- ThinkFirst - SIU School of Medicine is a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).
- Started in 1989 by Dr. E. Shannon Stauffer, chair of the SIU School of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery and Mary Kay Reed, RN, MPA - originally called Risky Business with the goal of preventing injuries through community education about the 'business and consequences of taking risks.'
- Renamed ThinkFirst in 2001, in alignment with ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation
- For more than 30 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.
ThinkFirst SIU School of Medicine is one of eleven ThinkFirst Illinois chapters. All chapters share the common goal of preventing brain and spinal cord injuries. Please check with the ThinkFirst chapter nearest you to schedule programming.
PersonnelNancy Kyrouac, MPH, ThinkFirst Director National Child Passenger Safety Instructor ThinkFirst for Teens & ThinkFirst for Your Baby Educational Speaker Megan Eairheart, BS, ThinkFirst Program Coordinator National Child Passenger Safety Instructor ThinkFirst for Your Baby Speaker Danny Hicks, ThinkFirst Voice for Injury Prevention Speaker National Child Passenger Safety Technician Victim Impact Panel Speaker Mary Kay Reed, BSN, MPA, ThinkFirst Health Education Coordinator National Child Passenger Safety Instructor Retired ThinkFirst Director Nate Saint, BS, ThinkFirst Health Education Coordinator National Child Passenger Safety Technician ThinkFirst for Teens Educational Speaker
Jeff Conant, contractual VIP Speaker
Tony Huffman, contractual VIP speaker