Evidence-based health and well-being for entire populations.

NCQA Certifications underscore Pro-Change’s commitment to quality and best practices

We are pleased to announce that Pro-Change has yet again achieved two NCQA Health and Wellness Promotion (WHP) Certifications for its Health Appraisals and Self-Management Tools. Pro-Change’s Health Risk Assessment & Intervention (HRI) and seven programs within the Lifestyle Management Suite passed a rigorous NCQA review using evaluation standards that are intended to help organizations achieve the highest level of performance possible, increase healthy behavior change in eligible individuals, and create an environment of continuous improvement.

“Pro-Change has had a long-standing dedication to quality since our inception 21 years ago,” said Co-President and CEO, Dr. Kerry Evers. “Our NCQA certifications underscore Pro-Change’s steadfast commitment to implementing best practices in evidence-based solutions. We deliver the industry’s highest quality programs that are proven to improve well-being.”

“I congratulate Pro-Change for distinguishing itself by earning Wellness & Health Promotion Certification. This achievement signals to employers that Pro-Change is organized and ready to improve workforce health,” explained Margaret E. O’Kane, President of NCQA. “Savvy employers know that the health and well-being of their workforce is a critical asset.”

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more-informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.

Sara Johnson, Jessica Grossmeier named co-editors of the Art Science of Health Promotion

Sara Johnson, Ph.D., and Jessica Grossmeier, Ph.D., MPH, have been named co-editors of  The Art & Science of Health Promotion (TAHP). TAHP is a special section of the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP), a leading scientific periodical produced by SAGE for research that advances healthy behaviors and communities. Johnson, who is co-president and CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.will share the role with Grossmeier, who is vice president of research of HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing best practices in health promotion and well-being in the workplace and communities.

Johnson and Grossmeier will succeed Paul Terry, Ph.D., president and CEO of HERO, who recently assumed the role of editor in chief of AJHP. AJHP regularly covers health promotion research topics, including mental, social, spiritual, and physical health and well-being; and intervention strategies for building healthy workplaces and designing effective behavior change programs.

“We’re excited to embrace the formidable challenge of continuing Paul’s more than five-year tradition of excellence in TAHP. He has set a wonderful example for Jessica and me in helping to inform the work of health promotion practitioners nationwide by identifying, curating, and providing brilliant and thought-provoking insight into cutting-edge concepts, authors, and health promotion initiatives,” said Johnson.
The editorial goal of the AJHPis to provide a forum for exchange among the many disciplines involved in health promotion and to provide interface between researchers and practitioners. TAHP is a special section of AJHP that highlights innovative applications of the best practices described in the AJHP. It is specifically dedicated to helping practitioners improve the quality of their health promotion initiatives.
“Research and the sharing of best practices is essential to the continued evolution of health and well-being programs,” said Grossmeier. “TAHP builds on the peer-reviewed research that is featured in the AJHP and delivers real-world guidance to help employers and practitioners create a healthy workplace and community culture that fosters population health, now and in the future.”

About HERO
Based in Waconia, MN, HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation that was established in 1996. HERO is dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices that improve the health and well-being of employees, their families, and communities. To learn more, visit www.hero-health.org.Follow us on Twitter@heroehm or LinkedIn.
About SAGE Publishing
Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 900 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies, and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melbourne. www.sagepublishing.com
About Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.
Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, is a research and development company providing wellness partners with computer and coaching-based programs for changing health risk behaviors. Based on the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change developed by founder Dr. James O. Prochaska, Pro-Change programs are for entire populations and are uniquely tailored to each individual. Pro-Change programs have produced unprecedented impacts on multiple behaviors to enhance health and reduce health care costs. In 2012, the LifeStyle programs were featured on AHRQ’s Innovation Exchange website. In 2014, Pro-Change was awarded Health Information Products (HIP) Certification for Health Appraisals by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). For more information about Pro-Change, please visit www.prochange.com.

Dr. Sara Johnson Talks About Coaction, Culture, and Behavior Change


South Kingstown, RI. (July 9, 2014) – In the July/August 2014 issue of the Health Promotion Practitioner, Sara Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President at Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. is interviewed by Paul Terry, Ph.D., EVP and Chief Science Officer at StayWell Health Management.

