2017 Fall Newsletter
Inside This Issue:
  • Guide Service: Moving From Knowledge to Practice
  • Webinar Series: Social Norms Communication Campaigns
  • Webinar Series: Leadership, Communication, and Integration- PCF Skills
  • CHSC Invited to Speak at International Conference
  • 2017 CHSC Travels
  • The First Center for Health & Safety Culture Symposium
Guide Service: Moving From Knowledge to Practice

Communities often find that ongoing support and guidance from our specialists at the Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) contribute to their success. Our work and experience has shown that cultural transformation can be tough and unexpected challenges often arise. Guide service helps communities and organizations successfully navigate the change process. Our guide service offers a trained personal consultant to support the cultural transformation of communities and organizations. Through monthly coordination and correspondence, our guide becomes familiar with specific projects and assists with the transformation process. A guide is available to provide feedback on leadership development, implementing communication efforts, and managing prevention strategies at the local level.

Guide service is offered to an individual leader (e.g., a community coalition coordinator, an organizational leader, etc.) to enhance their skills as well as to assist with the application of the Positive Culture Framework (PCF) for their prevention efforts. The service gives the client access to feedback from our entire staff as well as our affiliated faculty at Montana State University. Service is provided through a one-year contract that can be renewed annually. Communication is an important part of guide service. There is a suggested minimum of one monthly telephone call and unlimited email assistance from our guide. An executive summary report of progress and recommended next steps is provided at the end of a contract.
Important Aspects
We have found that continual support and coaching is often a missing piece in prevention efforts; yet, it is really helpful when trying to apply new knowledge from a PCF training or when trying to build the capacity of others in a coalition or organization. The support provided by guide service is tailored to the community or organization’s needs. We understand that each community or organization is unique, so the pace is determined by the client with the goal of moving forward.

Key Benefits
Guide service is reassuring for a leader as a way to discuss ideas and talk through particular situations taking place in the community or organization. A guide provides expertise from a background of working with many communities, organizations, and states. Clients often want a little extra motivation to take their prevention efforts to the next level. A guide provides those prompts to keep stakeholders engaged. In addition to personal assistance with the PCF journey, guide service provides access to an exclusive interactive website called the Community of Practice. The Community of Practice is an opportunity for clients to share media, stories of transformation, ask questions, download tools, and engage with other communities that are involved in PCF projects.
“Very easy to work with and understand."

“I always felt as though I was one of [the guide’s] only clients when in fact I knew she was working with many clients. That was special to me.”
Client Survey & Evaluation
In 2015, Montana State University graduate students surveyed past and current clients and evaluated our guide service to better understand how it works and identify ways it could be improved. Clients who responded to the survey had very positive personal experiences with their guide. The survey identified that 100% of respondents reported that their leadership skills improved during their guide service term, and 100% of respondents used the skills developed through guide service in their prevention efforts.

Watch our “What is Guide Service,” webinar for further information or details.

If you are interested in our guide service, please call us at (406) 994-7873 or email us at mail@CHSCulture.org to set up a brief meeting to discuss your community or organization’s needs.
Webinar Series: Social Norms Communication Campaigns
December 13th, 2017 | 12:00 PM (MST)
Please join us for a communication skills webinar, which utilizes social norms theory for behavior change. As a part of this webinar, participants will learn best practices for social norms marketing campaigns including a simplified behavior model and a seven-step process for developing effective communication. Participants will leave the webinar with a better understanding of what is required to implement an effective campaign in their community on a variety of topic areas.
Webinar Series: Leadership, Communication, and Integration – PCF Skills
February 15th, 2018 | 12 PM (MST)
Improving our skills helps us be more effective in our prevention efforts. Three critical skills include 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 seek to align and leverage strategies for greater impact. Join us for this free webinar providing an overview of each of these essential prevention skills.
CHSC Invited to Present at International Conference in Spain
A Center for Health and Safety Culture Research Scientist, Dr. Kari Finley, has been selected to present at the Thirteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Granada, Spain in July 2018. Her presentation, "Understanding the Culture of Traffic Safety Citizenship," will highlight exciting new research from the Center. Attendees will learn about traffic safety citizenship, cultural factors predictive of pro-social traffic safety behaviors, and ways to grow citizenship behaviors.
2017 CHSC Travels
The Center has traveled near and far in 2017 to attend conferences, meetings, and to help communities and organizations improve their health and safety with our Positive Culture Framework (PCF) trainings. The following map represents our 2017 travels.
We also had the opportunity to participate in European conferences.
Wherever we are in the world, our work is grounded in the latest science and embraces a cultural methodology. This approach helps us provide communities and organizations with the proper tools to influence positive transformation through our PCF trainings. Our framework applies to a wide variety of health and safety issues, including substance abuse prevention, traffic safety, violence prevention, and many others.

If you are interested in having us speak at an event in your area or provide a training to your community or organization, please call us at (406) 994-7873 or email mail@CHSCulture.org. Please visit our website at www.chsculture.org/training for further information.
June 20-22, 2018
Bozeman, MT
We are initiating our first symposium, which intends to support the evolution of science and practice in creating a positive culture to sustain safe and healthy choices. For more details and to register, please visit our website here: CHSC Symposium Webpage.
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