SIU School of Medicine's ThinkFirst chapter received the ThinkFirst Chapter of the Year Award during this year's Annual National ThinkFirst Conference. The accolade acknowledges outstanding dedication to the core elements of the ThinkFirst mission: education, research, and advocacy. Supported by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, SIU Medicine ThinkFirst boasts a 34-year history of leadership, knowledgeable staff, and enduring partnerships committed to injury prevention across central Illinois and beyond.
Nine years ago, traumatic injuries held the distinction of being the leading cause of death in the United States. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now reveal that accidents have slipped to fourth place, trailing behind heart disease, cancer, and COVID-19. For close to 35 years, ThinkFirst has labored to curtail the incidence of traumatic injuries through its multifaceted approach of education, research, and advocacy in support of SIU School of Medicine.
This summer's ThinkFirst conference facilitated nationally certified child passenger safety technicians in acquiring continuing education credits, fostering networks, and honing safety skills. Megan Eairheart, SIU Medicine ThinkFirst program director, emphasized the importance of disseminating knowledge about the latest car seats to aid parents and caregivers in safely transporting children in their communities.