You are here

  • Our Cause:

    SIU School of Medicine's ThinkFirst program aims to educate and spread awareness about brain and spinal cord injuries throughout central and southern Illinois

About ThinkFirst

Part of Central Illinois for over 25 years, ThinkFirst has evolved to include current issues such as impaired and distracted driving, child passenger safety, TBI (traumatic brain injury) awareness and helmet use.

Injury prevention is the key! ThinkFirst focuses on increasing understanding of potential for injury and the permanent impact of Traumatic Brain Injury / Spinal Cord Injury. Prevention is much easier and more cost-efficient than treatment for a life changing injury.

ThinkFirst programs are award-winning, with a concentrated effort on reaching those most at risk for brain and spinal cord injuries— our youth. Our services include programs such as ThinkFirst for Teens and ThinkFirst for Kids, Victim Impact Panels for DUI offenders, child passenger safety seat education and trainings, bike helmet fittings and coordinating crash reenactments. Because motor vehicle crashes are the biggest cause of injury, ThinkFirst presentations emphasize traffic safety such as seat belt use and driving free of distractions and impairments.

Donate to SIU

Help us find a cure. Honor a loved one. Every gift counts.

Donate Today