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

Pro-Change Awarded Two Phase II SBIRs

South Kingstown, RI – October 18, 2012 – Pro-Change was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation grant in 2012 on September 20. Funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) was won to complete and enhance the development of a responsible drinking intervention and to test it in a randomized clinical trial. The intervention will target employed adults who are at least 21 years of age and who consume alcohol at risky levels. Risky drinking is defined by NIAAA as more than 14 drinks per week or more than 4 drinks per day for men, and as more than 7 drinks per week or more than 3 drinks per day for women. The intervention will include a computer tailored intervention offering guidance and feedback on drinking quantity and severity, goal setting, and the most appropriate stage-based strategies for change. To support and reinforce the change process, a dynamic and engaging Participant Activity Center and personalized text messages will complement the intervention and offer additional stage-matched change guidance. Through this grant Pro-Change will further enhance our product optimization for mobile devices. The Responsible Drinking program will eventually be added to our award-winning LifeStyle Management Suite as a cost-effective means to intervene with adults on their drinking habits in a private, convenient, and individualized way. For more information, please contact Principal Investigator Leanne Mauriello, PhD, at lmauriello@prochange.com.

NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded Pro-Change funding for a separate project entitled, “Computerized Stage-Matched Intervention for Juvenile Offenders, ” which received a perfect score from reviewers. This research will assess the efficacy of a multimedia stage-based computer-tailored intervention called Rise Above Your Situation program (RAYS), designed as an adjunct to traditional juvenile justice programs. The intervention delivers assessments and individualized feedback matched to readiness to stay out of trouble with the law and quit alcohol and drugs. At the end of each session, the program also generates a counselor report that summarizes the youth’s feedback and presents concrete, easy-to-implement strategies probation officers or counselors can use to reinforce stage-matched concepts. In collaboration with the Iowa Juvenile Court System, the efficacy of the RAYS program will be tested in a randomized clinical trial involving 1,000 youth age 13-17 on probation. Primary outcomes will be criminal recidivism and substance abuse abstinence at 6 and 12 months follow-up. For more information, please contact Principal Investigator Deborah Levesque, PhD, at dlevesque@prochange.com.

Pro-Change’s MyHealth is Now Available at 7 YMCA Branches in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

South Kingstown, RI – September 28, 2012 – Since 2010, members of the Kent County YMCA in Warwick, Rhode Island have been offered access to Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Management suite of programs. Given the enthusiasm for the pilot program, referred to as MyHealth at the Y, the YMCA of Greater Providence Association has decided to offer the programs to all 7 of its full-service branches in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

This fall over thirty Welcome Center Directors and Member Navigators are participating in Pro-Change’s e-Learning Basic Transtheoretical Model course as well as in-person trainings conducted by Dr. Leanne Mauriello, Vice President of Research and Product Development at Pro-Change. Through these trainings, Y staff will learn the fundamentals of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change and how to apply the model to assist members in setting wellness goals based on their readiness to make a behavior change.

As part of MyHealth at the Y, members will be invited to take Pro-Change’s online Health Risk Intervention (HRI) either at computer kiosks located at the YMCA branches or at any Internet-enabled computer. The HRI will start the change process by pinpointing the member’s stage of readiness to change for various health risks and by offering targeted guidance on the most important steps that can be taken to progress to the next stage of change. Y members then will be invited to meet with Member Navigators–staff trained to discuss the HRI feedback and to assist in setting wellness goals based on readiness to change. Members will also have access to the award winning 7 behavior change programs and their corresponding Participant Activity Centers.

Patricia Driscoll, a Member Navigator from the Kent County YMCA speaks highly of the offering: “We love using MyHealth. It is a wonderful tool for staff and our members. The trainings by Pro-Change have allowed us to become comfortable and skilled in addressing and suggesting wellness and behavior change with Y members.”

Pro-Change also has worked in various capacities with YMCAs in Maryland and Tennessee. The hope is that the model of MyHealth at the Ys in Rhode Island will be duplicated by other YMCAs throughout the country. “We appreciate the innovative mindset and vision of the administrators and staff at the RI YMCAs. They are paving the way on how YMCAs nationally can approach and assist with wellness and well-being in a greater magnitude. We are thrilled to assist with their endeavor and to offer our science and evidence-based programs and trainings,” stated Dr. Leanne Mauriello.

