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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.

Senior Vice President Kerry Evers Honored Among Top “40 Under Forty” by Providence Business News

Kerry Evers, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research and Development, has been named one of the state’s top business people in the annual “40 Under Forty” feature in Providence Business News (PBN). Kerry is one of 40 young professionals (business and nonprofit leaders) chosen from more than 115 nominees, based on career success and community involvement. PBN seeks the best and the brightest in the state of Rhode Island who have made a commitment to making a difference on a local, national, or international scale.

Kerry started her work at Pro-Change by obtaining Pro-Change’s first Small Business Innovative Research funding in 1998, and has continued to work with some of Pro-Change’s largest and longest term partnerships. She has led and played an integral part in research and product development for behaviors ranging from stress management and bullying prevention; the use of the Internet in affecting health behavior change, proactive health consumerism, and well-being; to text messaging for smoking cessation and programs for veterans with mild to moderate PTSD. “Kerry’s strong leadership and willingness to take risks has brought new technologies and cutting edge innovations to Pro-Change” stated Janice M. Prochaska, President & CEO. “Kerry is one of the original founders who helped launch Pro-Change in 1997 and continues to help Pro-Change thrive.”

Kerry’s reputation has grown throughout the behavioral-science field. She has written roughly 40 published works and has had speaking engagements at nearly 100 conferences in more than 10 countries. She is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Health Promotion, and adjunct faculty at the University of Rhode Island. In 2009, she was one of 20 experts to participate in the “Forum on the Future Impact of Neuroscience and Behavior Change.” She is often asked to review for grant funding agencies and journals, and serves as the Chair of the Multiple Behavior Change Special Interest Group for the Society of Behavioral Medicine as well as a track chair for a variety of conferences.

Kerry’s work has also been recognized by military leaders. In 2008, Evers was selected by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense as one of 50 leaders from across the nation to participate in the 76th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. In 2009 she was invited to attend the 56th Annual National Security Forum at the Air War College.

Kerry is equally as dedicated to influencing change in the community. She is on the Board of Directors for South Kingstown CARES, a nonprofit volunteer organization that supports the town’s school district. She has also worked with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Cancer Society, and several other local nonprofit organizations. Evers, a 3rd degree Black Belt in Okinawan Karate, also assists with teaching and programs at her karate studio.

About Providence Business News

Providence Business News, nicknamed PBN, is a weekly business newspaper focusing on the economy in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts. For information about PBN, please visit www.pbn.com.

Pro-Change Granted Women’s Business Enterpise Certification

After an intensive evaluation and an onsite visit, Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce it was officially granted a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The WBE is a nationally-accepted certification recognized by numerous private sector companies and governmental agencies.

WBE Membership criteria demand that members provide documented evidence that at least 51% or more of a company is owned, managed, and controlled by women. Membership facilitates beneficial procurement opportunities for WBEs and corporations on a local and national level. By including women-owned businesses among their partners, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this Certification to our partners and customers to help them in their efforts to receive contracts and grants,” stated Pro-Change’s President & CEO, Dr. Janice M. Prochaska.

About Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

The Center for Women & Enterprise is the New England certifying organization for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

WBENC is the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 U.S. companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs. For more information about The Center for Women & Enterprise or Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, please visit www.cweonline.org or www.wbenc.org.

Pro-Change WBE Certificate

URAC Awards Pro-Change Gold Award for Best Practices in Health Management

Pro-Change Behavior Systems was presented the Gold Award for Health Management by leading health care accreditation organization, URAC. The honor was announced at the 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards Gala on April 1-2 in Orlando, Florida. The awards are designed to recognize innovative leadership and successful programs in consumer-focused health care management.

Pro-Change was honored for its LifeStyle Management Program Suite, a set of programs that works with individuals to help them identify their readiness to change in relation to seven behaviors closely tied to preventing and managing chronic disease. The LifeStyle Management programs offer individuals access to a health risk intervention, a computerized tailored intervention, and an interactive stage-matched workbook, all based on the Transtheoretical Model.

Seventy submissions were evaluated by a 27-member panel of prestigious, independent judges including experts in program evaluation, care coordination, health information technology, employer and purchaser decision making and patient safety. Honors were awarded in six categories: Health Plans and Health Networks, Health Management, Health Information/Decision Support, Pharmacy Quality Management, Consumer Decision-Making, and Consumer Health Improvement.

“Our Best Practices awards program is a unique celebration of the best the health care industry has to offer. These companies have made a difference in the lives of consumers by implementing leading-edge programs with results that matter,” said Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO of URAC. “At a time when health care reform is in the spotlight, achievements from companies like Pro-Change are even more important.”

“We are honored to be recognized by URAC,” stated Janice M. Prochaska, President & CEO of Pro-Change. “We appreciate the importance of URAC’s goal to raise the quality and impact of the evidence needed to support health management programs.”

Stress Management Program Recognized by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. today announced that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has included a profile of Pro-Change’s Stress Management Program as part of their Health Care Innovations Exchange.

