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

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.

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. Announces Change in Ownership: Drs. Johnson and Evers to Assume Leadership

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Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. today announced the promotion of Dr. Sara S. Johnson and Dr. Kerry E. Evers, two of its senior executives, to the position of co-President & CEO. This change followed the recent acquisition of the company by Drs. Johnson and Evers, and represents the natural succession following Dr. Janice M. Prochaska’s recent retirement as President and CEO. Drs. Janice and James O. Prochaska will continue to serve as consultants to the company. Pro-Change has experienced steady growth under Dr. Janice Prochaska’s tenure and is well positioned for significant continued growth and success with Drs. Johnson and Evers at the helm.

Pro-Change will retain its employees to ensure continuity of operations and a seamless transition. Most of the employees have worked at Pro-Change for several years and have played an integral role in the company’s success.

“I am truly confident as I pass the reins over to Kerry and Sara that they will continue to move the business forward and take Pro-Change to new heights. Their diverse experience and strong leadership will benefit Pro-Change, its employees, partners, and customers,” said Dr. Janice Prochaska. “I look forward to remaining involved as a consultant.”

“We are honored and excited to lead Pro-Change. With the solid foundation built by Jan Prochaska, we look forward to propelling Pro-Change to the next level and advancing our implementation of evidence-based best practices of behavior change in collaboration with our partners,” said Dr. Johnson. “On behalf of the entire team, we sincerely thank Jan for her invaluable contributions throughout her career at Pro-Change. She has contributed immeasurably to our organization through her leadership. We wish her all the best.”

Dr. Evers said, “Our primary goal is to continue to provide best-in-class behavior change solutions in tandem with providing a caring, supportive environment for our greatest asset, our employees. Pro-Change will continue to operate with the excellence that has become a hallmark of our company culture for nearly two decades.”

Pro-Change Receives Three SBIR Contracts Totaling $2.65M



Pro-Change was successfully awarded three out of three submitted Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

In Stage-Based Mobile Intervention for Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care, a Phase I NIDA contract led by Deborah Levesque, Ph.D., Pro-Change will develop and pilot-test a prototype of a brief mobile-delivered stage-based Substance Use Risk Intervention (SURI) for primary care patients and a Clinical Dashboard for providers. The tools will be designed to facilitate Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for patients with risky substance use and substance use disorders.

In iWin: Navigating your Path to Well-Being, a Phase II NIDA contract led by Kerry Evers, Ph.D., Pro-Change will evaluate the effectiveness of the Individual Well-Being Navigator (iWin) mobile application in a randomized trial. iWin, a substance abuse prevention and well-being enhancement program designed specifically for active duty military personnel, was developed and piloted in a NIDA Phase I contract in early 2015.

In Integrative Platform for Primary Care Delivery of Evidence-Based Cancer Risk Behavior, a Phase II NCI contract co-led by Kerry Evers and Deb Levesque, Pro-Change will test a stage-based multiple behavior change intervention in a cluster-randomized trial in community health centers.

“We are honored that the National Institutes of Health awarded us these special opportunities to develop and test behavior change programs for military personnel and primary care patients,” stated Janice M. Prochaska, Ph.D., President and CEO of Pro-Change.

Distribution Agreement with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation


Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) signed a Distribution Agreement to promote, market, sell, and distribute Pro-Change’s Youth and Adult LifeStyle Management Suites of programs to schools, community health and mental health centers, addiction treatment facilities, and other organizations.

For the first time, Pro-Change’s evidence-based youth programs will be offered as a collection titled Youth LifeStyle to include Health in Motion: Obesity Prevention; Stand Up: Bullying Prevention; Teen Choices: Peer and Dating Violence Prevention; and Keepin’ It Fresh: Tobacco Cessation. Future courses will be added for cessation of alcohol and other drugs and emotional regulation skill development.

The Adult LifeStyle suite offering will contain Pro-Change’s URAC award-winning programs–exercise, stress management, weight management, healthy eating, depression prevention, medication adherence, and smoking cessation–all in English and Spanish. Future programs will include responsible drinking, sleep, and pain management.

“We are excited about the many opportunities available through the establishment of this partnership,” said Joe Jaksha, Publisher, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. “As an internationally recognized leader in the industry and one that is committed to adhering to evidence-based research standards, we are proud to align with the ongoing work of Pro-Change.”

Prochaskas sign book deal with Hazelden Publishing

James O. Prochaska, Ph.D., Founder, and Janice M. Prochaska, Ph.D., President & CEO, of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. recently signed a book contract with , to write Changing to Thrive: Overcome the Top 5 Threats to Health and Happiness.

Changing to Thrive will build on major breakthroughs in stage-based programs that have occurred since Changing for Good was published. These breakthroughs demonstrate how to overcome multiple bad habits and how to enhance multiple domains of well-being. The book will guide clients and professionals on how to apply the highest impact strategies at each stage of change. Interactive exercises will activate the right principles and processes of change to facilitate progress through each stage of change to empower readers to remove their biggest risks and gain the life-long rewards generated by the power to thrive.

Dr. Sara Johnson to Co-Present at 2015 HERO Forum with Karen Horgan of VAL Health


Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. announced today that Sara Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President at Pro-Change, will present at the 2015 HERO (Healthy Enhancement Research Organization) Forum, which takes placeSeptember 29 through October 1 in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Johnson will present Ready or Not: Tailored Communication and Behavioral Economics Help Smokers Quit with Karen Horgan, President and Co-founder of VAL Health, LLC. The Forum is expected to include more than 400 employers, employee health management providers, industry professional organizations, and research experts.
The presentation will include a case study that highlights the effectiveness of combining evidence-based tailored behavior change communications from Pro-Change’s award-winning Smoking Cessation Program with best practices in behavioral economics.
“The HERO Forum is a thought-provoking venue where leading-edge companies and behavior change experts can talk about recent innovations, breakthrough research, and real-life experiences in the evolving field of employee health management,” said Jerry Noyce, President and CEO of HERO. “We’re thrilled to have Sara and Karen as presenters at this year’s HERO Forum, as we take on the ‘Building a Culture of Health, at Home, Work, and in the Community.'”
For more information or to register for the HERO Forum, visit www.the-hero.org, or call HERO at (952) 835-4257.