August 2019
Quarterly Newsletter
Augmenting to Reduce Underage Drinking and to Grow Social and Emotional Skills in Parents and Their Children
Over the past two years, in partnership with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Center for Health and Safety Culture has developed to grow a positive culture for Montana’s children and families. The Center will continue its partnership with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to further develop over the next five years. The next phases of the project will expand to include tools for foster parents and grandparents raising grandchildren, as well as tools for parents of children ages birth to four, and resources to promote parent wellness. seeks to strengthen the social and emotional skills of parents and their children contributing to healthy successful lives and reductions in risky behaviors like underage drinking. This complex, long-term project is developed using the Center’s Positive Culture Framework. The Positive Culture Framework’s 7-step process provides the structure to plan, create, and implement resources and tools for parents and those in a parenting role in Montana.
We begin the next five years by planning and advocating . We will seek to build the infrastructure within Montana to engage stakeholders in the work and to facilitate a strategic planning process. 
We will then assess the culture . Before we can develop tools and resources for parents, we must have a clear understanding of the specific needs and current culture surrounding Montana parents and those in a parenting role. Focus groups, interviews, and surveys will provide a deeper understanding of parent values, attitudes, beliefs, and the issues they face raising their children.
Based on the data collected in the cultural assessments (rather than based on perception), we will prioritize issues to guide what will be developed for The prioritization process will also include the input of social and emotional development experts, Center staff, and Montana stakeholders, so that a common frame aligns our efforts. 
A portfolio of strategies will be developed . will be expanded to include additional tools and resources for parents with corresponding media (print, radio, and video) to support their use. All aspects of the website will be pilot tested and refined with focus audiences and stakeholders before we implement the strategies on the website.
Throughout the next five years, we will work with Montana stakeholders to evaluate effectiveness and identify future needs . It is critical to pause, reflect, discuss, make meaning, and consolidate wisdom. This cultivates an ongoing cycle of development.  
Positive Culture Framework Training: Registration Closing Soon
New and Improved Sessions
There are only a few more weeks until the Positive Culture Framework (PCF) Training in Nashville, TN on September 24-26, 2019. This year, we are presenting an updated Training that includes new and improved sessions. The updated training provides attendees: additional information on using a positive approach to grow health and safety, an opportunity to directly apply the PCF to their health and safety issues, time to plan next steps after leaving the training, and tools to help build the capacity of colleagues and key stakeholders to help sustain efforts.
Key Information for 2019 Training
Venue and Hotel
The Training will take place at the Holiday Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown Convention Center (415 4 th Avenue S., Nashville, TN 37201), a newly built hotel in the heart of the city. A room block with discounted room rates is available for attendees until Monday, August 26, 2019. Space is limited.

Continuing Education Credits
All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for completing 15.25 hours of training on the Positive Culture Framework. For those seeking additional recognition for their time aside from a Certificate of Completion, we are offering:
  • Non-specific Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Montana State University for an additional $25 per person
  • Continuing Education Credit Hours (CECH) in Health Education from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. at no additional cost

The registration fee includes all sessions for 2.5 days as well as:
  • A Positive Culture Framework manual
  • Daily handouts and writing materials
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon snacks
  • All day beverages
  • Optional: CEUs (additional $25.00)
  • Optional for CHES: CECH in Health Education (no additional cost)
Nashville Training + Guide Service Bundle
The Center is offering a two-in-one bundle that includes the Positive Culture Framework Training in Nashville, TN and one year of Guide Service. The bundle offers a cost-effective option for individuals seeking to attend the Training and reserve a year of Guide Service. Learn more about the Bundle here .
Dr. Kari Finley Hosting Workshop at 2019 National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference
Dr. Kari Finley will present a workshop at the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Driving under the influence of cannabis and alcohol (DUICA) is a common poly-drug combination among drivers in fatal crashes. Given the devastating consequences associated with fatal crashes, it is imperative to address this drug trend. Dr. Finley’s session, titled, “Exploring Washington State’s Traffic Safety Culture About Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis and Alcohol,” will highlight a project to understand the driving culture in Washington State and shares how the state is making data-driven decisions to change behavior.

