ThinkFirst Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating our state’s youth in the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. Through innovative classroom presentations and community outreach, their programs are designed to help young children and teens develop lifelong safety habits to avoid behaviors and situations that put them at risk.
These programs would not be possible without volunteers. This month, we spoke to volunteer Bich Tran about her experience. Thank you to Bich and all of the volunteers that contribute their time to programs like ThinkFirst!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am currently a student at Portland State University. I will be graduating this Spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies: Community.
How did you get involved with ThinkFirst?
My initial connection with ThinkFirst was through a school friend. She has been volunteering for ThinkFirst for a few months and thought it would be a good opportunity for us to work in the community together.
I currently work with the Matter of Balance Program. It was created to assist seniors with the educational tools they need to prevent falls as well as assistance after a fall.
Why did you choose to volunteer with ThinkFirst?
OHSU has always been a huge part of the community in many different health aspects and ThinkFirst has many programs that reach different individuals within the community to fill a public health need. Volunteering for ThinkFirst/OHSU gives me the opportunity to learn and connect with people through education and experiences.
What programs have you been involved with?
What are your plans for the future?
I want to be able to work with another organization that also focuses on the individual needs within public health in the near future. If we can reach more individuals through our prevention programs in public health, the health of the nation as well as the cost of health care may be minimized.
If you could pick one safety tip to share with our readers, what would it be?
Wearing the right helmet may help minimize injuries in a street or sport accident.