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

Pro-Change Highlighted a Second Time by AHRQ Innovations Exchange

West Kingston, RI – March 1, 2012 – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recognized Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Programs for a second time in its Innovations Exchange.

Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Programs, licensed by Quality Health Solutions, are part of Quality Health Solutions’ comprehensive wellness programs.

The profile focused on Quality Health Solutions implementation and associated impact of its wellness services at a large employer group for the previous six years.

Results include:

    Broad Participation

  • Participation ranged from 88 to 95 percent.
  • Improved Behaviors

  • Over one-third of smokers (35 percent) quit smoking; more than two-thirds (68 percent) changed behaviors to manage stress more effectively; the vast majority (79 percent) of those at risk for depression exhibited improvements in symptoms; average cholesterol fell by 9.7 points.
  • Fewer Risk Factors

  • The percentage with no risk factors roughly doubled with concomitant declines in those with two or more risks.
  • Stable Costs

  • Health care costs remained flat for the first four years, well below historical increases of 8 percent a year. Since 2008, health care costs have grown quite modestly with average increases of two to three percent.

Janice M. Prochaska, Ph.D., President and CEO of Pro-Change stated that “it is really rewarding that AHRQ recognized Pro-Change’s evidence-based programs and Quality Health Solutions comprehensive wellness services for the impact they produce on entire populations of employees.”

For a full description of the Innovation profile, please visit www.innovations.ahrq.gov.

About the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality created the Health Care Innovations Exchange to speed the implementation of new and better ways of delivering health care. The Innovations Exchange supports the Agency’s mission to improve the quality of health care and reduce disparities. For more information, please visit www.innovations.ahrq.gov.

About Quality Health Solutions

Quality Health Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2001 with a mission to encourage personal responsibility for health and well-being. Its services are designed to help enhance health and well-being by reducing lifestyle risk factors, preventing future disease, and improving health-related quality of life. Through these services, QHS helps people discover their motivation and confidence, overcome challenges, and identify resources to achieve positive, healthy choices. QHS is the first and only wellness company offering assessments and interventions that were developed and proven effective by the scientific rigors of population level clinical trials. To learn more, please visit www.qualityhealthsolutions.com.

Pro-Change Highlighted a Second Time by AHRQ Innovations Exchange

West Kingston, RI – March 1, 2012 – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recognized Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Programs for a second time in its Innovations Exchange.

Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Programs, licensed by Quality Health Solutions, are part of Quality Health Solutions’ comprehensive wellness programs.

The profile focused on Quality Health Solutions implementation and associated impact of its wellness services at a large employer group for the previous six years.

Results include:

    Broad Participation

  • Participation ranged from 88 to 95 percent.
  • Improved Behaviors

  • Over one-third of smokers (35 percent) quit smoking; more than two-thirds (68 percent) changed behaviors to manage stress more effectively; the vast majority (79 percent) of those at risk for depression exhibited improvements in symptoms; average cholesterol fell by 9.7 points.
  • Fewer Risk Factors

  • The percentage with no risk factors roughly doubled with concomitant declines in those with two or more risks.
  • Stable Costs

  • Health care costs remained flat for the first four years, well below historical increases of 8 percent a year. Since 2008, health care costs have grown quite modestly with average increases of two to three percent.

Janice M. Prochaska, Ph.D., President and CEO of Pro-Change stated that “it is really rewarding that AHRQ recognized Pro-Change’s evidence-based programs and Quality Health Solutions comprehensive wellness services for the impact they produce on entire populations of employees.”

For a full description of the Innovation profile, please visit www.innovations.ahrq.gov.

About the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality created the Health Care Innovations Exchange to speed the implementation of new and better ways of delivering health care. The Innovations Exchange supports the Agency’s mission to improve the quality of health care and reduce disparities. For more information, please visit www.innovations.ahrq.gov.

About Quality Health Solutions

Quality Health Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2001 with a mission to encourage personal responsibility for health and well-being. Its services are designed to help enhance health and well-being by reducing lifestyle risk factors, preventing future disease, and improving health-related quality of life. Through these services, QHS helps people discover their motivation and confidence, overcome challenges, and identify resources to achieve positive, healthy choices. QHS is the first and only wellness company offering assessments and interventions that were developed and proven effective by the scientific rigors of population level clinical trials. To learn more, please visit www.qualityhealthsolutions.com.

