Save the date!
2014 Montana Summer Institute on Positive Community Norms
July 8th-11th, 2014 at the Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, MT
Registration for the 2014 Montana Summer Institute on Positive Community Norms will open in January.
We hope to see you next year!
The 11th annual Montana Summer Institute (MSI) on Positive Community Norms (PCN) took place in Big Sky, MT on June 18th-21st, 2013 and was hosted by The Center for Health and Safety Culture /MOST of Us ®at Montana State University. With a focus on the Positive Community Norms framework this year’s theme was “Enhancing our communities by growing positive norms and cultivating transformation.” The event attracted 130 participants from community, state and provincial levels across the U.S. in fields of work such as traffic safety, child abuse prevention and substance abuse prevention. Two of the keynote speakers were Elizabeth Mills President & CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services and Mike Tooley, Director of Montana Department of Transportation.
June 18th- The optional Pre-Institute was designed for those not familiar with Positive Community Norms and provides participants with a basic background in the framework.
June 19th-21st – The Institute went beyond traditional social norms marketing to a much more comprehensive and holistic approach to prevention. Each day focussed on one component of the Positive Community Norms framework: leadership, communication and integration. The Institute combined larger group presentations in the morning with small group skill building sessions in the afternoon.
Pre-Institute and Institute (June 18th-21st)
Institute (June 19th-21st)
Who should attend?
The Institute is designed for community health practitioners (those in public health, traffic safety, child abuse prevention, domestic violence prevention, DFC grantees, SPF-SIG grantees, etc.) and focuses on a core process that applies to a variety of health and safety topics. Participants will hear presentations by acclaimed leaders on how to leverage this positive framework to reduce harm and enhance protections at the community level.
What will be covered?
The PCN framework will provide the foundation for the Institute. The framework addresses three critical components of successful efforts to enhance health and safety: Leadership, Communication and Integration. Positive Community Norms focuses on these three domains to achieve results.
Prevention is about leading people to make healthier, safer choices. In this way, prevention is an act of leadership. If we want to be successful at prevention, we need to develop strong leadership skills.
To truly impact the communities we serve, we need to transform the cultures that surround the issues we want to address. We share and transform our cultures through communication.
There is no single solution or “silver bullet” to solve complex health issues. We must develop a portfolio of strategies and actively manage and integrate the portfolio to make the best use of finite resources. Integration is a focus on wholeness.
For more on the Positive Community Norms Framework, visit our What is the Positive Community Norms Framework page.
What did 2013 participants like most about the Institute?
“It is one of the most well-run and friendly conferences in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth. The people and setting allow the space for ideas and creativity and learning to flourish.”
“Everyone (leaders and attendees) shares an authentic and compassionate voice. So refreshing. Great energy.”
“Relationship building, networking, and knowledge. “
“I loved to hear all the ideas shared, the collaborative efforts, the programs that are already in their 5 yrs. Plan for their DFC or the other programs they have. I wished we had more partners and agencies we work with could come with us.”
“A great place to build your spirit and ignite your passion with some of the greatest leaders of our country.”
“It was enlightening, inspirational, and has left me with a new batch of energy and ideas to bring home.”
“This is one of the best – is the best training I have attended. Well organized, well presented, excellent! Thank you.”
“Awesome presenters! Great networking!”
The Big Sky setting provides an ideal location (at off-season rates!) to reflect, re-focus, and reengage in the important work of improving health and safety. During the summer there are a plethora of activities to participate in while visiting Big Sky including hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, golfing, horseback riding, and many more. There is no better place to learn about wellness than in the fresh, clean air of a mountain resort. We hope to see you there!
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Green:
Western Transportation Institute