Pro-Change’s Multiple Behavior Change Work Featured in Journal and Upcoming Webinar
March 13th, 2015
Kerry E. Evers, PhD; Sara Johnson, PhD; Patty Castle, PhD
“The Coaction Issue” of The Art of Health Promotion was just published in the American Journal of Health Promotion. It includes three articles co-authored by Pro-Change Behavior System’s Sara Johnson, PhD, Kerry Evers, PhD, and Patricia Castle, PhD. The articles summarize and highlight several recent advances in multiple behavior change interventions, such as coaction and paired action.
You can register now for a free webinar that will feature “The Coaction Issue:
Thinking Differently about Steps to Behavior Change” on March 24, 2015, at 1pm Eastern. The Webinar, hosted by Dr. Paul Terry, editor of The Art of Health Promotion, will include Dr. Johnson, Dr. Evers, and Marie-Josée Shaar of Smarts and Stamina.
To learn more, view the articles on coaction in the March/April 2015 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.
(2015) The Art of Health Promotion. American Journal of Health Promotion: March/April 2015, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. TAHP-1-TAHP-12. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4278/ajhp.29.4.tahp
Three Pro-Change Staff to Present at the 25th Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference
February 26th, 2015
“What’s Next for Health Promotion? What New Approaches Will Produce the Best Outcomes” is the title of the 25th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference in San Diego, CA from March 30th to April 3rd.
Kerry E. Evers, PhD, Senior Vice President at Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., will present on “Disruptive Technology: Help or Hindrance?” The focus will be on how to best integrate best practice into expanding technology innovations and how evolving best practices will integrate not only innovations in the health promotion, but those from the technology arena as well.
Sara S. Johnson, PhD, Senior Vice President, will present two sessions–one on “Innovations in Health Promotion: Exploring and Promoting Synergies between Cultural and Individual Change Initiatives.” Dr. Johnson sees the biggest impact on health will likely result from simultaneous policy, environmental, culture initiatives, combined with high-quality evidence-based individually tailored behavior change programs. Dr. Johnson’s second presentation, “Integrating Best Practices is a Next Practice,” conducted with Karen Horgan, CEO of VAL Health, will highlight successful initiatives that combined Pro-Change’s award-winning Transtheoretical Model evidence-based behavior change programs with VAL Health’s evidence-based incentive solutions that build on behavioral economics to increase engagement and improve outcomes.
Leanne M. Mauriello, PhD, Vice President at Pro-Change, at a Poster Session, will share the outcomes in a presentation entitled “Using mHealth to Deliver Behavior Change Interventions within Prenatal Care at Community Health Centers.” The multi-behavior change program was tested in a randomized controlled trial targeting smoking cessation, healthy eating, and stress management. The program produced strong engagement, retention, and significant reduction in numbers of risks post-delivery.
Pro-Change is proud to have such a strong presence at the 25th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference to present the very best in the science and practice of health promotion,” stated Janice M. Prochaska, PhD, President and CEO.
Sara Johnson Ranked in the Top 10 of WELCOA’s Health Promotion Professionals
February 11th, 2015
Sara Johnson, PhD, Senior Vice President at Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., has been ranked in the Top 10 of WELCOA’s Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals. Out of 210 nominees, 100 were chosen as the best of the best, then 10 were scored in the upper echelon by an elite judging panel of health promotion leaders.
It was Sara’s vision for the future of health promotion, her leadership, and her innovative approach to her work that set her apart and placed her in the Top 10.
In her nearly 20 years in the health promotion field, Sara has relentlessly pursued innovations in health promotion and opportunities to integrate science and practice. For a full description of her achievements in developing award-winning health behavior change programs, her contributions to the science of behavior change, her leadership in the field, and her goals to advance the industry, please go to
Pro-Change’s Dr. Evers Highlighted in Forthcoming Book
February 4th, 2015
Gurunath Hari, author of the 2014 book The 6 Dimensions: Overcome Presenteeism–Excel in Work and Life, acknowledges and thanks in his introduction, Dr. Kerry Evers for providing him with critical support in identifying the key factors of presenteeism in the workplace.
