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The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) is committed to working with communities to transform culture so that healthy and safe behaviors are sustainable. To be effective using culture as a basis for promoting health and safety across multiple domains, health and safety practitioners and advocates need to be aware of current research and best practices in transforming culture. Recognizing this need, the Center for Health and Safety Culture is initiating an annual symposium intended to support the evolution of science and practice in creating a positive culture to sustain safe and healthy choices.

Rather than choosing a traditional conference format where speakers and experts share information with attendees, the 2018 CHSC symposium is designed in a way that allows attendees to have the opportunity to engage in group discussion, listen to presentations in multiple formats, and create knowledge together. Although there are many unique definitions of a symposium, they all include gaining knowledge through interaction, conversation, and partnerships.


Important Deadlines
  • June 13, 2018: Registration closed
  • Share best practice in methods of cultural transformation.
  • Understand the latest science about the relationship of culture with health and safety.
  • Explore how positive culture improves health and safety.
  • Foster new partnerships, knowledge, and insights.

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Day One – June 20, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

During this opening session, we will create context for a rich, open, and engaging environment to explore how positive culture improves health and safety.
Culture: The Context to Improve Health and Safety
In-Depth Session
In this session, we will begin by introducing a strong foundation for the Symposium by exploring the meaning of “culture” and its importance to sustaining healthy and safe behaviors. Together, we will explore ways to understand culture and its influence on behavioral choices within the social environment. Examining culture allows us to connect with existing values and shift certain beliefs and attitudes to reduce risky behaviors and grow protective behaviors, which we define as a “positive culture.”
Communication: A Catalyst for Growing Positive Culture
In-Depth Session
This session will engage attendees in developing a deeper understanding of how communication can be used as a catalyst to improve health and safety. Communication includes a variety of methods ranging from mass media campaigns to leveraging the power of individual voices.
“Don’t Tell Me What to Do”: Exploring the Role of Psychological Reactance
Emerging Ideas
Psychological reactance is a negative reaction triggered by a perception that something or someone is impinging on an individual’s autonomy and freedoms. This reaction can impede efforts to improve health and safety on many issues including traffic safety (“don’t tell me to wear a seat belt”), prevention (“don’t tell me what to do”), and violence (“don’t tell me how to act”). During this session, we will introduce the concept and ways to quiet the negative responses.

Day Two – June 21, 2018 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Moving Beyond Bystander Engagement: Growing Safety Citizenship to Improve Health and Safety
In-Depth Session
This session introduces safety citizenship, which seeks to involve the majority of people engaging in safe behaviors to influence the smaller group engaging in risky behaviors. Safety citizenship requires creating a culture that values “our safety” and empowers early identification of potential risk, being proactive, and bystander engagement.
“Don’t Just Look for Your Lost Keys Under the Street Light”: Engaging Workplaces to Improve Health and Safety
Emerging Ideas
Often, efforts to improve health and safety focus on reaching children in schools. While this strategy is important, it neglects the need to address the behaviors of adults. Workplaces provide an important opportunity to engage adults about health and safety behaviors. This session will explore interventions designed for workplaces as opportunities to expand our portfolio of strategies to improve health and safety.
The Importance of Social and Emotional Skills to Improve Health and Safety
In-Depth Session
Social and emotional skills include caring about others, making good decisions, behaving ethically and responsibly, developing positive relationships, and avoiding negative behaviors. Bolstering social and emotional skills can improve a wide-variety of safety and health-related outcomes. During this session, we will explore the important and powerful effects of social and emotional learning to improve health and safety.
“Shhh … Let’s Not Talk About That Now”: Stigma – A Barrier to Progress
Emerging Ideas
Many people in need of services do not access them because of perceived stigma. Understanding stigma and methods to reduce it are important for our efforts to grow a culture that supports health and safety for everyone. We will explore the meaning of stigma, how it is manifested, and ways to address it.