Pro-Change’s MyHealth is Now Available at 7 YMCA Branches in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

South Kingstown, RI – September 28, 2012 – Since 2010, members of the Kent County YMCA in Warwick, Rhode Island have been offered access to Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Management suite of programs. Given the enthusiasm for the pilot program, referred to as MyHealth at the Y, the YMCA of Greater Providence Association has decided to offer the programs to all 7 of its full-service branches in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

This fall over thirty Welcome Center Directors and Member Navigators are participating in Pro-Change’s e-Learning Basic Transtheoretical Model course as well as in-person trainings conducted by Dr. Leanne Mauriello, Vice President of Research and Product Development at Pro-Change. Through these trainings, Y staff will learn the fundamentals of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change and how to apply the model to assist members in setting wellness goals based on their readiness to make a behavior change.

As part of MyHealth at the Y, members will be invited to take Pro-Change’s online Health Risk Intervention (HRI) either at computer kiosks located at the YMCA branches or at any Internet-enabled computer. The HRI will start the change process by pinpointing the member’s stage of readiness to change for various health risks and by offering targeted guidance on the most important steps that can be taken to progress to the next stage of change. Y members then will be invited to meet with Member Navigators–staff trained to discuss the HRI feedback and to assist in setting wellness goals based on readiness to change. Members will also have access to the award winning 7 behavior change programs and their corresponding Participant Activity Centers.

Patricia Driscoll, a Member Navigator from the Kent County YMCA speaks highly of the offering: “We love using MyHealth. It is a wonderful tool for staff and our members. The trainings by Pro-Change have allowed us to become comfortable and skilled in addressing and suggesting wellness and behavior change with Y members.”

Pro-Change also has worked in various capacities with YMCAs in Maryland and Tennessee. The hope is that the model of MyHealth at the Ys in Rhode Island will be duplicated by other YMCAs throughout the country. “We appreciate the innovative mindset and vision of the administrators and staff at the RI YMCAs. They are paving the way on how YMCAs nationally can approach and assist with wellness and well-being in a greater magnitude. We are thrilled to assist with their endeavor and to offer our science and evidence-based programs and trainings,” stated Dr. Leanne Mauriello.

Pro-Change’s Work is Recognized by Dr. Mehmet Oz in Time Magazine

South Kingstown, RI – September 17, 2012 – In an article on behavior change in the September 17, 2012 issue of Time Magazine, Dr. Mehmet Oz, a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality, emphasized the longevity and sustained applicability of the Transtheoretical Model. In the article titled “Goal Power,” Dr. Oz stated that the Transtheoretical Model “has been around since the late 1970s but is no less powerful now and even has special utility when two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and 600,000 of us are killed by cardiovascular disease per year.”

In addition to underscoring the crucial role behavior change plays in managing weight, Dr. Oz highlighted the impact interventions based on the Transtheoretical Model can have on medication adherence. He described in detail the results of a study Pro-Change conducted on improving adherence to antihypertensive drugs. The study, led by Dr. Sara Johnson, was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The evidence-based behavior change program that resulted in significant improvements in adherence a year after the intervention ended, is now a key component of Pro-Change’s award-winning LifeStyle Management Suite. An equally effective program has been developed to improve adherence to lipid-lowering medications. To learn more about the Medication Adherence programs or the results of the study, please visit www.prochange.com/medication-adherence. To learn more about Pro-Change’s weight management or other LifeStyle Management programs, please visit prochange.com/behavior-change-products.

Pro-Change Enters Health in Motion in the Childhood Obesity Challenge: Public Voting Open!

West Kingston, RI – August 16, 2012 – Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. has entered Health in Motion in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Childhood Obesity Challenge. Through this online competition the hope is to find innovative and promising solutions for healthier kids. Creative ideas, programs, projects, and interventions are eligible. Submissions will be judged by AJPM reviewers, a panel of expert judges, and through popular voting. Please cast your vote by going to http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net/submissions/entry/id/65. You will be prompted to register. Health in Motion is on page 5 in the submission gallery. You can view all of the submissions and cast your vote until 5pm on September 30th.