Presenteeism has been called “working while unwell” and is meant to refer to the lack of productivity and costs to the employers, when employees show up to work at less than full steam. It represents disengagement for whatever reason–stress, marital strife, erratic child care, lack of sleep, issues with a supervisor–not just illness. There is a growing movement towards a more inclusive view of improving health and productivity that encompasses an individual’s overall well-being with an aim of improving the functioning of the whole individual at home, at work, and in the community.
The book cites our article, “The Well-Being Assessment for Productivity: A Well-Being Approach to Presenteeism,” authored by Evers and others at Pro-Change and Healthways as a seminal piece of research on the factors that lead to presenteeism. The article addresses measures of presenteeism that determine how aspects of physical and emotional health, work environment, and basic access to resources act as barriers to productivity. Those measures can provide a more informative evaluation of productivity loss than measures focusing only on illness, and can lead to targeted interventions to reduce presenteeism.
Evers states that “In this book, Gurunath Hari uses true life stories to present a powerful message that explains the dynamics with which employee well-being and presenteeism interact and provides compelling reasons and ways to institutionalize a holistic wellness approach for people to sustain excellence in work and life.”
The book will be available from Amazon and in Kindle at the end of February.
Pro-Change Awarded Grant to Develop a Pain Intervention for Veterans
January 7th, 2015
A Phase I Small Business Intervention Research grant has been awarded to Pro-Change Behavior Systems by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). An online, mobile-optimized interactive pain self-management program for chronic musculoskeletal pain will be developed for veterans that: 1) provides feedback matched to an individual’s readiness to use helpful pain coping skills, improve sleep hygiene, and manage stress; 2) leverages social networking; 3) includes personalized text messages; and 4) uses principles of gaming for health to engage users. A panel of Veteran advisors with chronic pain and experts in pain self-management, gaming, plain language, and multiculturism will inform the design of a program prototype. Focus groups and usability tests will also be conducted to assess the usability and acceptability of the program prior to a 30-day pilot study.
This research is significant given the enormous public health burden of pain and the fact that Veterans are disproportionately affected by chronic pain. Experts in the field are calling for innovative interventions that utilize technology to increase the accessibility of evidence-based treatments. Sara Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President at Pro-Change, explained that unlike any existing pain interventions, the program Pro-Change is developing will be tailored specifically to Veterans’ readiness to adopt self-management and preference for pain management strategies.
Pro-Change signs strategic partnership with GetWellNetwork
December 16th, 2014
GetWellNetwork®, Inc., the leader in Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) solutions has signed a strategic partnership with Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. The partnership is an extension of GetWell Labs™, a research and development initiative that serves as an incubator for disruptive patient and family engagement technologies.
GetWellNetwork will incorporate Pro-Change’s Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change programs — based on more than 35 years of scientific research, intervention development, and empirical studies — into its Interactive Patient Care Pathways™. Delivered on the iPad, mobile device, or bedside TV, IPC Pathways are workflows that engage patients at the right point of care to learn about their condition and take action to manage their health. With Pro-Change’s proven methods, IPC Pathways can now be customized to target and deliver patient-specific care plan interventions.
“Pro-Change is thrilled to partner with GetWellNetwork,” said Kerry E. Evers, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research and Product Development for Pro-Change. “The combination of our scientifically validated behavior change programs and GetWellNetwork’s IPC technology will create a powerful solution. Together, we can engage and empower patients and families in the behavior change process, improve outcomes, and transform the patient experience.”
“When we founded GetWell Labs, we promised to bring the future faster to engage patients and families in new ways,” said GetWellNetwork Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Bennett. This partnership will enable our client community to build on the outcomes they are already achieving by delivering more effective care and empowering every patient.”
Pro-Change Programs Recognized in Employee Benefit News
October 23rd, 2014
South Kingstown, RI. (October 23, 2014) John Kaegi, Chief Strategist for Healthstat, Inc., and Sara Johnson PhD, Senior Vice President of Research and Product Development for Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., recently published a paper in Employee Benefit News on the “4 Elements of a Well-Designed Wellness Program.”
