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Pro-Change Presenting at the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc announced today that Dr. Sara Johnson will present two sessions and participate in a lively debate at the 27th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference, March 27-31, 2017 in Colorado Springs, CO.

Johnson, Pro-Change’s co-President & CEO, will present “The Recipe for Finding the Optimal Blend of Awareness, Motivation, Skills, & Opportunities: Applying Lessons from Baking” on Wednesday, March 29 at 1:45 pm. The presentation will focus on creating a recipe for blending key ingredients of well-being initiatives (e.g., policy, leadership development, individualized well-being programs, and culture of health initiatives) to optimize individual and organizational well-being.

Later that day, Dr. Johnson will participate in an Oxford style debate moderated by Paul Terry, President & CEO of HERO. The session, entitled “Awareness, Motivation, Skills and Opportunity… What is the Right Mix?” will involve Johnson and Stewart Sill of IBM/Watson facing-off against Margaret Moore of Wellcoaches and Dr. Matthew Clark of Mayo. Each team will argue for or against the proposition that there is evidence to support a “right mix” for health promotion.

Johnson will also co-present with Laura Putnam, one of the industry’s leading experts on enhancing managers’ influence on workplace well-being. Putnam is the CEO of Motion Infusion and author of Workplace Wellness That Works. Johnson and Putnam are co-developers of the “Manager on the Move” initiative, which includes the first tool for measuring managerial impact on well-being at work. They will be joined by esteemed colleague Crockett Dale, CEO of Healthstat. Healthstat has been an innovator by being among the first organizations to systematically implement Manager on the Move with their managerial team. The presentation will take place on Friday, March 31 at 11:00 a.m.

Pro-Change will attend, and highly recommends, Laura Putnam’s two day-pre-conference Intensive Training Seminar (March 27 and 28, 9 am – 5 pm). This highly interactive session, entitled Workplace Wellness that Works: A Smarter Framework for Designing More Effective Workplace Wellness Programs, will provide a fresh perspective on how to promote employee well-being. Putnam’s work is based on cutting-edge research and backed by real-world examples and case studies.

Prochaskas’ New Book, Changing to Thrive, is Published

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Pro-Change Behavior Systems want to congratulate our founder, Dr. James Prochaska and our former CEO, Dr. Janice Prochaska on the publication of their newest book,
Changing to Thrive.

Changing to Thrive is a sequel to Changing for Good, a classic that has sold over 175,000 copies. Changing to Thrive represents the next generation in staging: a revolution in guiding people through the Transtheoretical Model of change for the most risky health habits–smoking, alcohol misuse, inadequate exercise, unhealthy diets, and mismanaged stress. The book, published by Hazelden, can be purchased on Amazon.

According to Dr. Janice Prochaska, “Our recent breakthroughs demonstrate how to remove bad habits and how to enhance positive domains of well-being. Our discoveries describe how synergistic strategies can simultaneously reduce multiple bad habits and increase multiple domains of well-being: including physical, emotional, social, financial, and purpose. Readers with no understanding of the stages of change can easily understand and relate to the book. Advanced readers can feel validated and reminded and learn several new things.”

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Three Pro-Change Presentations at the Upcoming Connected Health Symposium

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Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. will be well represented at the 2016 Connected Health Symposium taking place on October 20-21 in Boston. The theme of this year’s meeting,”Digital Technology that Cares: Bringing the Human Element to Life,” resonates with Pro-Change’s philosophy-it’s what they strive for in each of their products.

Three team members are slated to present posters on the development, acceptability, and outcomes of Pro-Change’s latest digital health technology solutions.

Deborah Levesque, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, will present a poster entitled “A Stage-Based Mobile Intervention for Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care.” Dr. Levesque’s poster outlines the development and acceptability testing of a mobile-delivered substance use risk intervention for primary care patients as well as a Clinical Dashboard for primary care providers that can address major barriers to using Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for risky drug use.

