ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention

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ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program for K-12

The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation is a nation-wide initiative that provides tailored injury prevention education for children in grades K-12 with age-appropriate focus on the brain and spinal cord. Since becoming a chapter in 2014, the ThinkFirst Helen Hayes Hospital Chapter has provided free, injury prevention assemblies for thousands of students at local schools and groups in Rockland and Orange counties and beyond.

During ThinkFirst presentations, a physical therapist and former Helen Hayes Hospital patients visit with students to discuss making wise choices for injury prevention and teaches them about the unique functions of the brain and spinal cord. The program also gives young people the chance to talk with a person who has suffered a traumatic injury, allowing them to ask candid questions about safety, life after injury, and overcoming obstacles.

ThinkFirst offers age-appropriate educational programs for elementary, middle and high school students that focus on a variety of important topics, including:

  • Helmet Education
  • Playground Safety
  • Car & Bus Safety
  • Water Safety
  • Violence Prevention
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Drug & Alcohol Education
  • Decision Making
  • Dealing with Obstacles

To learn more about ThinkFirst Helen Hayes Hospital, click HERE.

Over a million children in the United States suffer a fatal or debilitating brain or spinal cord injury each year. Making wise decisions to use proper safety equipment and follow precautions can help prevent the majority of these injuries. To make an appointment for ThinkFirst Helen Hayes Hospital to visit your school or organization, please contact Bianca Tavares at 845-786-4441 or

Visit ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation online at

Think First Helen Hayes Hospital



Professional Education Programs

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