2018 Winter Newsletter
The first Center for Health & Safety Culture Symposium
  • Explore How Positive Culture Improves Health & Safety
2018 Positive Culture Framework Training
Upcoming Webinars
  • Leadership, Communication, and Integration Skills
  • The Science of Stigma: What We Know About Stigma and What We Can Do To Eliminate It
  • What is the Positive Culture Framework?
Other News
Explore How Positive Culture Improves Health & Safety
The first CHSC Symposium is a 2.5-day event filled with opportunities to share best practice in methods of cultural transformation; understand the latest science about the relationship of culture with health and safety; explore how positive culture improves health and safety; and foster new partnerships, knowledge, and insights. The Symposium will bring together individuals working at the community, state, tribal, and federal level to address health and safety, including public health professionals, substance abuse specialists, traffic safety professionals, and violence prevention professionals, among many others. This event is not only an opportunity for attendees to gain knowledge through interaction and discussion, but it is also an opportunity for attendees to share and connect with others.
Symposium Agenda
Day One – June 20, 2018 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

During this opening session, we will create context for a rich, open, and engaging environment to explore how positive culture improves health and safety.

Culture: The Context to Improve Health and Safety
In-Depth Session
In this session, we will begin by introducing a strong foundation for the Symposium by exploring the meaning of "culture" and its importance to sustaining healthy and safe behaviors. Together, we will explore ways to understand culture and its influence on behavioral choices within the social environment. Examining culture allows us to connect with existing values and shift certain beliefs and attitudes to reduce risky behaviors and grow protective behaviors, which we define as a "positive culture."

Communication: A Catalyst for Growing Positive Culture
In-Depth Session
This session will engage attendees in developing a deeper understanding of how communication can be used as a catalyst to improve health and safety. Communication includes a variety of methods ranging from mass media campaigns to leveraging the power of individual voices.

"Don't Tell Me What to Do": Exploring the Role of Psychological Reactance
Emerging Ideas
Psychological reactance is a negative reaction triggered by a perception that something or someone is impinging on an individual's autonomy and freedoms. This reaction can impede efforts to improve health and safety on many issues including traffic safety ("don't tell me to wear a seat belt"), prevention ("don't tell me what to do"), and violence ("don't tell me how to act"). During this session, we will introduce the concept and ways to quiet the negative responses.
Day Two – June 21, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Moving Beyond Bystander Engagement: Growing Safety Citizenship to Improve Health and Safety
In-Depth Session
This session introduces safety citizenship, which seeks to involve the majority of people engaging in safe behaviors to influence the smaller group engaging in risky behaviors. Safety citizenship requires creating a culture that values "our safety" and empowers early identification of potential risk, being proactive, and bystander engagement.

"Don't Just Look for Your Lost Keys Under the Street Light": Engaging Workplaces to Improve Health and Safety
Emerging Ideas
Often, efforts to improve health and safety focus on reaching children in schools. While this strategy is important, it neglects the need to address the behaviors of adults. Workplaces provide an important opportunity to engage adults about health and safety behaviors. This session will explore interventions designed for workplaces as opportunities to expand our portfolio of strategies to improve health and safety.

The Importance of Social and Emotional Skills to Improve Health and Safety
In-Depth Session
Social and emotional skills include caring about others, making good decisions, behaving ethically and responsibly, developing positive relationships, and avoiding negative behaviors. Bolstering social and emotional skills can improve a wide-variety of safety and health-related outcomes. During this session, we will explore the important and powerful effects of social and emotional learning to improve health and safety.

"Shhh ... Let's Not Talk About That Now": Stigma - A Barrier to Progress
Emerging Ideas
Many people in need of services do not access them because of perceived stigma. Understanding stigma and methods to reduce it are important for our efforts to grow a culture that supports health and safety for everyone. We will explore the meaning of stigma, how it is manifested, and ways to address it.
Day Three – June 22, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Specific Leadership Skills to Grow a Positive Culture
In-Depth Session
Improving health and safety and transforming culture are acts of leadership. But what leadership skills are necessary to support and sustain effective actions? This session will explore different leadership skills that are important to cultural transformation applicable to a variety of settings.

Collective Conversation: A Powerful Tool to Move Forward
During this closing session, we engage in purposeful dialogue to gather the wisdom shared over the previous days and identify opportunities and needs for the future.
Travel and Local Attractions
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Bozeman, Montana is a picturesque, western town nestled between four mountain ranges and located north of Yellowstone National Park. A paradise for all, Bozeman boasts easy access to world-class fishing, hiking, rafting, dining, and much more. The town offers a charming downtown area with a surprisingly vibrant cultural scene. Bozeman is a one-stop experience for our 2018 Symposium attendees.
Main Street to the Mountains
The downtown district in Bozeman features eight blocks of unique shops, local restaurants, and community events that create the one-of-a kind atmosphere. Main Street has over 15 coffee shops and breakfast restaurants and over 12 lunch and dinner restaurants that accommodate all kinds of tastes and preferences. The Rialto Theater, Ellen Theater, and Bozeman’s community summer event “Music on Main” add live music and shows to the scene. Outdoor enthusiasts can find hiking, biking, rafting, and sight-seeing adventures only a few minutes from Main Street. 

Yellowstone National Park
America's first national park is only 90 miles south of Bozeman. Park visitors can discover all of the mountains, forests, lakes, and wildlife that the area has to offer and witness nature’s unique artistry through the park's colorful hot springs, mud pots, and geysers.
The Streamline Bus offers fare-free service throughout the Bozeman area. The bus system provides weekday service, Saturday service, and even a late-night service running Thursday through Saturday.