Deborah Van Marter, M.P.H., Senior Manager, Research & Development, will present “Acceptability of Responsible Drinking, a Theoretically Tailored mHealth Intervention to Target Risky Drinking among Employed Adults.” Ms. Van Marter’s poster details the evaluation of the acceptability of a stage-matched and individually tailored behavior change mobile health intervention for employed adults who exceed the recommended weekly and/or daily limits for alcohol consumption (defined by the National Institutes of Health for men as drinking more than 14 drinks per week or more than 4 in a day and for women or anyone over 65 as drinking more than 7 drinks per week or more than 3 drinks in a day).

Lynne Broderick, M.P.H., Senior Manager, Research & Development, will present a poster entitled “Health eRide: Outcomes of a pilot program leveraging principles of gamification and SMS messaging to help Veterans self-manage chronic pain.” Ms. Broderick’s poster highlights the design, development, and feasibility of a theoretically-grounded, mobile-optimized, interactive pain self-management intervention for Veterans with chronic pain. The Health eRide leverages text messaging for multiple behaviors and principles of gamification.

Each project was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Pro-Change Behavior Systems and Blackstone Valley Community Health Center Team Up to Offer Innovative Bi-Lingual Fresh Start Smoking Cessation Program

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. announced that beginning today, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care will offer Pro-Change’s award-winning NCQA-certified Smoking Cessation Program to patients, employees, and community members.

The evidence-based, online Smoking Cessation Program includes tailored text messaging and is designed to help all smokers–including the 80% who are not ready to quit or are getting ready to quit. The program now features all content in Spanish.

Blackstone Valley’s goal is to recruit every smoker into the program over the coming year and to produce a 35% cessation rate. The availability of the program, which is entitled Fresh Start, will be promoted via personal invitations from members of the care team, including physicians, nurses, dentists, mental health counselors, front desk staff, and Vista workers; email invitations; and custom posters and other informational pieces throughout the health centers.

Offering this population-based Smoking Cessation Program is part of a larger effort at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care to transform health care delivery in Rhode Island by deploying the first Neighborhood Health Station in the country. The Neighborhood Health Station is a new kind of community organization that will improve the health of individuals by delivering high-quality, accessible primary care and social services to everyone in the Central Falls neighborhood. The Neighborhood Health Station aims to improve community health by tailoring services to the specific needs of the neighborhoods they serve and by outreach efforts designed to encourage the entire community to receive care. Fresh Start will be made available at no charge to all patients and employees of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc.

Ray Lavoie, CEO of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc. said, “As an Accountable Entity, we are able and committed to improving the health of all our patients. Reducing smoking prevalence in the population we care for using this ground-breaking approach is the first of many innovations we mean to use to create healthier people in Central Falls and Pawtucket.”

Dr. Michael Fine, Blackstone Valley’s Senior Clinical and Population Health Officer, says “We are thrilled to be enhancing population health by offering the evidence-based Fresh Start program. We hope the work we are doing here will serve as a model for other Federally Qualified Health Centers and Neighborhood Health Stations.”

“It is our pleasure to be partnering with Blackstone Valley Community Health Care to support smokers on their journey to quitting,” said Dr. Sara Johnson, co-President and CEO of Pro-Change. We share Dr. Fine’s enthusiasm for the potential to replicate this successful collaboration.”

Sara Johson to present at 2016 Hero Forum

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. announced today that Dr. Sara Johnson will present at the 2016 HERO Forum, Sept. 27-29 in Atlanta, GA. Johnson will share expertise on managers’ influence on engagement and well-being of team members.