They state that well-designed wellness programs should include:
1. Assessment and Screening
2. Behavior Change Interventions
3. Engagement Methods
4. Measurement and Evaluation
Specifically highlighted is the value that the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change brings to each of the four areas through Pro-Change’s Health Risk Intervention (Health Risk Assessment plus Intervention), Clinical Dashboard, evidence-based behavior change programs, SMS-tailored text messaging, and aggregate reports. For the full article, go to: http://ebn.benefitnews.com/blog/beadvised/4-elements-of-a-well-designed-wellness-program-2744451-1.html
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Pro-Change Receives NIH Commercialization Assistance
October 22nd, 2014
Pro-Change is one of 80 Small Business Innovation Research grant recipients
to qualify for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) CommercializationAssistance Program (CAP).
Seasoned companies like Pro-Change, with more established commercialization experience, but facing complex business strategic challenges, are eligible to receive CAP guidance. Emerging companies are also eligible.
Pro-Change will receive help with commercializing it’s evidence-based program, Teen Choices: A Program for Healthy, Nonviolent Relationships, a
computer-administered multi-media program designed to help youth develop and use healthy relationship skills to prevent dating abuse (if dating), or peer abuse or bullying (if not dating).
CAP, during its free 9-month assistance, will identify and connect Pro-Change with key customers, articulate the highest and best use of their innovative solutions, and build sustainable pathways to revenue and continuing relevance.
Pro-Change’s Founder is in the Top 10 of Eminent Clincal Psychologists
October 15th, 2014
South Kingstown, RI
James O. Prochaska, PhD, Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.’s founder, has had impacts in the field that place him in the top 10 most eminent clinical photo-jimprochaska psychologists in the past 70 years.
A list of 200 psychologists across 16 specialties were identified in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Archives of Scientific Psychology journal (Diener et al. 2014) as having the highest impact and receiving the most recognition for their contributions to psychology. This group of 200 represents less than one-tenth of one percent of all psychologists in the past 70 years.
Pro-Change is honored to have been working with Jim since 1997 as we continue to advance the science and practice of behavior change so as to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and populations.
Pro-Change’s Algorithms are now Integrated into Breakthrough Health & Wellness
October 8th, 2014
South Kingstown, RI. (October 7, 2014)
Breakthrough Health & Wellness Solutions, Inc. (Breakthrough) is now using Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.’s evidence-based weight management staging measures to further individualize their fitness and weight loss offering, Online Boot Camp. Integration of the staging measures will allow Breakthrough to expand their patented interval training- based program of personalized fitness and personalized nutrition to now include personalized motivation. Breakthrough will utilize Pro-Change’s measures to determine their member’s stage of change for regular exercise, healthy eating, and emotional eating, at the start and throughout participation in Online Boot Camp. Once assessed, tailored messaging and guidance will be given to members and each member’s personalized motivation plan will evolve with them as they move through the Stages of Change.
Jonathan Roche, Founder and CEO of Breakthrough said, “The ability to speak to our members, exactly where they are in their health and wellness journey is essential. Our mission is to positively transform millions of lives and adding personalized motivation is a significant step forward. Using Pro-Change’s measures takes the guesswork out of determining what guidance our members need.”
Breakthrough and Pro-Change have signed a 5-year exclusivity agreement for integrating staging algorithms in the duration-based online fitness and weight loss space. In the crowded online fitness market, which now includes the explosion of wearable devices, this agreement allows Breakthrough the opportunity to provide a comprehensive fitness and weight loss offering unlike any other in the industry.
Roche further said, “We are excited that 69% of our Online Boot Camp participants who complete an 8-week Online Boot Camp, lose weight and achieve an average annualized weight loss of 24 pounds and an average annualized BMI reduction of 4 points. We are confident that partnering with Pro-Change and leveraging their expertise and thought leadership in the science of behavior change will increase our industry-leading results.”