SIU School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
P.O. Box 19679
Springfield, IL 62794-9679

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ThinkFirst is an injury prevention program offered by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. It is a chapter of the national ThinkFirst Program sponsored by the American College of Neurosurgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons throughout the country. |
A variety of injury prevention programs are presented as a public service, at no cost. This program is part of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at SIU School of Medicine. ThinkFirst focuses on Partnerships and Teamwork! We are all very important pieces in the Injury Prevention Puzzle with lots of unique ideas, energy and experiences to share. Sharing information is the most effective way of partnering with other agencies. Through these partnerships we are better able to serve the public and keep people safe. The following agencies have joined forces to achieve our goal of safer communities:

  • Think First Foundation
    (National Head and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program)
    Contact person: Gigi Thomas
    Phone: 1-800-844-6556

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Phone: 888-327-4236

  • Illinois Department of Transportation - Traffic Safety Division

    Public Information and Education Materials Clearing House
    To order free materials, download form from the following address:
    Fax: 217-782-9159

  • Illinois Safe Kids

    Phone: 202-884-4993 or 800-441-1888

  • Illinois State Police

    Safety Education Unit - 21 Districts
    Phone: 217-524-2525

  • Other Illinois Chapters:

    City Director
    Carbondale Cynthia Davie
    Carol Stream Deborah Gerhardstein
    Chicago Heidi Majerczak
    Elmhurst Richard Schahczinski
    Joliet Kathleen Farnsworth
    La Grange Mercedes Rauen
    Peoria Hoa Cooper
    Peoria Tamara Lott
    Springfield Mary Kay Reed, RN, MPA
    Woodridge Debbie Davis

ThinkFirst is funded by the medical school and by a federal grant provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
For information about the program, please continue to browse this site.

Please contact Mary Kay Reed, RN, MPA with specific questions about the ThinkFirst program.



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