Dr. Terry writes that one of the most transformative research areas for health promotion relates to “coaction” – that is, those who are successful changing one habit area appear more effective at improving in other areas. When leaders in health promotion deal with organizations, we need to explore the potential for “coaction” between behavior change interventions and cultures. The following are some of Dr. Johnson’s quotes on coaction, organizational work culture, and behavior change.

“If we analyzed culture elements alongside the behavior change factors we usually measure, we could show how improvements in an organization’s culture of health relate to improvements in the behavioral areas and vice versa. We would expect some synergistic organizational-level efforts (like policy changes) and individual behavior change efforts (like smoking cessation and healthy eating). The strength of that coaction may depend on the stage of change distribution for individual behaviors being targeted because folks in earlier stages of change are more resistant to policy changes. The converse is, unfortunately, also likely to be true. That is, if you have a perfect, supportive culture of wellness but fail to provide tailored behavior change programs that respect where individuals are regarding readiness to change, you’re bound to have less impact.

We need to standardize some way of measuring culture more comprehensively to reflect well-being, not just wellness. And we absolutely need to tackle culture and behavior change simultaneously to determine whether we get the synergies we would predict.”

Pro-Change is currently exploring opportunities with partners to investigate synergies between cultural and behavior change interventions.

Pro-Change’s Tailored Text Messaging Program Enhancement Receives Rave Reviews

South Kingstown, RI. (June 12, 2014) – As part of a larger trial, U. S. Veterans who received the full Pro-Change Smoking Cessation Program, plus the new text messaging enhancement, were asked

What they liked most about the program

Word cloud of actual user feedback and testimonials of the LifeStyle Management Suite

The overwhelming majority indicated that the text messaging they received was one of the program’s highlights; with 72% indicating that the texts helped move them forward toward quitting and over 79% indicating that the texts reinforced what they had done online in the computer tailored program.

The Pro-Change texting enhancement goes beyond the standard use of SMS for reminders and segmented messaging. Rather, our software has been designed to implement best practices of Transtheoretical Model tailoring. That results in a fully tailored text message for each individual that aims to reinforce the tailored experience they have online. In addition, each time a participant interacts with the computer tailored program, the text messages are re-tailored to the individual’s current behavior change status.

Results of the clinical trial, led at Pro-Change by Senior Vice President Kerry Evers, Ph.D., comparing the standard online program to the enhanced program including the text messages, are forthcoming. However, evaluation and qualitative feedback indicate that participants found the new messaging component very useful. One participant stated, “Early on, the text messages were the only thing that made me think twice and not give up. With time, I was confident enough to manage this on my own.” This unique texting program is now being implemented as an enhancement in all Pro-Change LifeStyle Management programs.

This research was conducted with the Pacific Health Research and Education Institute which awarded a subcontract to Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. through funding from the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), an office of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC).

Pro-Change Partners with VAL Health Rewards to Make Care New England “Healthy Together”

a Healthy Together family

South Kingstown, RI. (June 2, 2014) – On May 19th, Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. and VAL Health Rewards launched the Healthy Together program at Care New England Health System (CNE). Healthy Together is designed to help entire families adopt regular exercise and healthy eating habits.

Employees of CNE and their families will have access to Pro-Change’s award-winning digital coaching programs for up to one year. Benefit-eligible employees and spouses/partners will have access to either the Exercise and Healthy Eating programs or to the Weight Management program. Tween and teen dependents (ages 10-18) will have access to Pro-Change’s Health in Motion program.

Health in Motion has been proven to help tweens and teens exercise regularly, eat healthy, and limit screen time. In addition to the digital coaching program for tweens and teens, Health in Motion comes with a family guide designed to help parents support and encourage their children along the way. Dependents using Health in Motion are eligible for rewards through VAL Health Rewards. During the first six months of the program, tweens and teens can earn up to $145 in iTunes gift card rewards.

