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Together for Life - Utah

Together for Life Utah is increasing seat belt use in Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Iron, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, and Uintah Counties.

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Washakie County Social Norms Marketing Campaign

A social norms marketing campaign for reducing underage drinking among high school students in Washakie County, WY.

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The Role of Research in the Development of Effective Strategies

We develop strategies that transform culture to improve health and safety in organizations and communities. The development of these strategies is based on scientific research to ensure they are valid and effective.

Given the diversity of communities, there are rarely existing solutions that fit the unique culture of a community. Instead, efforts to improve health and safety in a community need to begin with research to understand the local culture and analyze its effect on behavior.

Our research is designed in partnership with the communities we serve to ensure we are addressing the social issues that are most important to them. Such partnerships ensure that the strategies we propose from this research are relevant and supported by these communities.


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  • Substance Misuse
  • Traffic Safety

Traffic Safety Culture Transportation Pooled Fund (TSC TPF) Phase 2 Support

The Center serves as the support agency to the second TSC-TPF program on Traffic Safety Culture.  The program represents a group of DOTs and/or other organizations with a vested interest in bolstering the concept and understanding of “culture” in traffic safety while supporting the “Toward Zero Deaths (TZD)” safety initiative. TSC-TPF was established by a group of U.S. states […]

NCRRS Rural Traffic Safety Culture

The Center for Health and Safety Culture developed tools and provided guidance for two rural communities to develop a localized action plan and begin implementing that plan to grow positive traffic safety culture.  Sponsor: US Federal Highway Administration Start Date: 12/01/2019 End Date: 05/31/2021 PI: Otto

Transforming Safety Culture to Achieve the “Towards Zero Deaths” Vision

The Center for Health and Safety Culture provided research services and administered the North Dakota Department of Transportation Safety Culture Training which encouraged new resources and novel strategies to work towards the elimination of fatal and serious injury crashes. Project title: ND DOT Safety culture Cohort Project Yr1-Yr4 Sponsor: North Dakota Department of Transportation Start […]

Montana Parent PFS2 (

The Center for Health and Safety Culture will implement and enhance services already through Parenting Montana project by focusing on those in a parenting role with children a higher-risk for the misuse of substances including underage drinking. In particular, the project will include developing additional tools and resources for Montana’s Prevention system to engage foster […]

Epidemiological Summary of Montana Young Adults

The Center for Health and Safety Culture partnered with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in their efforts to cultivate a positive, healthy culture among young adults ages 18 to 24 in Montana. Specifically, this project provided a better understanding of the substance misuse and mental health issues impacting young adults as […]

Strengthen Montana’s Families and Keep Children Safe

The Center for Health and Safety Culture partnered with Montana Children’s Trust Fund to develop a media campaign to strengthen families in Montana and keep children safe from abuse and neglect. Specifically, this project created communication resources to promote safe, stable, and nurturing environments as we as specific strategies to reduce abusive head trauma to […]

Creating a Target Zero Culture in Companies by Reducing Workplace Distracted Driving

The Center for Health and Safety Culture implemented and evaluated a culture-based intervention to address distracted driving in the workplace consistent with Washington state laws. The main goal was to transform traffic safety culture within workplaces around the Target Zero priority of distracted driving, resulting in a workplace transformation that would embrace the values and […]

Engaging Families to Improve Early Childhood Development in Montana

The Center for Health and Safety Culture worked with the early childhood system in Montana to develop tools and capacity to use the tools to engage families and caregivers in best practices to foster early learning and development and health among their children. Project title: MT Early Childhood (Engaging Families to Improve Early Childhood Development […]

Utah Rural Positive Culture Framework Seat Belt Project


The Highway Safety Office of the Department of Public Safety for the State of Utah and the Center for Health and Safety Culture engaged in a project to address the significant disparities that exist between urban and rural rates of seat belt use among citizens of Utah.  This project sought to improve rural traffic safety […]

Guidance to Promote Workplace Policies and Family rules to Reduce Cell Phone Use While Driving and Promote Engaged Driving

In partnership with the Montana Department of Transportation, the Center for Health and Safety identified strategies for families and workplaces that foster engaged driving. This project sought to answer three core questions 1) How do expectations within families and workplaces influence cell phone use while driving, 2) What beliefs and attitudes need to shift to […]

Washington Traffic Safety Culture

The Center for Health and Safety Culture worked with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to more fully incorporate drivers’ traffic safety culture beliefs into planning and implementation of traffic safety programs and development of traffic safety messages. Sponsor: Washington Traffic Safety Commission Start Date: 06/01/17 End Date: 06/30/19 PI: Ward

Traffic Safety Culture and Impaired Driving

Cannabis use by U.S. adults has increased by 50% over the last decade, and over the same period, cannabis use by drivers has increased by an estimated 8 -12%. Cannabis impairs psychomotor functions that can impair driving ability, which in turn may increase crash risk. As a result, drug-impaired driving is a growing traffic concern. While traditional approaches […]