llen Schneider is a Research Scientist with the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and has been a consultant with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) since 2006, working with NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center. Ms. Schneider’s primary areas of focus include healthy aging, falls prevention, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and older adult mental health. She has provided technical assistance to more than 30 states to establish falls prevention coalitions and disseminate evidence-based falls prevention programs. Ms. Schneider also co-leads the National Falls Free® Initiative and facilitates the national Falls Prevention Awareness and Advocacy Committee. She has worked extensively with State Health Departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the aging services network to build infrastructure and implement policy, programming, and systems change.
On the state level, Ms. Schneider is a co-founder and co-facilitator of the North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition and the North Carolina Mental Health, Substance Use, and Aging Coalition. She also is a dissemination leader with the Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program to link clinical practice with community-based services and improve health outcomes for older adults and their families. Ms. Schneider received her undergraduate degree and MBA from the Pennsylvania State University and graduate-level Certificate in Aging from UNC-Chapel Hill.