The Healthy Together programs, based on the Transtheoretical Model, can be used on computers, tablets, or mobile devices, and have been demonstrated effective in randomized clinical trials. Participants are helped wherever they are – ready, getting ready, or not ready to change their exercise and eating behaviors.

Consistent with their continued commitment to community outreach, CNE is also providing the Healthy Together Program to patients of Thundermist Health Centers of Rhode Island.

“We are very excited to be working with Pro-Change and VAL Health on the Healthy Together program. After our first highly successful smoking cessation program, we wanted to apply the research and model to areas of high interest for our employees. Promoting healthy eating habits and regular exercise is crucial for the health of our employees and their families. Involving both adolescents and parents in this initiative, and incorporating innovative incentives has the potential to increase the impact of these already very effective programs,” said Domenic Delmonico, Senior Vice President and executive sponsor of the program for CNE.

Sara Johnson, Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Pro-Change said, “Pro-Change is very pleased to team up with VAL Health Rewards again to bring innovative wellness solutions to CNE and Thundermist.”

About VAL Health
VAL Health is a leading behavioral economics consulting firm. Its health related incentive solutions are derived from team members’ rigorous scientific studies that demonstrate that how one offers health incentives is often more important than the size of the incentive. VAL Health applies behavioral economic science into practice to develop high impact wellness programs for employers and health plans, and customized incentive programs for health-related technology companies to increase participation and engagement. For more information, please visit www.valhealth.com.

About Care New England
Care New England Health System is positioned to transition into the new era of health care delivery with a high quality continuum of care. Its strengths are based on complementary programs and distinctive competencies of partner hospitals and agencies including Kent, Butler, Memorial, and Women and Infants Hospitals, the VNA, and the Care New England Wellness Center. For more information, please visit www.carenewengland.org

Pro-Change Programs are Part of a Collaborative Grant for Alaska Native Men and Women

an alaskan landscape with mountains in the background

South Kingstown, RI. (May 21, 2014) – The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year research project grant (R01) to study the effect of disease prevention counseling delivered via telemedicine within rural villages in the Bristol Bay Area of Alaska. Participants will be Alaska Native men and women who smoke cigarettes and have at least one additional cardiovascular disease risk factor (e.g., inactivity, overweight status, hypertension, high cholesterol) or established vascular disease. The study aims to meet Alaska Native health needs and values. It targets 5 of the American Heart Association’s 7 Strategic Impact Goals for 2020. The primary outcomes are increased tobacco abstinence and physical activity. An active comparison group targets control of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia through medication adherence and dietary change.

The health counseling is guided utilizing Pro-Change’s award-winning computer tailored interventions, which will be customized and hosted for the Alaska Native population. Stage-matched print manuals will also be used as behavior change tools.

The grant is informed by fieldwork over the past six years in rural Alaska, continued community partnerships with the tribes, and ethnographic research. The grant combines technology, pharmacology, behavioral science, and health economics for advancing the health of Alaska Native people who face significant health disparities with limited access to interventions given their isolated geographics.

The grant is a collaboration with Stanford University, the Alaska Native Medical Center, the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, the University of California San Francisco, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

Pro-Change’s Kerry Evers Invited Speaker at The HxRefactored Conference

HXRefactored Conference - Brooklyn, NY - May 13 & 14, 2014
South Kingstown, RI. (May 7, 2014) – Kerry Evers, PhD, Senior Vice President at Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., has been invited to present at the HxRefactored Conference in Brooklyn, NY, on how the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) theory can be incorporated into the latest technology. The theme of the May 13-14, 2014 Conference is HxRefactored: Bringing Designers and Developers together to improve the Health Experience and will feature talks on designing for behavior change. “We are very pleased that HxRefactored is featuring Dr. Evers to teach and demonstrate how the TTM can be incorporated into tailored print, interactive programs, SMS text messaging, and mobile communications,” stated Janice M. Prochaska, PhD, President and CEO.

HxRefactored is a revolutionary design and technology conference that will gather over 600 designers, developers, and leaders in health for two days of thought provoking talks, workshops, and discussions on how to improve the quality of the health experience. The conference fuses the technical and creative elements of Health 2.0’s Health: Refactored and Mad*Pow’s Healthcare Experience Design Conference.

