ThinkFirst Ozarks

Program Highlights

  • Launched in 1987 and housed in the Departments of Emergency Medical Services
    and Rehab Services at CoxHealth in Springfield, Missouri
  • Mike Dawson, Chapter Director, has been extensively involved with ThinkFirst Ozarks since 1987.
  • Sponsored by neurosurgeon, Mark Crabtree, MD
  • ThinkFirst For Kids and ThinkFirst For Teens available to schools in a 16-county region
    in southwest and southcentral Missouri with generous assistance from Children’s Miracle Network
  • Spanish versions of ThinkFirst For Kids curricula located at area migrant training and educational facilities



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.