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About ThinkFirst

Background

  • 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 in IllinoisThinkFirst in Illinois

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.

Personnel

Nancy 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