Day Three – June 22, 2018 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Specific Leadership Skills to Grow a Positive Culture
In-Depth Session
Improving health and safety and transforming culture are acts of leadership. But what leadership skills are necessary to support and sustain effective actions? This session will explore different leadership skills that are important to cultural transformation applicable to a variety of settings.
Collective Conversation: A Powerful Tool to Move Forward
During this closing session, we engage in purposeful dialogue to gather the wisdom shared over the previous days and identify opportunities and needs for the future.
Hotel Information
The Lark – Bozeman 
122 W Main St
Bozeman, MT 59715
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, walkable to all the best shops, restaurants, and the Symposium venue, the Lark is a hub for a quintessential Bozeman hotel experience. While our room block with the Lark has expired, they may still be able to provide discounted rates to our Symposium attendees. For those seeking reservations at the Lark, please call the front desk at 1-866-464-1000 and request the MSU Health and Safety group rate to see if they are able to provide a room discount. 

The following includes other lodging options in Bozeman for reference. Please note that we do not have room blocks at any of these places.

Treasure State Hostel
27 E. Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 624-6244
(0.1 miles from Symposium venue, $)

Western Heritage Inn
1200 E. Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-8534
(0.9 miles from Symposium venue, $$)

Lewis and Clark Motel
824 W. Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-3341
(0.5 miles from Symposium venue, $$$)

Holiday Inn Bozeman
5 Baxter Ln.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-4561
(1.5 miles from Symposium venue, $$$)

Days Inn and Suites Bozeman
1321 N. 7th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 414-6115
(1.4 miles from Symposium venue, $$$)

Best Western Plus GranTree Inn
1325 N. 7th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-5261
(1.4 miles from Symposium venue, $$$)

Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman
1023 Baxter Ln.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-8180
(1.8 miles from Symposium venue, $$$$)

Element Bozeman
25 E. Mendenhall St.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 582-4972
(0.3 miles from Symposium venue, $$$$)

Airbnb in Bozeman, Montana
Venue Information
The Baxter is a historic landmark built in 1929 that has been renovated to include all of the finest amenities while still maintaining the elegant craftsmanship of the original building architecture. The hotel has been renovated to include a restaurant, Ted’s Montana Grill, and beautiful event space. The 2018 CHSC Symposium will take place is the Grand Ballroom of the Baxter. Centrally appointed on the Mezzanine level, the Grand Ballroom complements the 2018 Symposium well. The Baxter Hotel is conveniently located across the street from The LARK Hotel.
The Baxter
105 West Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59715
 (406) 582-1000
Travel & Local Attractions

Bozeman, Montana is a picturesque, western town nestled between four mountain ranges and located 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. A paradise for all, Bozeman boasts easy access to world-class fishing, hiking, rafting, dining, and much more. The town offers a charming downtown area with a surprisingly vibrant cultural scene. Bozeman is a one-stop experience for our 2018 Symposium attendees. Visit the following websites to find out more on what Bozeman has to offer. 

Bozeman Convention & Visitor’s Bureau:

Downtown Bozeman:

The Streamline Bus offers fare-free service throughout the Bozeman area to fulfill everyone’s transportation needs. The bus system provides weekday service, Saturday service, and even a late-night service that runs Thursday through Saturday. For routes and schedules, visit
There are two ride-sharing services offered in Bozeman: Uber and Lyft. Both services provide an affordable, convenient way to get around town and the surrounding area. To begin, download either app on your mobile device. 
See Uber’s website here. See Lyft’s website here
Walk & Bike
June is a great month to get out-and-about in Bozeman and take advantage of the beautiful summer weather. A network of town trails allows our attendees to actively commute to their destinations. Click on the link to view an interactive map of the trails in and around town:
Bozeman International Airport is just under 10 miles away from downtown Bozeman. Click on the link to the airport website, which provides information on flights and ground transportation such as rental cars and airport shuttles, among other information:
  • Standard Registration ($775) ended June 13, 2018, at 11:59 PM
  • The last day to cancel and receive a refund (less a $25 management fee) is May 30, 2018, at 11:59 PM
  • No-shows and cancellations after May 30, 2018 will be charged the full conference rate.  If payment has not been received at the time of the cancellation, the registrant will be invoiced for the full amount.
Registration cost includes the following:
  • Attendee welcome package
  • Morning snacks for three days
  • Afternoon snacks for two days
  • All-day beverages for three days
  • Lunch provided on days one & two
  • Materials for three days
Continuing Education Credits:
logoThe Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University is a designated provider for continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).
12.5 entry-level CECH in health education from NCHEC are available at the 2018 Symposium for an additional $10.
Non-specific continuing education credits from Montana State University’s Academic Technology and Outreach Office are available for an additional $25.


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