TFGKC VIP’s
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Program Highlights

  • ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City was founded in 1987 and is a program of The Research Foundation.
  • Founding neurosurgeon and sponsoring physician - Robert A. Morantz, MD.
  • The chapter has 11 VIP speakers and 6 LEAD speakers who deliver more than 200 school-based programs reaching more than 50,000 youth annually.
  • Chapter staff members serve on the Greater Kansas City Regional Destination Safe Coalition.
  • ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City was named 2008 Chapter of the Year by the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation.
  • ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City was awarded in 2014 with the Tempe Humphrey Youth Safety Award by Missouri's Coalition for Roadway Safety. The Tempe Humphrey award is a statewide award recognizing an individual or group who has made a significant impact in the area of youth or teen safety.
  • The Young Traffic Offender Program (YTOP) was established in Greater Kansas City to offer  Judges through Kansas City metro area circuit and municipal courts a way to deter young people from speeding, driving impaired, driving distracted and other driving related offenses. The program is attended by drivers ages 15 to 24.  In partnership with Research Medical Center and Centerpoint Medical Center, a total of 25 YTOP program are conducted annually reaching over 600 youth.
  • RoadWise is a free program for young drivers 14-17, emphasizing the importance of wearing a seat belt, making good decisions behind the wheel and not driving distracted. Participants follow the path they would take after being seriously injured in a car crash by visiting the Emergency Room, Radiology, Intensive Care and Physical Therapy. Lunch is spent with young people who have sustained a brain or spinal cord injury as a result of a motor vehicle crash. They share their stories and stress the importance of making safe decisions while driving. The Missouri Highway Patrol presents their experiences working crash sites on Missouri roads.  This class is presented at Research Medical Center and Centerpoint Medical Center.
  • ThinkFirst about Falls is a program aimed at helping older adults (or any adult at risk for falls) recognize their risk factors for falls, and implement strategies to prevent falls.  Falls in the home are one of the top causes of injuries among older adults.

Cynthia A. Randozzo

Cynthia A. Randozzo

Co-Director

Rose A. Simone

Rose A. Simone

Co-Director

Charlotte Melson

Charlotte Melson

Coordinator