The Center for Health and Safety Culture 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's Symposium intends to support the evolution of science and practice in creating a positive culture to sustain safe and healthy choices.
The Symposium is a biennial event 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.
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The 2018 Symposium hosted just under 50 professionals and advocates from many health and safety fields including traffic safety, substance misuse, violence prevention, and marketing, among others. The event was kept small to allow for rich conversation and application to issues attendees faced in their everyday work. Attendees traveled all the way from the Northern Mariana Islands to Maryland and from Canada to Florida.