Our Mission

The mission of ThinkFirst is to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries  through education, research and policy.

Our Focus

ThinkFirst programs are award-winning, focusing on those most at risk for brain and spinal cord injuries—especially our youth.  Presentations emphasize risk-taking behaviors and consequences, personal vulnerability, and developing good safety habits.  

Injury prevention is the key!


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Community Service

Service to the community is an integral part of the mission of SIU School of Medicine.  For more than 20 years, SIU School of Medicine Division of Orthopedic Surgery has provided free community education on injury prevention through its ThinkFirst program, reaching over 300,000 people across central and southern Illinois in more than 4,000 presentations. ThinkFirst, SIU School of Medicine is funded entirely through an Injury Prevention grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

For information about other community services available at SIU School of Medicine, click here.


Spring Into Safety Event 2014

Featuring SIU School of Medicine Staff and Medical Students
helping you get ready for safe spring/summer fun!

Free Car Seat Check

Get your child’s safety seat inspected by a trained technician!

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