Health in Motion is a self-directed program for adolescents that targets physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and limited TV viewing. Using the Transtheoretical Model as a guiding theoretical framework, the program utilizes best practices of behavior change to offer individually tailored guidance on multiple risks through an efficient and low-cost approach. Using interactive technologies to reach populations of adolescents with science-based and personalized guidance, Health in Motion is a solution embedded with the capability for wide reach and impact.

Health in Motion was developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health and has been tested in two separate randomized clinical trials with 1,800 students from 8 high schools and with 4,158 students from 20 middle schools. Across both trials the program was found to impact the number of days doing 60 minutes or more of physical activity, daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, initiating and maintaining all three of the behaviors, reducing the number of behavioral risks, and progressing on multiple behaviors. Solid demonstrated evidence supports the utilization of Health in Motion to change energy balance behaviors.

Health in Motion is currently being distributed by employers as a behavior change offering for their employees’ dependents and by wellness centers to their youths members. The program platform is flexible with many possible options for dissemination. It can be delivered in classrooms, at youth or community organizations, in health care settings, by health care insurers, by school nurses, by primary care providers, or integrated into educational textbooks and curriculum. Health in Motion can be used as a stand-alone offering or in conjunction with environmental, curriculum, and policy initiatives. To view a demo of the program, please visit www.prochange.com/obesitydemo.

Submissions to the Challenge will be judged on three criteria: innovation of the idea; likelihood of being translated into real world action; and reach/evidence of large population-wide impact. The judging panel will identify 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners. In addition, there will be a popular choice winner determined by the number of votes. You can cast your vote today until September 30th at 5pm at http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net/submissions/entry/id/65. You can also “Like” Health in Motion on Facebook!

Pro-Change is a Collaborator in the University of Rhode Island’s $14 Million Grant

West Kingston, RI – June 28, 2012 – The University of Rhode Island (URI) was awarded a $14 million federal grant to develop a program coordinating the health care of adults with cognitive disabilities. The role of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. will be to customize its award winning evidence-based online LifeStyle Management programs to meet the special needs of the population. Pro-Change’s e-Learning training program will guide providers in using the Transtheoretical Model to coach patients in health behavior change for smoking cessation, regular exercise, stress management, and weight management.

The three-year grant was one of 81 new Health Care Innovation Awards announced this month. The grants are made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

With this funding, URI will develop a program called “Living Rite” to improve and coordinate health care for people with cognitive disabilities and multiple health risks who are covered by both Medicaid and Medicare. The Living Rite project is expected to create 31 jobs and save $15.5 million in health care costs by preventing illness, as well as managing illness more effectively to reduce the need for emergency room visits, nursing home care, and hospitalization.

About the University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island is Rhode Island’s public learner-centered research university. Located in Kingston, RI with three other campuses throughout the state, URI is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university.

Pro-Change Programs Used at CT Technical High School System

West Kingston, RI – June 21, 2012– With a Department of Public Health Tobacco Cessation Grant, the Connecticut Technical High School System is now making available Pro-Change’s online Keeping It Fresh tobacco cessation program for youth and the adult online Smoking Cessation program for the youth’s parents and the schools’ staff.

Counselors, educators, and nurses at the Connecticut Technical Schools have been trained in guiding and supporting youth in using the program through in-service training, taking the basic Transtheoretical Model e-Learning course (and receiving 4 CEs), studying the Coaches Guide for Using the Transtheoretical Model, and having available the Smoking Cessation stage-matched manual.

Marie Burlette, RN, BSN, and co-coordinator of the grant, stated that “It is great to have evidenced-based cessation programs both for our students, parents, and staff all delivered through our technical schools throughout Connecticut.”

About the Connecticut Technical High School System
The Connecticut Technical High School System provides a unique and rigorous learning environment that ensures both student academic success, trade/technology mastery, and instills a zest for lifelong learning. Students are prepared for post-secondary education including apprenticeships and immediate productive employment. For more information please visit www.cttech.org.

