Rose Simone of The Research Foundation Selected for Kansas City Region Arrive Alive Award

ThinkFirst co-director receives regional award

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Oct. 6, 2014) – Rose Simone, Co-Director of ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, has been selected to receive the Kansas City Region Arrive Alive Award for her work with the Destination Safe Coalition.

The Arrive Alive Award is awarded to an individual or group who has shown exemplary dedication and leadership in the field of highway safety.   Simone has played a leadership role in shaping the Destination Safe Coalition since 2006.

As the Co-Director of ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, Simone is passionate about spreading the ThinkFirst message of using your mind to protect your body.  ThinkFirst has been a program of The Research Foundation for eleven years and aims to reach 60,000 students in the Greater Kansas City area through age-appropriate school assemblies during the 2014-2015 school year.

“I am honored to receive the Regional Arrive Alive Award,” said Simone. “ThinkFirst strives to encourage children and adolescents to make smart decisions and help keep Kansas City roadways safe. Through community partnerships, ThinkFirst is able to spread this message to area youth.”

ThinkFirst presentations cover a variety of topics including promoting seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence. To learn more about ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City or to schedule a presentation at your school, call 816-276-4218.


About ThinkFirst: ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, was established in 1987 and provides free school based presentations to students in grades kindergarten through 12. Each year, 34,000 students in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area learn about the consequences of traumatic injuries from brain or spinal cord injury survivors. These sobering, yet motivational messages urge youth to take personal responsibility and make safe choices. The presentations cover a variety of topics including promoting seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence.

About The Research Foundation: The Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization in Kansas City, Mo. dedicated to strengthening the community and empowering people to live healthier, productive lives through its health education and scholarship programs. The Harmon Diabetes Center teaches self-management diabetes education to help patients control their diabetes and reduce the chance for life-threatening complications. The award-winning ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City injury prevention program educates area youth through free school-based assemblies aimed at helping young people prevent traumatic injuries and deaths. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students pursuing a nursing career. For more information, visit theresearchfoundationkc.org.