nurse Network is launching a monthly newsletter to allow FCNs and others to stay current with network events, news, and resources. Click here to view the May 2017 Newsletter.

Preventing Falls in Congregations

The Network will reach 1,500 older adults in Minnesota who have a high risk of falling. With the support of a Live Well at Home Grant from the MN Department of Human Services, FCNN will educate 60 health professionals to lead Stepping On workshops in their communities in the Twin Cities Metro and Southeastern Minnesota.

In Minnesota, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and injuries requiring hospitalization or treatment. In 2009, older adults in MN made up 86% of fall deaths with a rate that was nearly double that of the US. The Faith Community Nurse Network is addressing this problem with the evidence-based Stepping On falls prevention program. Falls are not a normal part of aging and many falls and injuries from falls can be prevented.

FCNN is offering the first of three Stepping On Leader workshops for 20 Twin Cities nurses February 7 – 9, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN. The usual $650 cost of this 3-day course has been reduced to $50 for this project; breakfast and lunch are also included. The February Leader workshop is full, however, there are spots open in the sessions that will be held later this spring. Learn more and apply today »

Stepping On is a 7-week community-based workshop for adults 60 years and older that combines balance & strength exercises with home modification, a review of medications, community safety, vision and sleep. Research has found this program results in between a 31% and 50% reduction in falls. Workshop leaders work with physical therapists, pharmacists, community safety experts and vision specialists to provide expertise in areas that are proven to impact an individual’s risk of falling. Stepping On is a highly effective program because it uses the knowledge and experiences of each participant to help them recognize their risk of falling and empowers them to make changes to reduce their risk.

FCNN staff, Jessica Drecktrah, RN, MN, MHA, FCN and Becky Afzali, are currently leading Stepping On workshops in Minneapolis at the Volunteers of America Southwest Senior Center and the Heritage Park YMCA.

FCNN has met all 27 Accountability Standards of the Charities Review Council

FCNN recently went through a review with the Charities Review Council, and we are glad to announce that FCNN meets all twenty-seven of the Council’s Accountability Standards and was awarded the “Meets Standards” seal.

3269592The Charity Review Council reviews nonprofit organizations in four areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity, and Fundraising. The review works to ensure that an organization’s operations, structure and policies meet widely accepted standards for accountability and transparency. The awarded “Meets Standards” seal shows our commitment to accountable and ethical practices. FCNN is now listed as a reviewed organization on the Council’s Smart Givers Network and the Smart Giver newsletter distributed to households, businesses and nonprofits.

Learn more about the Accountability Standards and the Charity Review Council at:

“My involvement in nursing research and nursing theory over the past 4 decades has been a rich source of satisfaction & ongoing motivation for me. I was eager to see FCNN enlarge its activities in this area.”
~ Joann Wessman