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ThinkFirst Receives Outstanding Partnership Award at the 2014 Missouri Blueprint Safety Conference

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Proclaimation from Missouri Governor

ThinkFirst Missouri received an Outstanding Partnership Award at the 2014 Missouri Blueprint Safety Conference, held in St. Louis, MO on September 30, 2014. ThinkFirst Missouri along with KRCG and Joe Machens Ford completed a “Focus on the Road” campaign. Throughout this campaign, over 10,000 Missourians pledged to drive distraction free. Partnership is the driving force behind the success of highway safety efforts. Michelle Gibler, ThinkFirst Missouri Director served as co-chair on the 2014 Blueprint Coalition Committee.

ThinkFirst Receives 2013 Research Award at National Injury Prevention Conference

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Proclaimation from Missouri Governor

ThinkFirst Missouri received the 2013 Research Award from the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation on April 24, 2013. The award was presented during a ceremony at the ThinkFirst Conference on Injury Prevention held in conjunction with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons annual meeting in New Orleans.

The ThinkFirst research team was honored for three recent studies:

  • • The Underutilization of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities for ThinkFirst Traumatic Injury Prevention Programs
  • • Using Social Media to Reinforce ThinkFirst For Teens
  • • ThinkFirst Injury Prevention and Social Media: What Type of Facebook Content Generates the Most Interaction?

ThinkFirst Missouri is a traumatic injury prevention program of the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR).

PMR injury prevention research team members include: Michelle Gibler, PhD., Fred Murdock, PhD., J. Wesley Rayburn, MD, James Whitaker, DO, Katrina Rowland, BS, and Caitlin Davis, BJ.

ThinkFirst plays key role in Missouri Coalition
for Roadway Safety (MCRS) Conference

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Proclaimation from Missouri Governor

ThinkFirst staff members across the state participated in the 2012 MCRS Conference in Branson, Oct 24-26th. The purpose of the conference was to launch the new statewide fatality reduction goal and arm traffic safety advocates and leaders with strategies to reach the new goal. Traffic fatalities in Missouri have been steadily decreasing since the inception of the MCRS. In 2005, Missouri experienced 1,257 fatalities. In 2011, fatalities were reduced to 784 thanks, in part, to the combined effort and intense focus of hundreds of MCRS members. The new goal is 700 or fewer traffic deaths by 2016. Twelve ThinkFirst staff members and volunteers statewide assumed multiple roles of leadership during the conference, including conference planning, delivering presentations, facilitating sessions, and receiving three awards.

ThinkFirst advocate & speaker Dr. Lori Popejoy receiving Missouri Show-Me Safety Award. (L to R) Sid Popejoy, Lori Popejoy and MoDOT Highway Safety Director Leanna Depue ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City Co-Directors receiving 2012 KC Region Show-Me Safety Award

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Two Silver Medal Awards

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Proclaimation from Missouri Governor

ThinkFirst Missouri received two Silver Medal awards from the International Safety Media Award (ISMA) Committee. ISMA is a competitive international awards program designed to recognize the strongest, evidence-based injury prevention media campaigns in the world. ThinkFirst is being honored for its Social Media Campaign for Teens. First award was for the Teen Injury Prevention Campaign and second award was for the Teen Media Campaign Evaluation. Dr. Michelle Gibler, Director of the ThinkFirst Missouri Prevention Program in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, attended the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held in Wellington, New Zealand, on October 1-4, 2012. Marcia Howell, Director of International Safety Media Awards program, from Alaska is pictured with Michelle Gibler.

Public Speaking Training Workshop for VIP Speakers

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Proclaimation from Missouri Governor

ThinkFirst Missouri recently conducted a public speaking training workshop for Voices for Injury Prevention speakers statewide. The workshop featured dynamic expertise presentations from Joel Maruniak, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Biological Sciences on How the Brain Works and Dr. Michal Acuff, MD, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Physical, Medicine and Rehabilitation on Living Well with a Disability. The workshop also included a memorable testimony from Jim Dejong, Director with Americans with Disabilities Act followed by guided discussion and small group exercises. The primary sponsor of the event was the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Division. Additional support was provided by The Department of Physical, Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Missouri.

