CHSC to Host First Symposium in 2018

The Center for Health and Safety Culture has  announced the dates for its inaugural symposium.  From June 20-22, 2018, CHSC will host a symposium in Bozeman, Montana focused on “Exploring How Positive Culture Improves Health and Safety.” Attendees will learn about current research and best practices in transforming culture, by engaging in group discussion, listening to presentations in multiple formats, and creating knowledge together.  Additional information is available on the symposium website.

 

Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis: Research Published

Researchers from the Center for Health and Safety Culture have published a study in Transportation Research regarding driving under the influence of cannabis. “Cultural predictors of future intention to drive under the influence of cannabis (CUIC)” was authored by Nic Ward, Jay Otto, William Schell, Kari Finley and their research partners. In addition to identifying predictors, the article identifies strategies to address cultural perceptions about driving after using cannabis that may be effective in reducing these driving behaviors.

Citation: Ward, N., Otto, J., Schell, W., Finley, K., Kelley-Baker, T., and Lacey, J. (2017). Cultural predictors of future intention to drive under the influence of cannabis. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. Volume 49 (August): pp 215-225.

Katie Dively Presents at National Prevention Conference

Katie Dively of the Center for Health and Safety Culture was invited to speak at the 30th National Prevention Conference in Anaheim, CA on September 12, 2017.  She presented the results of a recent CHSC study aimed at understanding safety citizenship and proposed strategies for increasing prosocial behaviors.  “Safety Citizenship” promotes the concept of instilling a sense of responsibility in everyone for enhancing the safety of others.

Nic Ward Invited to Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety

Nic Ward of the Center for Health and Safety Culture recently traveled to Wisconsin to participate in the Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety. Wisconsin is launching a Zero in Wisconsin Campaign to reduce traffic fatalities, and Nic spoke on the importance of transforming culture in order to achieve sustainable change in safe driving behavior.  You can watch his interview with a local TV station here.

Center for Health and Safety Culture announces webinar on Positive Culture Framework.

 The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) will host a webinar entitled “What is the Positive Culture Framework?” which will introduce the Center’s approach to improving health and safety at the community level.  This framework builds on the shared values, beliefs, and attitudes that already exist in a culture to promote health and safety, and uses a process that can be adapted to address any public health or safety issue. Presenter Katie Dively will share examples of how PCF has been applied in areas such as traffic safety, substance abuse, and violence prevention. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 at 12 noon (Mountain Time).  To register, click here. (Event password: chsc)

MDT Highlights WTI Research Projects

The Montana Department of Transportation selected multiple MDT/WTI collaborative research projects to highlight in its Winter 2017 Research Newsletter.  Eli Cuelho’s project to develop a standard specification for a new gravel base course design was featured on the front page (“Development of a ¾-inch Minus Base Course Type A Specification for Montana”).  The newsletter also provides an update on the Traffic Safety Culture Transportation Pooled Fund, which is a joint effort by the Center for Health and Safety Culture, WTI, MDT and nine other states.  In addition, there is a feature article about one of the Pooled Fund projects (“An Assessment of Traffic Safety Culture Related to Driving After Cannabis Use”), a study conducted by Nic Ward, Jay Otto, Kari Finleyand Kelly Green. To read the full issue of MDT’s newsletter “Solutions,” click here.