Johnson, Pro-Change’s co-President & CEO, will present with Laura Putnam, one of the industry’s leading experts on the topic of enhancing managers’ influence on workplace well-being. Putnam is the CEO of Motion Infusion and author of Workplace Wellness That Works. They will be joined by esteemed colleague Crockett Dale, CEO of Healthstat. The presentation takes place on Tuesday, September 27 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Johnson and Putnam are co-developers of the “Manager on the Move” initiative, which includes the first tool for measuring managerial impact on well-being at work. Together they will explain how the assessment works and provide detailed illustrations of the accompanying workshop that can enhance managerial engagement. Healthstat has been an innovator by being among the first organizations to systematically implement Manager on the Move with their managerial team.

HERO Forum is one of the health care industry’s largest annual conferences dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices in the field of workplace health and well-being. More than 500 employers, employee health and well-being providers, wellness industry professional organizations, and research experts are expected to attend.

Pro-Change Provides URI Film Students Production Opportunity

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. reaffirmed its commitment to assisting students at the University of Rhode Island by teaming up with Professor Keith Brown’s Film 351: Client Media Production class. The class provides the opportunity for advanced film students to work with clients in creating short film productions. This collaboration allowed students to experience real-world client interactions in a production environment. Professor Brown had a very specific vision for the class. “It was really important to design a course that gave students an opportunity to make media for clients because what they learned in this class will be very useful to them after they graduate from college.”

Pro-Change worked with two separate groups of students to create videos that will be included in a mobile application being developed as part of a Phase II SBIR contract funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The app, entitled Individual Well-Being Navigator (Iwin), is designed to increase well-being and decrease substance use among active duty military personnel. The Pro-Change project team presented concepts to the students who then worked collaboratively on the script and production. The student teams, including a director, producer, editor, sound and cameraman, were provided with requirements, budgets, and schedules. Production took approximately four months and gave the students real-life experience in working with a client. One film addresses the physical and mental effects of lack of sleep, and the other illustrates how military personnel can manage tempting situations that make can make it difficult to drink responsibly. Pro-Change staff provided the students with tips and feedback on their communications, work, and organization.

“It’s one thing to make things for class, for just the school. But it’s another thing to make things for real clients with real budgets and real deadlines.” Thomas Lietar, Class of 2017

The Pro-Change team enjoyed the experience of assisting with the class projects and was very happy with the results, which will be included in the mobile application launch in September.

To see more details about the collaboration, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdEV9D0kCII

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract # HHSN271201500061C

Pro-Change Behavior Systems partnering with Motion Infusion of San Francisco

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With so many companies offering some kind of programs to help employees address and resolve their work/life balance, why do so few employees choose to participate?

“Fifty percent of companies have some kind of [program], but only 12 percent of those employees are taking advantage [of them],” said Laura Putnam, chief executive officer and founder of Motion Infusion, a well-being training and consulting firm in San Francisco. “It comes down to the manager; there’s evidence to suggest that the manager is the ‘missing link.’ ”

Motion Infusion and South Kingstown’s Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc., which develops behavior change programs, are collaborating for the first time to “find a real solution for a real problem” – that of managerial engagement, said Putnam. By joining forces, the two companies have collaborated to offer – in beta form – Motion Infusion’s ‘Manager on the Move” workshop and Pro-Change Behavior System’s “Manager on the Move” assessment. This assessment, said Sara Johnson, co-president and chief executive officer of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, and Putnam, is an evaluative tool that they believe is the first of its kind in the nation. This joint initiative is designed to engage managers better in their own well-being and to encourage them to model well-being, communicate its importance and create systems that support well-being, said Putnam, who wrote “Workplace Wellness That Works” (published by Wiley in 2015). The pair anticipate going live with the workshops and assessments during the first quarter of 2017.

Putnam’s commitment “to implementing best practices in learning and organizational development and her unparalleled ability to engage audiences” drove Pro-Change Behavior Systems to collaborate with Motion Infusion, said Johnson. “We share her passion for improving managers’ capacity to enhance the well-being of themselves, their teams and their organizations because managers account for as much as 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement.”

