Becoming a Program Provider

What's it take to offer Stepping On in your organization or community? A commitment to falls prevention and the willingness to take the lead to ensure that workshops take place in a community.  There are many benefits to becoming a Stepping On Program Provider including:

  • Becoming a Program Provider demonstrates to the community your organization’s commitment to the health and well-being of older adults and raised community awareness of falls prevention.
  • Stepping On can reduce your organization’s costs by preventing falls and the attendant hospitalization and ER costs as well as the emotional costs.  


Be a Registered Program Provider!

Organizations that have trained program Leaders and coordinate workshops should register as a WIHA Program Provider.  Registration is fast and easy.  To learn more about the benefits of becoming Registered Program Provider and to register, click the link below.


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What Does a Program Provider Do?

A Program Provider ensures that resources are committed to assure program success. The Program Provideer does not have to be the Leader’s employer; however, the organization must commit to supporting Leaders to identify and assign responsibility and then follow through in organizing and conducting marketing, coordinating the workshop, preparing the materials, inviting and confirming guest experts, and other responsibilities.

Prior to Leader Training, the Program Provider organization should determine task division, including whether any partner organizations will assist with any of the tasks. They will need to communicate closely before and during the workshop to ensure that older adults enrolled are appropriate, guest experts understand what is expected of them and are prepared for their roles, and appropriate materials are available for the display table and the workshop sessions.


Is Stepping On Appropriate For Your Organization?

Senior centers, Aging & Disabiltiy Resource Centers (ADRCs) and aging offices, fitness centers, senior residential facilities, hospitals or clinics, faith-based organizations, or other health, social service or related groups can become Program Providers.  In deciding whether Stepping On is appropriate for your organization, consider the following factors:

  • Does your organization have clients, patients or program participants who meet the criteria for the workshop and are interested in falls prevention?
  • Do you have professionals on staff who would be appropriate to be trained as workshop Leaders?
  • Is your organization’s management interested in the program and willing to give staff time to participate in becoming trained as Leaders (three-day Leader Training) and conducting the seven week workshop several times each year?
  • If your organization doesn’t have individuals who would be appropriate to be trained as Leaders, is there an organization in your community you can partner with who could provide individuals to serve as Leaders?
  • In reviewing the Implementation Checklist, can your organization commit (staff time and expertise) to conducting the various tasks necessary to implement and sustain the program?  For those your organization cannot provide, do you have partner organizations that can do so?
  • Is your organization committed to falls prevention and programs that are evidence-based to empower older adults to make changes in their health behaviors to reduce the risk of falls?

For more information about becoming a Stepping On Program Provider organization, contact WIHA.