Injury Prevention Programs

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TriHealth began providing the ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program to Greater Cincinnati in 1986. ThinkFirst is a national injury prevention foundation with more than 250 chapters across the United States. Each year the ThinkFirst message reaches more than 20,000 local students, parents and community members throughout Greater Cincinnati.

If your organization is interested in any of these programs, please contact us at 513 865 1742.

ThinkFirst for Teens


This is an assembly-based program that focuses on decision-making skills. This moving program captivates students and empowers them to ThinkFirst and weigh the consequences of risk-taking behavior. The assembly includes:

  • An award-winning film poignantly describing the cause and effect of traumatic injuries using testimonials from injured young people.
  • A presentation including information about why they are at risk, how traumatic injuries occur, and simple prevention strategies.
  • A conversation with a young person who has sustained a brain or spinal cord injury, providing students with an opportunity to learn about the physical, social and emotional consequences of such injuries.

ThinkFirst for Kids

Young children between the ages of 9 and 14 are at tremendous risk for serious injury and even death. At this age, children are beginning to experience freedom while riding bicycles around the neighborhood, playing sports, and exploring life.

ThinkFirst for Kids was developed as a means to educate young children in fun, informative ways within local schools. Grant funding has made it possible to provide curriculum materials to 105 local schools. In addition, generous funding has assisted in providing various public awareness campaigns through interactive programs that help children learn you can be safe, prevent injury and still enjoy life.

ThinkFirst for Big Kids

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This program features an interactive game show type format for classroom based injury prevention. Areas covered include bicycle safety, motor vehicle safety, fire/burn prevention and water safety. Speakers are available to cover specific injury prevention topics as needed for school or community based injury prevention issues. The program also features the book A Helmet Away From Heaven, which is a true story of a 12-year-old boy's fight for life after a critical injury caused by a bicycle injury. In addition, it includes the video What If- A Plea for Helmet Use & Bike Safety,which is a video narrated by a 12-year-old boy who survived critical injury only because he was wearing a helmet.

Ages: Grades 4-6

ThinkFirst for Youth

This curriculum-based program focuses on injury prevention for the tween age child. Injury topics include but are not limited to: motor vehicle safety, bicycle and helmet safety, brain and spinal cord anatomy/injury prevention, choking, suffocation and strangulation, sports safety and violence prevention/conflict resolution. Programs are tailored to school or community injury issues.

Ages: Grades 4-8

ThinkFirst Teen Driving Program

stephanie showing educational kits

This is a classroom and assembly-based program that specifically targets the issue of teen driving. Incorporates concepts from the You Hold the KeyTM Teen Driving Educational Campaign.

Information in program includes:

Video: "Three Drivers; Eighteen Lives"

This video provides the personal account of three teen drivers/passengers involved in fatal car crash situations. Each teen shares their own reality from a fatal car crash. The discussion guide that accompanies the video is intended for the health teacher/drivers education instructor to facilitate discussion among students regarding prevention of teen driving injuries. This video was produced locally by the TriHealth ThinkFirst Program in conjunction with Freedman, Gibson & White, Inc. (a local marketing and communications firm).


A health care speaker with slides and prevention/safety message with offer a presentation and review of State of Ohio Teen Driving Laws. This is a featured speaker with a personal message about safe driving and risk reduction.

TriHealth Senior Driving Academy

A program through TriHealth ThinkFirst, TriHealth Seniority and TriHealth Driver Rehabilitation geared towards drivers ages 55 and older. Programs held at Bethesda North and other community based sites.

Safety Rocks Pre-school program

Pre-school ProgramWith generous funding Duke Energy and Southwest Ohio Kiwanis for Kids (SOKKS), TriHealth ThinkFirst is implementing a unique home safety program. This program is geared toward child-care facilities in the Greater Cincinnati and Kiwanis catchment surrounding areas. Pre-school aged children learn about safety in a fun and interactive format designed for their developmental level.

Community Events

TriHealth ThinkFirst Program seeks to meet the injury prevention needs of the community through special events geared towards injury prevention. One such event is the Bethesda North Hospital Mocktail Event.

ThinkFirst Violence Prevention Initiative

This is violence prevention and conflict resolution education. Information in the four session program includes:

  • Incentives for parental involvement
  • Rewards for student participation
  • Asset development education
  • Conflict resolution/weapon safety education/problem solving
  • Interaction with an individual who has sustained a weapon related traumatic injury
  • Integration of health concepts related to violent injury prevention
  • Incorporation of local after school resources

Ages: Grades 4-6

Fee: Negotiable. This program meets Federal criteria for use of Safe & Drug Free School funding.

ThinkFirst for Your Baby

ThinkFirst for Your BabyThinkFirst for Your Baby is a new initiative whose goal is to reduce unintentional injuries in infants under the age of one year through prenatal education combined with post-partum follow-up. The program will target two high-risk populations; pregnant teens and Hispanic women. The educational sessions take place at the TriHealth Nurse Midwives Clinic in Clifton, Su Casa Hispanic Ministry Center and the Bethesda North Women's Clinic.

Cribs for Kids

This is a collaborative program with Bethesda North and Good Samaritan Hospital Maternity Services dedicated to prevention of sudden infant death syndrome through provision of CPSC approved cribs at reasonable cost for at risk mothers. Program entails identification of at risk parents, parental education and crib provision. Funding is provided by Tyler's Run Foundation.

TriHealth Cribs for Kids is grateful to the De Cavel Family SIDS Foundation for their generous donation in 2013 to help support SIDS prevention education and crib provision to our moms most in need.

Helmets are Cool

Helmets are Cool CincinnatiHelmets are Cool Cincinnati is a program started more than ten years ago by TriHealth ThinkFirst. TriHealth ThinkFirst provides helmets at a reduced cost through the hospital gift shops and local pediatrician offices.

TriHealth ThinkFirst has partnered with Greater Cincinnati SAFE KIDS Coalition to promote helmet access to lower-income children throughout Greater Cincinnati. Helmets are available at discounted rates through Helmets are Cool and TriHealth ThinkFirst.

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