SIU Medicine is proud to offer our unique ThinkFirst programs to community members throughout central and southern Illinois. These award-winning programs are intended to prevent brain and spinal cord injuries among kids, teens and adults, especially those caused by motor vehicle accidents.

Our services and programs include ThinkFirst for Teens, ThinkFirst for Kids, Victim Impact Panels for DUI Offenders, child passenger safety seat education, seat belt and distracted driving education, bike helmet fittings and crash reenactments.

ThinkFirst programs are free of charge thanks to a federal grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Keeping Communities Safe

The ThinkFirst chapter at SIU School of Medicine was awarded the ThinkFirst Chapter of the Year Award at the Annual National ThinkFirst Conference this summer.
Crash reenactment

Havana HS students to witness crash reenactment

Havana High School students will experience a crash reenactment on Friday, September 15. ThinkFirst, SIU Medicine’s injury prevention program, will assist in planning and presenting the event.

SIU physician prepared for an Olympic task

David Jeong, MD, has achieved an impressive goal this month: He’s made it to the Olympics. The director of sports medicine and geriatric musculoskeletal medicine at SIU Center for Family and Community
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