2023 ThinkFirst Virtual Conference

Welcome to the 2023 ThinkFirst Conference on Injury Prevention

Don't just fly . . . SOAR!

Elevating your injury prevention programs

March 7-8, 2023

Don’t just fly . . . SOAR! Elevating your injury prevention programs, the annual conference of ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation is the premier injury prevention conference to learn about best practice opportunities, develop evidence-based injury prevention programs, and learn from professionals in the field to ELEVATE your injury prevention program to new heights.

Unintentional injuries continue to be the fifth leading cause of death overall, and the leading cause of death for those under 35 years of age. Community education is needed to reduce the number of deaths and injuries related to preventable causes. Unintentional injuries contribute to more years of potential life lost than any other cause of death in 2020; These include poisoning, motor vehicle crashes, suffocation, drowning, and falls. Community education on prevention continues to be needed in every community.


This activity will provide learners with new evidence-based strategies to implement in their community injury prevention programs based on the leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths in the United States. Topics will include teen safe driving, suicide prevention, suicide risk identification, mental health first aid, E-scooter injury prevention, telehealth for injury prevention, and more.

Why attend?

  • Experience live keynotes, interactive panel discussions from survivors of traumatic injuries, tech tips and so much more.
  • Learn how to implement a variety of injury prevention programs in your community and the best practices for presenting these programs virtually. 
  • Hear from nationally recognized thought leaders.
  • Learn about the latest trends, research, and cutting-edge programs that can be put into practice in your state/community.
  • Build a national network of injury prevention professionals.
  • Earn nursing contact hours
  • Expand knowledge in the field of Injury Prevention.
  • Encourage and disseminate injury prevention research 
  • Share information about innovative injury prevention best practices.

Who should attend?

  • Injury Prevention Professionals
  • Trauma Coordinators
  • Physicians & Nurses
  • Residents & Physicians In Training
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Medical Students
  • Community Leaders
  • Educators
  • EMS Personnel
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Fighters

Conference Schedule 



ThinkFirst Members $150.00

Buy One Get One  from January 4 - 11, 2023

Non-Members $200.00

Buy One Get One from January 4 - 11, 2023

Voices For Injury Prevention $50.00


Awards Nominations 

The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation Awards Program honors exceptional individuals and chapters demonstrating ThinkFirst excellence.  Use this official form to nominate those who have conducted outstanding prevention initiatives, provided innovative services beyond local program delivery, and actively support the mission and programs of ThinkFirst. Recipients will be honored at the Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

Download Nomination Form 

Email nominations forms to Kim Greene at greene@vailhealth.org

Due February 15, 2023


Approval statement for awarding contact hours: This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The requirement for learners to earn a certificate must attend 1 or more sessions, and credit commensurate with participation. Evaluations can be found on the conference website and must be completed by December 31, 2023.

Attendees can:

  • View recordings at your convenience
  • Materials are available until December 31, 2023
  • Earn 12 Nursing Contact Hours




DAY 1: March 7, 2023

Session 1 Keynote Doug Herbert's Teen Pro-Active Driving School

Session 2 Understand Health Literacy for Everyone

Session 3 Voice For Injury Prevention VIP Spotlight: Tony Hofmann

Session 4 Mental Health First Aid for ThinkFirst

Session 5 Virtual Site visit Planning your visit, presenting to the ACS and tracking tool

Session 6 Voice For Injury Prevention VIP Spotlight: Michael Jensen

Session 7 The Dual Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury

DAY 2: March 8, 2023

Session 1 Micro mobility in 2023 and beyond. Creating Tools to Prevent E-Scooter Injuries 

Session 2 Telemedicine for Primary and Secondary Injury Prevention 

Session 3 Voice For Injury Prevention (VIP) Spotlight Speaker: Kaalas Root

Session 4 ThinkFirst Program Updates 

Awards Ceremony

Session 5 Suicide Prevention Screening and Assessment of Risk in Children and Adolescents

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Session 6 Voice For Injury Prevention Spotlight: Dawn & Ryan Boyd

Session 7 What do you think Recruiting and facilitating a teen advisory board