From the Director

The Center is dedicated to applying research to develop sustainable solutions to complex social problems. Our work examines the cultural influences affecting behavior to better understand how to improve health and safety.  This newsletter provides highlights of the basic and applied research we have been conducting over the past few months as well as announces our upcoming webinars and training opportunities. 

The first webinar will focus on the cultural factors associated with traffic safety citizenship, and the second will be preliminary results of a survey addressing the cultural factors associated with dating violence of high school students aged 18-20.  

Registration has also opened for our next Positive Culture Framework training October 17th-19th in San Antonio, TX. We hope to see you there.

I am very proud of the work we are doing at the Center and enjoy sharing it with you.

Free Webinar Series

The Center offers a series of free webinars designed to support your efforts to improve health and safety. For more information or to register for any event listed below, please visit our Webinars page.

Thursday, February 16th - Traffic Safety Citizenship
11 am PT / noon MT / 1 pm CT / 2pm ET

Traffic safety citizenship behaviors are discretionary, extra-role behaviors that contribute to the individual and collective safety of all road users. Traditional efforts to reduce risky or unhealthy behaviors have been to affect change within the persons engaging in those behaviors. Traffic safety citizenship is a strategic shift focusing on engagement of the larger majority of safe road users to influence the behaviors of the smaller group engaging in risky behaviors. Conceptually, safety citizenship behaviors support the safety of others by voicing opinions, intervening to help others, reporting unsafe situations, staying informed, initiating change, and being a steward for existing safety programs (Hofmann et al. 2003; Didla et al. 2009). The concept of safety citizenship was developed within the context of groups of individuals within organizations, and has been fostered in workplaces to improve safety (Didla et al. 2009). Traffic safety citizenship extends safety citizenship beyond the workplace as a strategy to empower the vast majority of safe road users engaging in prosocial behaviors to impact the smaller group of road users engaging in risky behaviors.

Join us for a 1-hour webinar on a recent project studying traffic safety citizenship.
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Thursday, May 11th - Summary of Dating Violence Survey
11 am PT / noon MT / 1 pm CT / 2pm ET

Intimate partner violence is a major health concern. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted in 2010 found that more than 1 in 3 women (36%) and more than 1 in 4 men (29%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. The 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported that 10% of high school students (12% of females, 7% of males) experienced physical dating violence in the past 12 months, and 16% of females and 5% of males experienced sexual dating violence.

The Center for Health and Safety Culture conducted an internet-based survey of high school students aged 18 to 20 from across the country. We asked about their experiences with harassing behaviors (e.g., having someone repeatedly contact them to see where they were or who they were with, making mean or hurtful comments to them, spreading rumors about them), aggressive behaviors (e.g., making threatening or aggressive comments, trying to get them to talk about sex when they did not want to, and asking them to do something sexual that they did not want to do), and violent behaviors (e.g., physically hurting them or forcing them to do sexual things that they did not want to do). We asked about their perception of harm, sense of disapproval, and sense of acceptance for these behaviors. We also asked about how they perceived others (e.g., most boys and most girls in their school) felt about these behaviors. Finally, we asked about their willingness to intervene with a friend who was experiencing these behaviors.

Please join us for a brief webinar sharing the preliminary results of this survey. The Center is interested in working with schools seeking to grow bystander engagement to speak up and address dating violence.
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Center Annual Training Registration Open

The Positive Culture Framework training will be held October 17th-19th in San Antonio, TX at the Hotel Indigo Riverwalk. This 2.5 day training will provide participants with an understanding of how culture influences behavior, how we can cultivate cultural transformation, and the benefits of a comprehensive, positive approach.

Please visit our Training page to learn more
or if you're ready register now!
Riverwalk Photo by Stuart Dee 

Who We Are

Jamie Arpin is a Research Associate at the Center. She holds a degree in Sociology from Montana State University and studied Education with Math and Coaching endorsements at Boise State University. Jamie supports the production and distribution of survey projects, recording data, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, toolkit creation and design, and technical editing. Her areas of interest include the social ecology as a framework for understanding social behavior and promoting prevention, social science, and youth health and wellness.

Jamie has spent the past 20 years actively involved in the education system. She has coached recreational and competitive youth sports for over 18 years. She has four teenage children who keep her passionately integrated with the youth community.

Debra Strachan has provided fiscal management services to the Center since July, 2010.  She previously held the same position for six years when the program was MOST of Us, based in the College of Education, Department of Health & Human Development. With over 40 years of public financial service experience, some of the duties she performs include: initiating and maintaining sponsor and procurement contracts; establishing, managing, and analyzing fiscal systems associated with Center projects; ensuring compliance with Montana State University policies; and providing various human resource essentials. She is strongly supportive of the interdisciplinary Center’s work to help others improve health and safety by understanding and cultivating cultural transformation. 

Deb and her husband, Gordon have been married since 1975, resided in Bozeman since 1990, and raised two sons, Gordon and Carl, who are settled in Montana with families of their own.

Where We Have Been

The Center staff provides onsite trainings and presentations across the country. Here is a look at where we have been in the last three months.

Interested in a presentation or training?  Please contact us or visit our Training page to learn more.