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Chapter Director Spotlight: Julie Philbrook, RN, DNP

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.

ThinkFirst Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Celebrates 25 Years

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.

ThinkFirst Navajo/Serving New Mexico

Quality of Life Grant 2014 Check Presentation

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.

ThinkFirst of Murrieta County/Temecula Valley, CA

Jennifer Seitel, pictured left.

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, Columbia, MO

Marcia Howell (right), Director of International Safety Media Awards program, Alaska, pictured with Dr. Michelle Gibler (on left).

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.

ThinkFirst of Hennepin County, Minneapolis, MN

Julie Philbrook, ThinkFirst State Chapter Director, MN

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.

ThinkFirst Navajo, Serving NM

Echohawk Lefthand, Director of Eve's Fund's ThinkFirst Navajo Chapter, teaching school children how to avoid brain and spinal cord injuries.

We’re thrilled to announce that Eve’s Fund has received our second Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Representatives from the Reeve Foundation will present the $5,000 grant check in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, February 24, the seventh anniversary of Eve’s death. It will be a fitting way to honor her memory.

ThinkFirst Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 

Pictured: Pete Bodyk, Kansas Department of Transportation; Cynthia Randazzo, ThinkFirst KC; Michael Bowen, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Rose Simone, ThinkFirst KC; Romell Cooks, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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.