The Stress Management Program is currently being utilized by HealthString LLC, Quality Health Solutions, Healthways, and Medifit. HealthString’s use of the program is highlighted in the Innovations Exchange profile.

Supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, the Stress Management Program assists individuals in managing their stress more effectively using practices such as relaxation, exercise, meditation, and social support.

Dr. Kerry Evers of Pro-Change designed the Stress Management Program based on the Transtheoretical Model and studied its effectiveness in a randomized controlled trial with adults from across the United States. At the 18-month follow-up, a significantly larger proportion of the treatment group (62%) was effectively managing their stress when compared to the control group. The intervention also produced significant reductions in stress and depression, and an increase in the use of stress management techniques when compared to the control group.

AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange is a Web-based resource designed to support health care professionals in sharing and adopting innovations that improve health care quality. The Innovations Exchange allows a variety of health practitioners to explore innovative strategies and quality-related tools, learn how to improve their organization’s ability to innovate and adopt new ideas, and interact with innovators and adopters.

The Stress Management Program’s profile is titled ‘Individualized Stress Management Program Encourages Healthy Behaviors and Coping Techniques’. The profile describes in detail how HealthString, LLC uses the Stress Management Program, part of Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Management Programs. HealthString is a personal health network which works to empower individuals to proactively manage their health by enabling behavior changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Use of the Stress Management Program allows HealthString clients to work towards that goal.

In response to receiving the AHRQ recognition, Liz Pampel Willock, President, Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer of HealthString stated, “Pro-Change Behavior Systems understands how people make effective and lasting change to improve their health, and HealthString uses several of Pro-Change’s Lifestyle Management Programs with success for our members. The Stress Management Program is a perfect fit for HealthString’s consumer-centered approach: strategic behavior change support and coaching that is dynamically tailored to an individual’s needs.”

To read the full outcome articles see:

Evers, K.E., Prochaska, J.O., Mauriello, L.M., Padula, J.A. and Prochaska, J.M. (2006). A randomized clinical trial of a population and transtheoretical-based stress management intervention. Health Psychology 25 (4), 521-529. abstract

Abstract: Stress has been associated with a variety of chronic and acute conditions and with higher use of health care services. This research reports on 18-month outcomes of a randomized clinical trial of a stress management program based on the transtheoretical model (TTM, J.0. Prochaska & C.C. DiClemente, 1986). A national sample of 1,085 individuals participated (age range = 18-91 years, M = 55.33; 68.9% Female, 31.1% male; 84.8% Caucasian; 15.2% non-Caucasian). Both the treatment and control groups received assessments at 0, 6, 12, and 18 months. In addition to the assessments, the treatment group received 3 individualized reports (0,3,6 months) and a manual. The 18-month assessment was completed by 778 individuals (72%). A random effects model indicated that participants completing the study in the treatment group had significantly more individuals reporting effective stress management at follow-up time points than did completers in the control group. Results also indicate that the intervention had significant effects on stress, depression, and specific stress-management behaviors. Results provide evidence for the effectiveness of this TTM population-based stress-management intervention.

Prochaska, J. O., Butterworth, S., Redding, C. A., Burden, V., Perrin, N., Leo, M. et al. (2008). Initial efficacy of MI, TTM tailoring and HRI’s with multiple behaviors for employee health promotion. Preventive Medicine, 46, 226-231. abstract

Abstract:
Objective: This study was designed to compare the initial efficacy of Motivational Interviewing (MI), Online Transtheoretical Model (TTM)-tailored communications and a brief Health Risk Intervention (HRI) on four health risk factors (inactivity, BMI, stress and smoking) in a worksite sample.
Method: A randomized clinical trial assigned employees to one of three recruitment strategies and one of the three treatments. The treatment protocol included an HRI session for everyone and in addition either a recommended three TTM online sessions or three MI in person or telephone sessions over 6 months. At the initial post-treatment assessment at 6 months, groups were compared on the percentage who had progressed from at risk to taking effective action on each of the four risks.
Results: Compared to the HRI only group, the MI and TTM groups had significantly more participants in the Action stage for exercise and effective stress management and significantly fewer risk behaviors at 6 months. MI and TTM group outcomes were not different.
Conclusion: This was the first study to demonstrate that MI and online TTM could produce significant multiple behavior changes. Future research will examine the long-term impacts of each treatment, their cost effectiveness, effects on productivity and quality of life and process variables mediating outcomes.

Tibbetts Award Presented to Pro-Change

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. received a Tibbetts Award in recognition of significant achievements involving technological innovation related to the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). Pro-Change President & CEO, Janice M. Prochaska, accepted the award at a ceremony in Washington, D. C. on October 10, 2007. Pro-Change was selected for its outstanding SBIR research, dissemination, and commercialization of health behavior change programs funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease and Prevention.

Named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the SBIR Program, these prestigious national awards are given annually to small firms judged to exemplify the best in SBIR achievement. The Small Business Technology Council (SBTC), a council of the National Small Business Association, is the lead sponsor of the award.

Tibbetts Award
Janice Prochaska with Roland Tibbetts, left and Jere Glover.

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