Self Esteem Boston Signs an Agreement to Work with Pro-Change

West Kingston, RI – June 6, 2012 – Pro-Change and Self Esteem Boston are collaborating to develop validated pre- and post-measures to assess the readiness of Self Esteem Boston’s direct service clients in recovery to gain and use skills that support recovery and improve their lives.

Self Esteem Boston is a non-profit charitable organization that provides a unique psycho-educational program that directly teaches the tools of self-esteem as the basis for improving people’s lives. Self Esteem Boston targets their direct service programs to women in the Boston region who are homeless, substance abusers, victims of domestic violence, individuals transitioning out of the criminal justice system, and the unemployed. They also deliver professional development programs for community agency staff in greater Boston, and continuing education and CEU training programs to service providers throughout New England.

Marion B. Davis, President and Executive Director of Self Esteem Boston stated, “I am pleased to be collaborating with Pro-Change so that we can know better the impact our work has on our clients.”

About Self Esteem Boston

Self Esteem Boston’s mission is to change people’s lives from the inside out by raising their self-esteem. And by raising their self-esteem, it is their goal that people will live more consciously, and become self-accepting, self-assertive, and live with purpose, responsibility, and integrity. They do this by delivering self-esteem educational programs in group-settings which 1) defines what self-esteem is, 2) educates people on why self-esteem matters, and teaches people how to build self-esteem through essential skill development, and 3) support toward making healthy life choices. For more information, please visit
www.selfesteemboston.com.

Pro-Change’s Founder James O. Prochaska Highlighted in The American Journal of Health Promotion

West Kingstown, RI – May 17, 2012 – James O. Prochaska, PhD described as “one of the most prolific luminaries in the profession” was interviewed by Paul E. Terry, PhD the new editor of The Art of Health Promotion in the May/June 2012 edition of The American Journal of Health Promotion.

Dr. Terry focused on asking Dr. Prochaska on how best to apply what he has learned about behavior change against some of the most perplexing challenges we are presently tackling as practitioners. Terry explores with Jim the scientific implication of the generalized use of the Transtheoretical Model; the criticisms from West & Sutton; the use of financial incentives; and the importance of multiple behavior change.

Terry concluded that Jim is “deeply grounded in doing the right thing and allowing scientific evidence to be the basis for continued debate, disagreements, and discovery.”

William R. Miller, PhD provided a prologue to the interview in which he states that “it is now widely accepted that facilitating motivation for change is OUR job, and I can think of no one more responsible for that sea of change than Jim Prochaska.”

Join Dr. Paul Terry the new editor of The Art of Health Promotion, on Tuesday, May 29 at 1 p.m. (EST) for a discussion with Dr. James Prochaska and Dr. William Miller. Gain insight into practical application of their extensive research and hear their views on future direction for the field. Please visit: www.healthpromotionjournal.com.

Pro-Change’s Founder James O. Prochaska Highlighted in The American Journal of Health Promotion

West Kingstown, RI – May 17, 2012 – James O. Prochaska, PhD described as “one of the most prolific luminaries in the profession” was interviewed by Paul E. Terry, PhD the new editor of The Art of Health Promotion in the May/June 2012 edition of The American Journal of Health Promotion.

Dr. Terry focused on asking Dr. Prochaska on how best to apply what he has learned about behavior change against some of the most perplexing challenges we are presently tackling as practitioners. Terry explores with Jim the scientific implication of the generalized use of the Transtheoretical Model; the criticisms from West & Sutton; the use of financial incentives; and the importance of multiple behavior change.

Terry concluded that Jim is “deeply grounded in doing the right thing and allowing scientific evidence to be the basis for continued debate, disagreements, and discovery.”

William R. Miller, PhD provided a prologue to the interview in which he states that “it is now widely accepted that facilitating motivation for change is OUR job, and I can think of no one more responsible for that sea of change than Jim Prochaska.”

Join Dr. Paul Terry the new editor of The Art of Health Promotion, on Tuesday, May 29 at 1 p.m. (EST) for a discussion with Dr. James Prochaska and Dr. William Miller. Gain insight into practical application of their extensive research and hear their views on future direction for the field. Please visit: www.healthpromotionjournal.com.