In conjunction with other wellness measurement scales, the “Manager on the Move” assessment evaluates whether managers help or hinder their employees’ efforts to improve their well-being. Are they “multipliers,” who lead by example and communicate the importance of well-being and create a supportive infrastructure? Or, are they “gatekeepers,” who don’t talk the talk, don’t walk the walk and neither create new wellness opportunities nor encourage employees to access existing initiatives?

The beta form of the online assessment has approximately 100 items, and requires an average of 17 minutes to complete, said Johnson. The assessment will be offered before a workshop and again three to six months later, to evaluate the workshop’s impact. Ideally, the assessment will also capture data from employees who work for participating managers.

As of press time, no business entities or companies in Rhode Island or Massachusetts have enrolled in the workshops or the assessment. Although Motion Infusion and Pro-Change Behavior Systems are targeting geographic areas outside of southeastern New England, area businesses entities and state and local governments are eligible to participate in the beta testing process. During beta testing, they are offering clients a rate that is discounted from the normal prices, which vary depending on a number of factors.

Motion Infusion and Pro-Change Behavior Systems Develop First Tool for Measuring Managerial Impact on Well-Being

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Motion Infusion and Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. announced today the launch of “Manager on the Move Assessment,” the first tool for measuring managerial impact on well-being at work.

Gallup research shows that though more than 85% of large employers offer a wellness program, only 24% of employees are participating.1 “Companies providing these programs should take a close look at managerial engagement, as this component is likely the missing link in workplace wellness,” said Laura Putnam, CEO and founder of Motion Infusion.

According to Gallup, managerial engagement may account for up to 70% of the variance in employee engagement in work and well-being as each manager is uniquely positioned to either encourage or dissuade employees to invest in their well-being. “In effect,” Putnam explains, “each manager has the opportunity to serve as either a ‘multiplier’ or a ‘gatekeeper’ of well-being for all the employees they manage.”

Organizations participating in Motion Infusion’s “Manager on the Move” training and development program gain exclusive access to the Manager on the Move Assessment, developed by Motion Infusion and Pro-Change Behavior Systems. It is the first assessment tool to measure the extent to which managers are engaged in well-being and their impact on their team members’ participation in well-being programming. Specifically, the tool assesses the extent to which managers are multipliers who lead by example, communicate the importance of well-being, and create an infrastructure to support well-being.

The Manager on the Move Assessment is administered in advance of the workshop in conjunction with the Well-Being Assessment for Productivity2 and Cantril’s Self-Anchoring Striving Scale, which evaluate where managers are in terms of well-being. By participating in the “Manager on the Move” workshop, managers learn the business case for wellness for their organization and for their team; reflect on their key role in their team’s well-being; receive an assessment and feedback on where they are now in terms of being a multiplier vs. a gatekeeper; develop strategies for moving further down the continuum toward the “multiplier” end; and set goals around their own personal well-being. Three months later, managers are reassessed to gauge the impact of the workshop.

“The health and well-being of every employee is critical to the success of the organization. Assisting managers in promoting well-being will play an essential role in creating a thriving workplace,” said Sara Johnson, Co-President and CEO of Pro-Change. “Ultimately, we hope to measure the impact that Manager on the Move training has on the well-being of participating managers’ direct reports through similar assessments.”

About Motion Infusion
Motion Infusion, a well-being training and consulting firm based in San Francisco, helps organizations “get in motion.” Merging evidence-based methods from the field of wellness with best practices from the field of learning and development, Motion Infusion offers creative solutions in the areas of engagement, behavior change, and human performance improvement to promote employee well-being and build healthier, happier, and more innovative organizations. Services include keynote speaking, leadership development, management training, team development, and train-the-trainer programs. Motion Infusion’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies, such as Aetna, Apple, Electronic Arts, Lockton, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Kimpton, Visa and Schindler Elevator Corporation, to nonprofits, schools, and government entities. www.motioninfusion.com

1. http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/168995/why-workplace-wellness-program-isn-working.aspx

