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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
Springfield group

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 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 Foundation, and has grown and expanded over the years.


ThinkFirst Staff
Nancy Kyrouac, Masters in Public Health
ThinkFirst Project Director

Megan Eairheart
Program Coordinator, Decatur/Springfield

Danny Hicks
Voices of Injury Prevention Speaker
Community Worker

Mary Kay Reed, BSN, Master in Public Administration (retired Director)
Health Education Coordinator

Nate Saint
Health Education Coordinator



  • ThinkFirst For Kids
  • ThinkFirst For Youth
  • ThinkFirst For Teens
  • ThinkFirst For Your Baby
  • ThinkFirst For Parents of Teen Drivers
  • Child Passenger Safety seat - All staff members are nationally certified Child Passenger Safety technicians
  • Bike helmets and bike safety
  • Victim Impact Panels for court-ordered DUI Offenders
  • Crash Reenactments
  • Health Fairs and Exhibit

Springfield - SIU School of Medicine VIP Speakers

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