Falls Prevention Symposium

Northwell Health and the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) are convening key stakeholders for a pioneering conversation to explore how to enhance current partnerships and support falls prevention strategies to keep older adults in community settings. This keynote address and panel discussion will provide the opportunity to share core competencies and offerings in order to educate and equip each other and identify opportunities for future partnerships across both New York State and New York City. Programming will include the reflections of a former U.S Assistant Secretary for Aging, highlights of best practices, usable tools, and innovative ideas, as well as a discussion surrounding how falls prevention can tie in with the current wave of support for home and community-based services.

This Symposium will take place as part of NYSPMA’s 2022 Podiatric and Clinical Conference and Exhibition. Following the Symposium, attendees will be invited to an exclusive roundtable lunch with key policymakers and decision makers to further discuss and explore partnerships in the falls prevention space.

Date and Time: Sunday, January 23, 2022, 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Location: New York Marriot Marquis


  1. Welcoming Remarks: A representative from NYSPMA will give opening remarks and will introduce the keynote speaker.
  2. 10:30 AM Keynote Address: Keynote speaker, Lance Robertson, will deliver an address on national trends in fall prevention and the aging population.
    1. Lance Robertson, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging & Administration for Community Living (ACL) Administrator: As the former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration and the former State Director for Aging Services at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. While at HHS, Robertson served as the nation’s gerontologist and lead for aging and disability issues. Managing the agency’s $4 billion budget, nationwide team, 36 programs, and a research institute, he collaborated with key stakeholders to help older adults and people with disabilities live and work independently in the community. In doing so, he spearheaded initiatives linking health with human services and social determinants; launched the agencywide Disability Collaborative, the National Center for Person-Centered Thinking, Planning, and Practice, and the Multi-Agency Task Force on Increasing Disability Employment; and led significant work with the White House Domestic Policy Council. Lance is now a Director in Guidehouse’s Healthcare Practice, where he helps lead our long-term care solutions.
  3. 11:10 AM Panel Introduction: The goal of the panel discussion is to explore how provider-hospital-agency connections can support Americans and New Yorkers aging in place and in community settings. Confirmed panel members include the following:
  1. Allen M. Jacobs, DPM, Nationally Recognized Author, Researcher, Noted Authority of Surgery of The Foot, and Falls Prevention
  2. Alexander Rimar, MD, Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health 
  3. Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, Chair, Assembly Committee on Health
  4. Greg Olsen, Acting Director, New York Office for the Aging
  5. William Spielfogel, DPM, Chief of Podiatry in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health 
  1. 11:20 AM Panel Discussion
    1. 11:20 AM Addressing Falls Prevention: This section will explore the major drivers of falls in the United State with a particular focus on New York. Panelists will have the opportunity to share steps taken to address falls prevention.
    2. 11:40 AM Facilitating Falls Prevention Collaboration: Panelists will explore what successful care coordination and discharge planning looks like to address falls prevention.
    3. 12:00 PM Future Opportunities in Falls Prevention Partnerships: Lastly, this section will raise ideas for collaboration and innovation so Americans can age in place, as appropriate.
  2. 12:20 PM Questions from the Audience: The panel moderator will facilitate an audience question-and-answer session.
  3. 12:30 PM Closing: The moderator or a representative from NYSPMA will thank the panelists and audience for their participation and give closing remarks.