2. Prochaska, JO, Evers, KE, et al., Johnson, JL (2011). The Well-Being Assessment for Productivity A Well-Being Approach to Presenteeism, JOEM, 53(7), DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318222af48

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. Awarded Wellness & Health Promotion Certification by NCQA

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Pro-Change’s Health Risk Intervention (a Health Risk Assessment plus Intervention) and Self-Management Tools (Exercise, Healthy Eating, WeightManagement, Smoking Cessation, Stress Management, Depression Prevention, and Responsible Drinking) were awarded Wellness & Health Promotion (WHP) Certification by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The Health Risk Intervention (HRI) and Self-Management Tools are all part of Pro-Change’s award winning LifeStyle Management Suite.

Pro-Change’s NCQA certified programs, including the HRI, use validated questions to assess readiness to change leading health risks and provide immediate evidenced-based, individually tailored feedback about the strategies individuals can use to make progress on reducing their specific risk behaviors. All of Pro-Change’s programs are designed to optimize individual well-being, reduce health care costs, and increase productivity.

NCQA’s WHP Certification process is a quality assurance program to help employers get their money’s worth when selecting wellness providers. NCQAcertification identifies solutions that are most likely to deliver on employers’ priorities, such as improving workforce health and reducing absenteeism.

WHP certification of Pro-Change’s HRI is an acknowledgement that it helps individuals manage their health. In addition to the individual level feedback, Pro-Change provides the results to employers through a sophisticated aggregate reporting function. WHP Certification also acknowledges that Pro-Change discloses to individuals how it uses the information gathered in the HRI and how it protects individuals’ privacy.

WHP certification of the Self-Management Tools guarantees that we provide evidence-based self-management tools to help individuals manage their health. The NCQA standards address important health topics; call for periodic testing to make sure tools are usable; require review and update of tools to reflect changes in evidence; and require Pro-Change to make tools available in different formats.

“NCQA certification of our Health Risk Intervention and Self-Management Tools is a reflection of Pro-Change’s ongoing commitment to disseminating effective evidence-based behavior change solutions,” stated Sara S. Johnson, PhD, co-President and CEO of Pro-Change.

For more information about Pro-Change’s HRI and LifeStyle Management Suite, please contact Pro-Change at info@prochange.com or (401)360-2980.

Pro-Change and VAL Health Launch Evidence-Based Smoking Cessation Program

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of a smoking cessation program based on the TranstheoreticalModel and the science of behavioral economics. The program integrates Pro-Change’s proven Smoking Cessation Program with VAL Health, LLC’s evidence-based approach to financial incentives.

Pro-Change’s Smoking Cessation Program is based on the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM). The digital program, which includes tailored text messaging, is designed to help smokers in all stages of change–those who are not ready to quit, getting ready to quit, and ready to quit–as well as those who recently quit.

VAL Health’s financial incentives solution, VAL Health Rewards, is an evidence-based program that applies the principles of behavioral economics. The program is proven to improve the impact and efficacy of incentives, yielding results that include tripled weight loss app engagement and 2.4x increase in health assessment completion, all while lowering incentive costs around 50%.

“We are excited to be collaborating with VAL Health to support smokers on their journey to quitting,” said Dr. Sara Johnson, co-President and CEO of Pro-Change. “The combination of our evidence-based Smoking Cessation Program with their pioneering approach to delivering behavioral economics-based financial incentives is a powerful solution.”

Pro-Change and VAL Health have previous experience working together, including successfully implementing a smoking cessation program with Care New England employees in Rhode Island. This program delivered results including more than double the rate of target participation, 64% program completion, and a quit rate higher than 25% for all those eligible, not just those ready to quit.

The Smoking Program is currently available to any smoker in the U.S. over the age of 18 who meets eligibility requirements. It is funded through a Small Business Innovative Research Grant awarded to VAL Health by the National Institutes of Health (NIH Grant 4R44AG044872).
Learn more about the program at www.valhealthrewards.com/prochange.