Pro-Change’s Smoking Cessation Program featured on RI’s NBC 10

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MyHealth at the Y featured on The Rhode Show

Dr. Leanne Mauriello, Vice President of Research and Product Development, joined Neta Taylor-Post, Director of Healthcare Initiatives at the YMCA of Greater Providence Association, on The Rhode Show Tuesday, January 8 to promote the Y’s offering of MyHealth at the Y in Rhode Island. The Rhode Show is a morning talk show aired Live at 9 am on WPRI Fox Providence.

To watch the segment, please click the image below.


MyHealth at the Y is a personalized health and wellness coaching program that combines Pro-Change’s MyHealth program, our LifeStyle Management Suite of behavior change programs, with consultation and support from trained Y staff called Navigators. The Y staff participated in Pro-Change’s online e-Learning course on the Transtheoretical Model and participated in trainings provided by Dr. Mauriello. The Y professionals guide members through a review of their Health Risk Intervention Report and assist with setting behavior change goals. They refer members to the behavior change programs included in MyHealth and provide members with additional support as needed. MyHealth at the Y is being offered at all 7 branches of the Greater Providence Association.

Co-hosts of the Rhode Show, Will Gilbert, Michaela Johnson and Meaghan Mooney, completed the Health Risk Intervention and their consultation with a Y Navigator will be aired at a future date on the Rhode Show.

Learn more about MyHealth at the Y or check out other services that the YMCA of Greater Providence is offering to help members stick with their goals in the New Year!

Nurses and Health Educators Now Receive CEs Through TTM e-Learning

Pro-Change is pleased to announce that we have expanded our offering of continuing education credits for our e-Learning course titled, “Basic Transtheoretical Model Training.” In addition to having approval through the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers for 4 continuing education contact hours, we now offer continuing education to both nurses and health educators. Our TTM course is approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (provider #SSP3733) for 4 CHES Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH). Our course is also approved by IAHB, an Approved Provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the Utah Nurses Association (UNA), an accredited Approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (UNA = 4 CEHs. Provider Code P09-03).

The online “Basic Transtheoretical Model Training” trains clinicians and health care professionals on the basic concepts and strategies to effectively use the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) when working with clients to change health risk behaviors. Pro-Change’s President and CEO, Janice M. Prochaska, PhD stated that “We are pleased to now offer CEs to several major disciplines and to be able to expand the reach of our course.”

“Basic Transtheoretical Model Training” incorporates activities such as role-plays, knowledge checks, and a 25-item multiple-choice certificate test to further strengthen the concepts learned. It includes additional features such as closed captioning, recorded narration, and a resource library. For more information, please visit www.prochange.com/e-Learning.

By the end of the interactive four-hour course, which can be completed in one or multiple sittings, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the characteristics of people in each Stage of Change: Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, and Termination.
  • Describe the four main constructs of the TTM: stage of change, decisional balance, self-efficacy, and processes of change.
  • Identify which TTM principles and processes to employ at each Stage of Change (e.g., in Precontemplation to raise the Pros, in Maintenance to focus on preventing relapse).
  • List and define techniques of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a way of working wth clients that complements the TTM to support behavior change.

Initial course users have said:

“My experience with e-Learning training left me with a thorough understanding of the stages of behavior change as they are applied in assisting members/participants in changing lifestyle behaviors. There were excellent examples of how to incorporate strategies and kind encouragement in meeting a participant member where they currently are in their journey of making changes toward a healthier way of living.”


“The training helped me gain a better appreciation and understanding of the model and the science behind Pro-Change’s online programs.”

Research Assistant

“My first gut reaction is it is great, easy to follow, very organized, very professional and loaded with information. It is great to review in such a well thought out format.”

Health Professional

“…the virtual teacher was great – not too robotic, which some can be. And I thought the way the role-playing was handled was also great – you visually got the idea, without needing a video. The course explained many things about the TTM that were nebulous to me before.”


Cost: $100/user.

To order or inquire about this course, please contact Pro-Change at e-Learning@prochange.com or call 401-874-9284.