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About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Western Chapter, Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition (AFPC) is to reduce the risk and incidence of falls through sharing resources, promoting fall prevention education, and improving cross-agency coordination.

AFPC Western Chapter Leadership Team

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Carol Brown

AFPC Western Chapter Co-Chairperson

As the Program Development and Advocacy Manager for Western Arizona Council of Governments – Area Agency on Aging for region IV, serving Yuma, La Paz, and Mohave Counties, Ms. Carol Brown’s main focus is to promote Awareness, Education, Advocacy and Prevention in 3 areas identified as pillars and determined to most profoundly affect our Older Arizonans: Falls Prevention Education, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Education & Advocacy and Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention.

Carol has been a member of the Western Chapter - Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition from its inception and is now serving as the Chair of the Coalition. In addition to serving on the State Falls Prevention Coalition and chairing the Western Chapter, Carol is currently an appointee to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging and is the Chair of the Aging in Community Committee under the Governor’s Advisory Council. Carol also serves on the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter Leadership Council, is a member of the Yuma County Elder Abuse Awareness Coalition, the Task Force Against Senior Abuse (TASA) with the Arizona Attorney General, and the Age Friendly Arizona Leadership Team.

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Phylicia Henderson

AFPC Western Chapter Co-Chairperson

Ms. Phylicia Henderson is a Health Educator for the Healthy Arizona Policy Initiative (HAPI) Program at the Yuma County Public Health Services District. The purpose of the program is to enhance policies, systems, and environmental changes to address community health needs by focusing on a variety of topics affecting the community. Phylicia’s efforts gear towards improving the community through Health in All Policies (HiAP), community outreach, addressing emerging issues and increasing community
engagement within our county.

Key areas of focus for Phylicia within her role as Health Educator include assisting with falls prevention education, healthy eating and active living initiatives, Alzheimer’s and Dementia awareness, improvement of healthy worksite practices, and facilitating curriculums tied to these efforts. Phylicia is serving as the co-chair for the Western Chapter - Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition and will be moving towards serving as the Chair by the year 2023. Additionally, Phylicia is a member of the Falls Committee at Yuma Rehabilitation Hospital, a participant of the AZ Health Zone program, and a member of the Yuma County Healthy Eating, Active Living Coalition. Also, Phylicia is a Lifestyle Coach, and a member/promoter of the Resident / Community Leadership Academy.

AFPC Western Chapter Community Partners

The Western Chapter’s current community partners include representatives from:

  • Fire Departments

  • Care Facilities and Home Care Organizations

  • County Health Departments

  • Non-profits serving older adults and adults with disabilities.

We are seeking more partners to strengthen the chapter’s fall prevention efforts.

AFPC Western Chapter Bi-Monthly Meetings

The chapter’s meetings are held quarterly on the first Thursday of September, December, March, and June, at the Western Arizona Council of Governments and via conference call.