Kathy Boyer, MSN, RN
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Kathy Boyer, MSN, RN
Barbara DiGirolamo, M.Ed., CPSTI
Julie Philbrook (MN) has been a registered nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level 1 Peds and Adult trauma center in downtown Minneapolis, for 35 years. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Augsburg College. She has been a Chapter Director for ThinkFirst Hennepin County for 26 years and has planned and coordinated countless prevention programs including bike rodeos, high school mock car crashes, worksite traffic safety programs, and car seat safety events.
A reception was held October 28, 2014, in Springfield, Illinois to celebrate 25 years as a chapter-- originally known as Risky Business, and later as ThinkFirst Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Chapter director Nancy Kyrouac and sponsoring physician Dr. Per Freitag presented information and a photo history, and honored retired chapter director Mary Kay Reed. Current and past chapter members attended, as well as staff and invited guests.
Sgt. Joey Johnson, 27, a VIP speaker at Indiana University Health and a veteran who served for 10 months in Afghanistan, prepared the ultimate surprise for his new wife on their wedding day: a first dance without the aid of his wheelchair.
Eve's Fund for Native American Health Initiatives located in Farmington, NM was awarded a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant for ThinkFirst Navajo, a proven injury prevention program educating the Navajo youth. Five Navajo speakers living with paraplegia will teach students in grades K-12 about serious injuries related to vehicle and sports accidents, as well as alcohol, violence and other factors.
A recipient of this year’s prestigious Healthcare Heroes awards, Jennifer Seitel was honored at the annual Community Collaborative Breakfast, sponsored by the Fallbrook Healthcare District, on January 26. Jennifer was recognized for her dedication in educating young people by coordinating the K-12 ThinkFirst program and personally speaking to youth at assemblies about making good decisions in order to avoid life-impacting debilitating injuries.
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 Missouri 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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Julie Philbrook, ThinkFirst of Minneapolis Chapter and Minnesota State Chapter Director, who was recently awarded the Minnesota Champion of Child Safety 2012 award during the 4th Annual Minnesota Child Safety Summit in St. Paul, MN. The award recognizes significant contributions by a person or program in advancing the prevention of unintentional childhood injury in Minnesota.