Uber and Lyft are two ride-sharing services offered in Bozeman. Both services provide an affordable, convenient way to get around town and the surrounding area.

Walk & Bike
June is a great month to get out-and-about in Bozeman and take advantage of the beautiful summer weather. A network of town trails allows our attendees to actively commute to their destinations.

Bozeman International Airport is just under 10 miles away from downtown Bozeman. Click on the link to the airport website, which provides information on flights and ground transportation such as rental cars and airport shuttles, among other information: https://bozemanairport.com .
Hotel Information
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown and within walking distance of all the best shops, restaurants, and the Symposium venue, The LARK is a hub for a quintessential Bozeman hotel experience. With an outdoor wood-burning fireplace and open-air patio overlooking Main Street, the hotel helps guests experience the best of Bozeman. The LARK is offering our Symposium attendees a group rate of $160.65 (+ tax) on June 18-21, and $177.65 (+ tax) on June 22. Request the MSU Health & Safety group rate when making reservations. Space is limited.

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Venue Information
The Baxter is a historic landmark built in 1929 that has been renovated to include all of the finest amenities while maintaining the elegant craftsmanship of the original building architecture. The hotel has been renovated to include a restaurant, Ted’s Montana Grill, and beautiful event space. The 2018 CHSC Symposium will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Baxter. Centrally appointed on the Mezzanine level, the Grand Ballroom complements the 2018 Symposium well. The Baxter Hotel is conveniently located across the street from The LARK Hotel.
Last day for early registration price is May 20, 2018.
Space is limited.
2018 Positive Culture Framework Training
Positive Culture Framework (PCF) is an approach based on our latest research about improving health and safety in our communities and organizations. PCF seeks to cultivate health and safety. We intentionally use the word “cultivate” because PCF builds on shared values, beliefs, and attitudes that already exist in a culture to promote health and safety. PCF builds on the recognition that the solutions are in the community. The training initiates the development of your skills in three critical areas: leadership, communication, and the integration of effective strategies. Participants will leave with specific next steps for implementing this process and transforming culture to achieve community health and safety goals.

Find out more on our Positive Culture Framework here.

Our 2.5 day PCF Training provides a foundation for efforts to improve health and safety addressing a wide variety of issues including (but not limited to) substance abuse, traffic safety, and violence prevention. Participants leave with an understanding of how culture influences behavior, how we can cultivate cultural transformation, and the benefits of a comprehensive, positive approach.
Upcoming PCF Training Details
Date: September 25-27, 2018
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Venue: Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District

For more information on hotel and venue information and registration details, visit https://chsculture.org/training/
Take advantage of our Free Webinar Series!
Leadership, Communication, and Integration Skills Webinar
February 15th, 2018 | 11 AM (MST)
Join CHSC Research Scientist II and Senior Trainer, Katie Dively, M.S., CHES, in a free webinar on our Positive Culture Framework’s leadership, communication, and integration skills. Improving our skills helps us be more effective in our prevention efforts. Three critical skills include prevention leadership, communication, and the integration of prevention strategies. Strong leaders create conditions where people choose to be healthier and safer. Communication helps us correct misperceptions, address cultural factors, and tell a new story about our community. Integration of our efforts seeks to align and leverage strategies for greater impact.
The Science of Stigma: What We Know About Stigma and What We Can Do To Eliminate It
April 18th, 2018 at 12:00 PM (MDT)
Have you ever wondered: Why do some conditions get stigmatized and others don’t? How is stigma manifested? What perpetuates stigma? What can I do to reduce the negative impact of stigma?
The Center has been exploring stigma and how stigma is associated with a variety of negative social and health outcomes. Researchers of stigma commonly differentiate between three levels of stigma: public or societal stigma, personal or self-stigma, and structural stigma. Understanding stigma at these interconnected levels can help researchers and stakeholders to identify targeted anti-stigma efforts across the social ecology. In this webinar, Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Kari Finley, will discuss how stigma negatively influences a variety of health conditions and how we can reduce stigma in our work to improve health and safety.
What is the Positive Culture Framework?
May 9, 2018 at 12 PM (MDT)
The Positive Culture Framework (PCF) is the Center’s approach to improving health and safety in communities and organizations based on our latest research. The approach seeks to cultivate health and safety by providing detailed steps and addressing leadership, communication, and integration skills to successfully navigate the process. PCF builds on the recognition that the solutions are in the community. Join CHSC Principal Scientist, Jay Otto, M.S., in this webinar to learn more about our Positive Culture Framework and how it works.
Other News
Since the Fall 2017 newsletter, the Center has been a part of many informative and engaging events. Here’s where we have been in the past few months:
  • On Monday, December 13th, 2017, CHSC Research Scientist II and Senior Trainer, Katie Dively, M.S., CHES, presented a webinar on Social Norms Communication Campaigns. Watch the recorded webinar here.
  • Members of the Center's staff traveled to the following locations for hosted trainings and project meetings:
  • St. Mary's, GA
  • Washington D.C.
  • Rye, NY
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Baltimore, ML
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Parkersburg, WV
  • We attended the 2018 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in early January. Center Director, Dr. Nic Ward, discussed his research on, “A Safe System Approach to Reduce Wrong-Way Driving Crashes on Divided Highways by Applying Access Management and Traffic Safety Culture,” at a poster session on Network Considerations of Access Management.
  • CHSC and Western Transportation Institute (WTI) staff participated together in a five-week long Facilitative Leadership workshop hosted by Prevention Specialist, Tara Kuipers. Facilitation skills can be considered core competencies for leaders, essential for achieving results.
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