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ThinkFirst Oregon at OHSU

Visit the organization web site: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/brain/in-community/thinkfirst/

What We Do

We are a Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program. We have fall prevention courses that we teach in the community. We also train volunteers to teach our programs in the community. We participate in many community events teaching concussion prevention, alcohol and the brain, helping kids and teens to make smart choices, and we provide bike helmets at a reduced price to community members. We go to schools throughout the Portland Metro area and give presentations that include brain anatomy, brain function, brain injury, safety, safe choices, and thinking for oneself. Our programs are grant funded and free to the public.

Opportunities for service with us

1) Event Volunteer: This requires a minimal commitment of three to five hours. This position is ideal for busy teens, college students, adults, and senior citizens, who want to interact with the public in a positive way, but are limited by time. Volunteers may play safety games or activities with youth, teach community members about preventing brain and spinal cord injury, and properly fit bike helmets to participant’s heads. English and Spanish-speaking volunteers are needed!


2) School Presenter: School presenting requires four hours of training and a six month to one year commitment. This position is ideal for college students, adults, and senior citizens. Position requirements include public speaking skills, comfort with presenting to small or large groups of kids and teens, and the desire to teach methods of injury prevention. Volunteers may cover safety topics such as brain and spinal cord anatomy, helmets, seat belts, violence prevention, or recreational activity safety

3) Program intern: This require a commitment of 40–120 hours. This is ideal for high school or college students. Position requirements vary but communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential. Additionally, interns must be self-motivated and able to work on projects with limited supervision. Volunteers may participate in a variety of projects including grant writing, curriculum design, document creation, and other special projects.

4) Fall Prevention Coach: Fall prevention coaches require eight hours of training and a commitment to an additional sixteen hours to teach a fall prevention class. Position requirements include communication and group facilitation skills, the ability to present in front of small and large groups, and the desire to work with senior citizens to help reduce the rate of falls. Coaches must be self-motivated, reliable, and able to work with a diverse population.

Preferred way to contact:
Kayt Zundel
Wallace Chan
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland , Oregon 97239 Directions
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