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ThinkFirst Injury Prevention

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s trauma program’s primary injury prevention initiative is through the National ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Foundation and is home to the ThinkFirst Chapter of Central Ohio (a chapter affiliated with the National ThinkFirst Program).  The OSU injury prevention program in 2011 completed 164 presentations to 2,704 kids/youth, 7,788 teens, and 3,789 adults. Please click here for more information.

ThinkFirst Programs include:

  • Kids - K to 5th grade - Traffic Safety, Playground Safety, Sports Safety, Bicycle Safety, School Bus Safety, Pedestrian Safety, Water Safety, Safety around Guns/Knives, and cartoon video with age-appropriate interactive activities.
  • Youth - 6th to 8th grade - Traffic Safety, Sports Safety, Effects of Drugs/Alcohol, Bullying, and Safety around Guns/Knives; PowerPoint presentation with role-playing scenarios, class discussion, and suggestions on how to handle peer pressure; Pre/Post tests.
  • Teens - 9th to 12th grade- Traffic Safety, Underage Drinking, Making Positive Choices, Safety around Guns/Knives.  A VIP (Voice for Injury Prevention – former trauma patient) also speaks to the audience, sharing personal experience of how life has changed as a result of making a poor choice.
  • Adults: A PowerPoint age-appropriate presentation. Emphasis is on Traffic Safety, Effects of Alcohol/Drugs, and suggestions on how to effectively talk to teens.


CarTeens partners with Juvenile Court mandating teen and parent participation as part of their restitution for traffic violations. The education includes law enforcement, ThinkFirst for Teens, Peer education, Seatbelts/Airbags & Speeding, Impaired Driving, Drowsy & Distracted Driving, Ohio Traffic Laws, a VIP speaker, and a post-test for teen offenders requiring passing grade. Please click here for more CarTeens information.

The Injury Prevention Program also participates in regional, state, and local programs including:

  • COTS (Central Ohio Trauma System) injury prevention program, a regional collaboration toward injury reduction for the citizens of central Ohio. The primary focus is on the falls prevention initiative.
  • The Fatality Review Board for Franklin County. The membership includes representatives from trauma centers, law enforcement, county engineer, public health, and other county officials. All motor vehicle deaths are reviewed for prevention opportunities with actions to include education, engineering design, and legislative initiatives.
  • SafeKids and Safe Communities
  • OIPP (Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership)
  • MIPA (Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance)
  • Older Adult Falls Committee
  • National Safety Council Teen Safe Driving Coalition.