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Springfield SIU School of Medicine Southern Illinois University School of Medicine P.O. Box 19679 Springfield, IL 62794-9679 217.545.9112
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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Division of Orthopaedics has one of the longest running and largest U.S. chapters of ThinkFirst. In 1988, Mary Kay Reed, a SIU School of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery RN, started researching grant opportunities in an effort to develop an injury prevention program. Originally named “Risky Business,” ThinkFirst received their first grant in 1989, and the first school presentation was in the spring of 1990. ThinkFirst/SIU School of Medicine has always been a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention program, and has grown and expanded over the years.

Nancy Kyrouac, Masters in Public Health, ThinkFirst Project Director

Danny Hicks, Voices of Injury Prevention Speaker; Community Affairs Specialist II

Mary Kay Reed, Master in Public Administration (retired)-ancillary staff

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  • ThinkFirst for Kids
  • ThinkFirst for Youth
  • ThinkFirst for Teens
  • Child Passenger Safety seat
  • Bike helmets and bike safety
  • Victim Impact Panels for court-ordered DUI Offenders
  • Crash Reenactments
  • Health Fairs and Exhibit
  • Operation Teen Safe Driving Liaison

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