National Work Group

National Work Group meets at 2018 American Society on Aging Conference


The National Home Safety and Home Modification Work Group is a collaboration of the National Falls Prevention Resource Center (NFPRC) at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence (FPCE) at the University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

The purpose of the Work Group is to engage key stakeholders to advance home safety and home modification policy, education, service delivery, and research.

Goals include:

  1. Influence home safety, home modification, and universal design policies and funding
  2. Increase professional and consumer education and training on home safety, home modification, and universal design
  3. Support existing and new service delivery efforts in home safety, home modification, and universal design
  4. Facilitate new and coordinated research projects in home safety, home modification, and universal design
  5. Improve integration of home safety, home modification, and universal design within existing systems of care
  6. Foster and maximize collaboration among professionals, researchers, and organizations involved with home safety, home modification, and universal design


AARP, Public Policy Institute, Livability Section, Future of Housing Initiative

Rodney Harrell, PhD, Director, Livable Communities
Shannon Guzman, MA, MCP, Policy Research Senior Analyst

Administration for Community Living (ACL)/Administration on Aging (AOA)

Donna Bethge, Aging Services Program Specialist

American Occupational Therapy Association

Scott Trudeau, PhD, OTR/L, Productive Aging and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program Manager

American Physical Therapy Association

Steve Postal, JD, Senior Specialist, Regulatory Affairs
Marcia Smith, PT, Physical Therapist

Bipartisan Policy Center

Andy Winkler, Senior Policy Analyst, Housing and Infrastructure Projects

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, USC Leonard David School of Gerontology

Jon Pynoos, PhD, Co-Director, Professor
Julie Overton, MSG, MHA, Senior Learning and Development Specialist
Seymour Turner, USC Executive Certificate in Home Modification (ECHM) Program Instructor

Falls Prevention Coalition, New Mexico

Janet Popp, PT, MS, Chair

Georgia State University

Jon Sanford, M Arch, Research Professor, Research Director

The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence

Jodi Olshevski, MS, Executive Director

Debra Kleesattel, PhD, Director, Corporate Gerontologist

Home Modification Occupational Therapist Association (HMOTA)

Karen Koch, OT, HMOTA, ECHM, CAPS, Licensed builder

Living at Home Consultations, LLC

Tori Goldhammer, MS, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS, ECHM, CEAC, CFPS

Homes Renewed

Louis Tenenbaum, Founder

Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) Center, State University of New York at Buffalo

Danise Levine, AIA, CAPS, Architect, Assistant Director

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, Dean, Associate Director for Policy, Center on Innovative Care in Aging

Meals on Wheels America

Laura Belazis, MPH, Senior Director, Strategy and Impact

Midwestern University, College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Department

Monika Robinson, Dr OT, OTR/L, Assistant Professor

National Alliance for Caregiving

Mike Wittke, BSW, MPA, Vice President, Policy & Advocacy

National Center for Healthy Housing

Jill Breysse, MHS, CIH, Project Manager

National Council on Aging Center for Healthy Aging and National Falls Prevention Resource Center

Kathleen Cameron, MPH, Senior Director, Center for Healthy Aging

Emily Nabors, MSG, Senior Program Specialist, Center for Healthy Aging

Rebuilding Together, National Office

Melissa Stutzbach, OTR, ECHM Vice President of National Programs and Impact Measurement

RL Mace Universal Design Institute

Richard Duncan, MRP, Executive Director

Universal Design Living Laboratory

Rosemarie Rossetti, PhD

University of Illinois at Chicago, Dept. of Occupational Therapy

Elizabeth Peterson, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, Clinical Professor

Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy

Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology, and Social Work


A checklist of simple home modifications that individuals and caregivers can do to increase safety and independence with resources on funding sources, providers, and more, developed by the National Home Safety and Home Modification Work Group.
A one-page companion piece to the Home Modification Checklist, above.

For more information, contact Emily Nabors at