Partnering for Fall Prevention

The Sioux Falls Health Department and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue are partnering with Sanford Health to provide free fall risk screenings and prevention education opportunities to the community.

Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 18–24, events include:
Tuesday, September 20
Fall Prevention Screening
Sioux Falls Health Department
521 North Main Avenue, Suite 101
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Wednesday, September 21
Fall Prevention Screening
Fire Station #3
2820 South Minnesota
10 a.m. to 12 noon

Demonstration of Fall Prevention and Senior Fitness
Downtown Library, Siouxland Libraries
200 North Dakota Avenue (Sioux Falls)
1 to 3 p.m.
“Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responds to approximately three lift assist calls every day to help an individual who has fallen and needs assistance,” said Ryan Cox, Community Risk Reduction Coordinator for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. “Our goal is to work together with other agencies to hopefully prevent these types of incidents that could lead to a serious or debilitating injury.”

Falls are not just a consequence of aging, as individuals under age 65 have reported injuries from falls that required them to limit regular activities including work and require them to visit a provider for treatment.

“Our 2022 Community Health Assessment revealed that the fall death rate in Minnehaha County is more than double the national rate,” said Shelby Kommes, Public Health Prevention Coordinator for the Sioux Falls Health Department. “Connecting with the community to provide fall risk screenings and implementing evidence-based prevention programs are important to reducing fall injuries and deaths in Sioux Falls.”

Additional events are planned for the week. For more information on the week’s activities, visit

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