About the Center for Health & Safety Culture

The Center for Health & Safety Culture (CHSC) is an interdisciplinary center serving communities and organizations through research, training, and support services to cultivate healthy and safe cultures. The Center is dedicated to applying research to develop sustainable solutions to complex social problems. Our research focuses on understanding how culture impacts behavior – especially behavior associated with health and safety. We have expanded beyond Positive Community Norms (PCN) to consider a broader set of cultural influences in addition to norms including values, beliefs, and attitudes. This broadly operating model to measure, analyze, and transform culture is called “Positive Culture Framework” (PCF). This framework is grounded in validated psychological models of human social behaviors related to health and safety. We address a variety of issues working with tribal, federal, state, and community agencies as well as private non-profit and for-profit organizations and companies. Current research projects include addressing substance abuse, traffic safety, child maltreatment and violence.

Sharing what we have learned with those doing the work is very important to us. Training and on-going guidance are critical components of our Center’s efforts. We provide both open trainings as well as training sessions addressing your needs delivered in your community or organization. We would like to learn what works through our research and share it with you so you can put it into practice.

We believe the solutions are in the community. A cultural approach is about cultivating health and safety across all the layers of our society or the many levels of your organization that impact the behaviors of interest. By focusing on the multiple layers of culture involved in a behavior, it is possible to create change that can be sustained over time.

Conducting, Exchanging, and Applying Research

We engage researchers across the country and around the world in our efforts to ensure we are using the most current and valid methods. Virtually all of our research is conducted in partnership with various community, state, and national organizations who are seeking to improve health and safety using cultural strategies. In each project, we apply what we have learned in the past and seek to better understand these complex issues to improve our futures.

Please contact us if you are interested in partnering on an applied research project using cultural strategies to improve health and safety at mail@CHSCulture.org or (406) 994-7873.

Cultural Assessments, Surveys, and Evaluation

A critical first step in any effort to improve health and safety by cultivating cultural transformation requires assessing the current culture. The Center provides cultural assessments, surveys, and evaluation services.

We are developing a family of surveys to assess cultural factors that influence underage drinking and youth substance abuse. These surveys are designed for students, school staff and teachers, parents, community members, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and alcohol retailers. Together, they provide a more accurate understanding of the social ecology influencing youth behaviors in a community.

As a form of applied research, the Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) has expertise in the independent and objective evaluation of health and safety programs to transform culture. We believe evaluation is a critical component of the transformation process. By evaluating process and outcomes, it is possible to not only refine programs to become more effective, but the evaluation data can support future policies about program development based on cost-benefit analyses.

Positive Culture Framework Training

One, Two, or 2.5-Day Training

We provide one, two, or 2.5-day trainings on the Positive Culture Framework (PCF) – a process for improving health and safety across a community or organization. The training sessions cover our latest transformational process and help build the capacity of communities and organizations by initiating the development of individual skills in three critical areas: leadership, communication, and the integration of effective strategies. Participants will leave with specific next steps for PCF process implementation focused on transforming culture to achieve health and safety goals. After completing one of our two or 2.5-day trainings, you are eligible for guide service.

For more information on our Positive Culture Framework, visit the webpage here and watch this free webinar.

Communication Skills – Social Norms Marketing

One or Two-Day Training

The Positive Culture Framework (PCF) Communication Skills Training helps participants understand the underlying theory driving individual behavior and provides a seven-step process for developing effective communication. Individuals will learn best practices for the implementation of a social norms marketing campaign and tips on how to make prevention communication more powerful. Participants will leave the training with specific next steps to effectively communicate to improve health in their community. After completing the two-day training, you are eligible for guide service

Leadership Skills

One-Day Training

The Positive Culture Framework Leadership (PCF) Skills Training provides participants an opportunity to grow and practice their leadership abilities. The training focuses on three specific areas of prevention leadership: raising concern about the issue being addressed while providing hope that change is possible; shifting the focus of prevention from changing an individual, to one where change is taking place across the systems in a community to create transformation; and, how to create environments where people choose healthier and safer behaviors for themselves. Prevention practitioners are leaders in both communities and organizations. Leaders cannot force others to change behaviors; however, they can create conditions in which behavior change is more likely.

Integration Skills

One-Day Training

The Positive Culture Framework (PCF) Integration Skills Training provides prevention coordinators an opportunity and the tools to map their current prevention strategies in a way that reveals gaps in services and systems, as well as, provide tips on how to align and leverage prevention strategies for greater impact. Health and safety issues are very complex, and there are no simple solutions to issues like substance abuse, traffic safety or violence. No single strategy that can successfully address these issues; it takes a variety of strategies to create change. The integration, or alignment of prevention strategies within an organization or a community is critical.

Click here for a brief webinar on the three main Positive Culture Framework skills: Leadership, Communication, and Integration.

Guide Service Overview

Communities often find that ongoing support from the Center for Health and Safety Culture contributes to their success. A trained guide from CHSC is a personal consultant available by phone and email to support your community’s efforts. Through monthly calls, the guide becomes familiar with your specific project and helps guide you through the transformation process. The guide is available to provide feedback on leadership development, implementing communication efforts, and managing prevention strategies at the local level.

Our experience has shown that unexpected challenges often arise, and your personal guide can help successfully find your way. In addition to personal assistance with the Positive Culture Framework (PCF) journey, the guide provides access to the Community of Practice website. The Community of Practice website is an exclusive interactive site in which participants can share media, stories of transformation, ask questions, download tools, and engage with other communities that are engaged in PCF projects.

At the end of each year, your community will receive an Executive Summary designed to help you celebrate successes, learn from the experiences, and prepare for the next year. This service is only available to communities that have participated in a two or 2.5-day training.

Click here for a webinar for more information on guide service and how you can use the service to cultivate a healthy and safe culture in your organization or community.