Welcome to the Team
Kassie Sullivan, M.S., joined the team in August as a Prevention Specialist. Kassie holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Montana and in Colorado. In her role at the Center, Kassie provides expertise in health and safety, evidence-based practices, and evaluation across multiple projects. Kassie has over 12 years of experience in the mental health and prevention fields. She has experience working with and mentoring multiple audiences in the health and safety field including other social workers and at-risk children and families. Kassie has also worked in community outreach, community education, and bereavement support services.
Karen Gee joined the CHSC team in July as a Research Associate I. Karen’s key roles at the Center include graphic design, marketing, website development, and online technical assistance. Karen also engages in planning and goal setting, content management, search engine optimization, and coordinating the Center’s social media networks. Karen has over 25 years of experience in graphic design and marketing, including over six years of experience working with the Center as a graphic designer on final reports, logos, and project website development. Karen has worked with other clients in a wide variety of markets from wildlife conservation to fashion. Karen is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Liz Croy, M.S. , joined the CHSC team this year in February as a Research Assistant III. Liz’s primary role is to code surveys. Liz obtained master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and currently serves as an Assistant Principal at the junior high level in the Boise, Idaho School District. Liz is passionate about prevention measures and working with youth in the area of public health and education. She has over 15 years of experience working in schools as a teacher and building administrator. Liz sees the need for education and accurate information to be shared with young people, so they can make healthy decisions in their lives and the lives of others.
Center Bulletin Board
On June 10 th , Katie Dively and Jay Otto presented a webinar titled, “What is the Positive Culture Framework for improving health and safety?” The webinar recording can be viewed on our YouTube channel here .
Congratulations to Steve Albert and Jeralyn Brodowy on their retirement from the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) this July. Steve served as WTI’s Executive Director and Jeralyn served as WTI’s Fiscal Manager. Thank you, Jeralyn and Steve, for your years of service! 

Congratulations to David Kack at the Western Transportation Institute for being appointed to the position of Interim Director on July 1 st . We are excited to work with David in his new position!

On July 8 th , Jay Otto presented a webinar on, “Exploring Law Enforcement Attitudes and Beliefs about Traffic Safety Enforcement.” The webinar recording can be viewed on our YouTube channel here
Montana State University News Service released a news feature about the 2019 Positive Culture Framework Training on July 15 th . View the feature here
Dr. Kari Finley presented at the CADCA mid-year Training Institute in Dallas, TX on July 15, 2019. Her presentation was titled, “Exploring Washington State’s Traffic Safety Culture About Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis and Alcohol.” was featured in Montana Standard – The Public’s Health on July 16 th . " is an incredible free resource that might just make the parenting journey a little easier. I highly recommend it." Read the article here
Katie Dively and Jay Otto traveled to Alexandria, VA for a Positive Culture Framework Training with the United States Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO).
Dr. Nic Ward will be a keynote speaker at the EU Safety Conference in Luxembourg in October 2019. Dr. Ward’s presentation is titled, "Safety Culture: Creating a Sense of Responsibility for Safety in the Population at Large.” For more information, visit the EU Safety Conference website .
Our Services
The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) is an interdisciplinary center serving communities and organizations through research, training, and support services to cultivate healthy and safe cultures. We are dedicated to applying research to develop sustainable solutions to complex social problems. Our research focuses on understanding how culture impacts behavior – especially behavior associated with health and safety. Our services include:
  • Conducting, Exchanging, and Applying Research
  • Cultural Assessments, Surveys, and Evaluation
  • Positive Culture Framework
  • Communication Skills – Social Norms Marketing
  • Leadership Skills
  • Integration Skills
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