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City Receives
KDOT's People Saving People Award

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Proclaimation from Missouri Governor

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City received the People Saving People Award from the Kansas Department of Transportation for the impact it has made educating young people about safety belt usage and safe driving practices in the hopes of preventing them from suffering a traumatic injury, or worse, as the result of a motor-vehicle crash.

During the 17th annual Kansas Transportation Safety Conference in Wichita, eight Voices for Injury Prevention (VIP) speakers, all with disabling injuries, were recognized for their efforts of taking their stories and lessons learned to thousands of young people annually across the Kansas City metropolitan area through school assemblies and other venues.

“Our VIP speakers range in age from 18 to 30,” said Cynthia Randazzo, president, The Research Foundation. “Who better to convince young people of the importance of seat belts, attentive driving, not driving under the influence, not speeding than someone who has to live daily with the mistake they or someone else has made behind the wheel. They truly are ‘people saving people’ in the literal sense, and winning this award is a wonderful way to honor and thank them for their contributions to injury prevention in the community.”

The People Saving People Award is open for the nomination of any individual, organization, and/or program – in or out of the state – that has had an exemplary effect on Kansas transportation safety in one of the following three ways: community leadership and engineering; education and awareness; or adjudication, enforcement and EMS response.

Chad Burton, 2011 VIP Speaker of the Year

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Proclaimation from Missouri Governor

ThinkFirst Missouri speaker, Chad Burton, wins National ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Foundation 2011 VIP Speaker of the Year Award. (VIP-Voices for Injury Prevention)

ThinkFirst Publishes Research Poster
on Using Social Media to Reinforce ThinkFirst for Teens

ThinkFirst Social Media Research Poster

ThinkFirst publishes research poster on Using Social Media to Reinforce ThinkFirst for Teens.

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Proclamation from Governor

ThinkFirst Missouri Receives Proclaimation from Missouri Governor

ThinkFirst Missouri received a congratulatory proclamation from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon during a special presentation June 23, 2010 in the Governor’s Office at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. Governor Nixon honored ThinkFirst for conducting outstanding injury prevention and traffic safety programs in Missouri for 30 years.

When recognizing ThinkFirst, Governor Nixon cited the importance of the mission of injury prevention and noted the impressive number of people served by the Missouri-based chapter. Since the first high school program was delivered in the spring of 1980, ThinkFirst Missouri has conducted injury prevention presentations in 1,914 schools reaching over 503,022 students. With the addition of business and community presentations, ThinkFirst has delivered 3,056 presentations reaching over 582,989 Missourians.

ThinkFirst Missouri Launches State-of-the-Art
Social Media Campaign for Young Drivers

In October 2009, ThinkFirst introduced two exciting digital media platforms for teens and young adults—Facebook and SMS/Text Messaging. Pure Marketing and Media, of Columbia, MO, provided the strategic, creative, and technological services needed to develop the intervention.
The goal of the campaign is to promote traffic safety among teens. The digital platforms will engage teen audiences through discussion threads, video clips, photos from school programs, etc. Content will be modified and monitored regularly and user participation will be tracked.
The ThinkFirst Missouri Social Media campaign is the first of its kind in the United States and will serve as a pilot program for over 100 ThinkFirst chapters nationwide.
This project is supported by Federal Highway Funds from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

About ThinkFirst Missouri

ThinkFirst Missouri is an award-winning prevention program presented by inspiring survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries. Through compelling firsthand testimonies, audiences learn about the consequences of injuries and how injuries can happen to anyone. These sobering, yet motivational messages urge everyone to take personal responsibility and make safe choices.