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)
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 Finley, and Kelly Green. To read the full issue of MDT’s newsletter “Solutions,” click here.
Are you a good (traffic safety) citizen? The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) has released the final report for “An Assessment of Traffic Safety Culture Related to Engagement in Efforts to Improve Traffic Safety.” Conducted in partnership with the Transportation Pooled Fund on Traffic Safety Culture, this research explored the specific aspects of traffic safety culture that predict engagement in traffic safety citizenship behaviors. Examples of “safety citizenship” behaviors include asking someone to put on a seat belt or to refrain from using a cell phone while driving. Instead of trying to reduce risky behaviors among a small group of individuals, the goal is to instill a sense of responsibility in everyone for the safety of others. The results of this project as well as information about methodology and analysis can be found in the final report.
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Understanding the Cultural Influences related to Driving After Cannabis: The Center for Health and Safety Culture completed a research project with the Transportation Pooled Fund on Traffic Safety Culture. The purpose of this research project was to understand which specific aspects of traffic safety culture predict the decision to drive under the influence of cannabis (DUIC). As more states decriminalize and legalize medical and recreational use of cannabis (marijuana), traffic safety leaders and public health advocates have growing concerns about DUIC. The results of this project help distinguish differences in culture between users and non-users of cannabis regarding traffic safety as well as provide recommendations for next steps. To review the final report, please visithttp://www.mdt.mt.gov/research/projects/cannabis-use.shtml. To watch a recording of a webinar on this subject, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBhCM7MVq3o.
The staff of the Center for Health & Safety Culture (CHSC) has been on the road this fall, providing on-site communication and Positive Culture Framework trainings to clients around the country:
· Molalla, Oregon. Katie Dively, Research Scientist II and Senior Trainer and Jay Otto, Principal Scientist facilitated a Positive Culture Framework Training with 25 traffic safety leaders in Molalla, OR. This training begins a year-long effort to improve traffic safety culture in Molalla. The Molalla Pioneer reported on the training in this news article.
· Warsaw, Indiana. Katie Dively provided a 2.5 day training on the Positive Culture Framework to 25 substance abuse prevention professionals and coalition members of the Kosciusko Cares Coalition.
· Indianapolis, Indiana. Katie Dively provided an overview of the Positive Culture Framework to 55 substance abuse and mental health grantees in the State of Indiana as well as a one-day workshop on building critical skills in prevention communication.
· Rye, New York. Katie Dively provided a one-day Positive Culture Framework Overview to 50 substance abuse prevention professionals for the ACT Coalition.
· Beckley, West Virginia. Jay Otto provided a 2.5 hour session with the Regional Education Services Agency (RESA) – Area #1 about the Positive Culture Framework (PCF). About 17 staff members attended and learned how they can utilize ideas from the PCF to bolster their efforts to create change within educational entities in their region.