YMCA of Middle Tennessee Members to receive LifeStyle Management Suite

Starting in 2012, select members of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee will participate in Pro-Change’s LifeStyle suite of programs. Pro-Change’s health risk intervention (HRI) and behavior change programs will be integrated into the curriculum of two of the Y’s successful offerings:

  • Hope for Health, is a relationship-focused, result driven program in which a health coach works with mothers, ages 18-45, in underserved urban and rural areas of Middle Tennessee over a 12-week period. Through lifestyle and behavior education and intervention the group seeks to positively impact the health and well-being of the women and their families.
  • Restore Ministries, is a Christian-based counseling program that provides hope and healing to members looking to make lasting life changes by focusing on the whole person – spirit, mind, and body. Through a combination of small group classes and individual counseling services, members receive the support and guidance they need to overcome a variety of life-controlling issues ranging from low self-esteem to co-dependency, addictions, and more.

Participants in both programs will complete Pro-Change’s online HRI to pinpoint their stage of readiness to change for various health risks and receive targeted guidance on the most important steps that can be taken to progress to the next stage of change. Participants will be encouraged to share their printed HRI report with staff leaders of those groups. YMCA Staff have completed Pro-Change’s 4-hour e-Learning training module as well as an in-person training conducted by Kerry Evers, Ph.D., Senior Vice President at Pro-Change. Through those training opportunities, staff are prepared to coach participants on selecting certain behavioral risks to work on and identifying stage-matched goals for each. Participants will have access to up to 9 behavior change programs included in the LifeStyle suite to support their behavior change needs and goals.

“Pro-Change’s LifeStyle programs will enhance our ability to walk alongside our members as they work to make lasting lifestyle changes,” says Ted Cornelius, Executive Director, Tennessee YMCA State Alliance and Pioneering Healthier Communities. Cornelius adds, “The stage-matched, individualized and evidence-based foundation of the programs matches with our Y’s aim to meet our members where they are at and offer the best support and guidance we can to help them improve their overall health and well-being. Many of our program participants come to us because they’ve reached a point in life where they need extra help, and Pro-Change’s programs will only increase the level of support we’re able to provide.”

About the YMCA of Middle TN

The YMCA of MiddleTN Worksite Wellness program is part of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit, worldwide charitable fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of helping people grow in spirit, mind and body. For more than 136 years, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee has been giving people of all ages the tools they need to learn, grow and thrive. With 31 centers and 328 program locations, the YMCA reaches 329,697 lives – 1 of every 6 people in the 12-county area it serves – by nuturing the potential of children and teens, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to serve others and support our neighbors.

YMCA of Middle Tennessee Members to receive LifeStyle Management Suite

Starting in 2012, select members of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee will participate in Pro-Change’s LifeStyle suite of programs. Pro-Change’s health risk intervention (HRI) and behavior change programs will be integrated into the curriculum of two of the Y’s successful offerings:

  • Hope for Health, is a relationship-focused, result driven program in which a health coach works with mothers, ages 18-45, in underserved urban and rural areas of Middle Tennessee over a 12-week period. Through lifestyle and behavior education and intervention the group seeks to positively impact the health and well-being of the women and their families.
  • Restore Ministries, is a Christian-based counseling program that provides hope and healing to members looking to make lasting life changes by focusing on the whole person – spirit, mind, and body. Through a combination of small group classes and individual counseling services, members receive the support and guidance they need to overcome a variety of life-controlling issues ranging from low self-esteem to co-dependency, addictions, and more.

Participants in both programs will complete Pro-Change’s online HRI to pinpoint their stage of readiness to change for various health risks and receive targeted guidance on the most important steps that can be taken to progress to the next stage of change. Participants will be encouraged to share their printed HRI report with staff leaders of those groups. YMCA Staff have completed Pro-Change’s 4-hour e-Learning training module as well as an in-person training conducted by Kerry Evers, Ph.D., Senior Vice President at Pro-Change. Through those training opportunities, staff are prepared to coach participants on selecting certain behavioral risks to work on and identifying stage-matched goals for each. Participants will have access to up to 9 behavior change programs included in the LifeStyle suite to support their behavior change needs and goals.

“Pro-Change’s LifeStyle programs will enhance our ability to walk alongside our members as they work to make lasting lifestyle changes,” says Ted Cornelius, Executive Director, Tennessee YMCA State Alliance and Pioneering Healthier Communities. Cornelius adds, “The stage-matched, individualized and evidence-based foundation of the programs matches with our Y’s aim to meet our members where they are at and offer the best support and guidance we can to help them improve their overall health and well-being. Many of our program participants come to us because they’ve reached a point in life where they need extra help, and Pro-Change’s programs will only increase the level of support we’re able to provide.”

About the YMCA of Middle TN

The YMCA of MiddleTN Worksite Wellness program is part of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit, worldwide charitable fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of helping people grow in spirit, mind and body. For more than 136 years, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee has been giving people of all ages the tools they need to learn, grow and thrive. With 31 centers and 328 program locations, the YMCA reaches 329,697 lives – 1 of every 6 people in the 12-county area it serves – by nuturing the potential of children and teens, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to serve others and support our neighbors.