ThinkFirst Missouri

Program Highlights

  • Assemblies conducted in at least 50 schools, reaching over 17,000 students each year
  • Conducted first assembly for teens in 1980
  • Serves as one of two original national program models
  • Founding neurosurgeon - Clark Watts, MD, JD
    Sponsoring physician – Gregory Worsowicz, MD, MBA
  • Harm’s Way, original ThinkFirst film, produced at this site in 1986
  • 20 VIP speakers deliver over 120 presentations annually
  • Has distributed 235 ThinkFirst For Kids curricula
  • Sponsors: Missouri Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Division, MU School of Medicine and Rusk Rehabilitation Center
  • Staff involvement: Missouri Injury & Violence Prevention Advisory Committee, Columbia Safe Kids Coalition, ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation Board of Directors and Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety
  • Recipient of numerous local, state & national awards



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.