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

Pro-Change’s Behavior Change Science and Tailoring Technology Drive New SELF Program

Pro-Change is proud to announce that the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is launching Strategies to Embrace Living with Lupus Fearlessly (SELF), a new online self-management program designed to help people with lupus build and enhance skills in four pillars of lupus self-management:

1. managing symptoms

2. managing stress

3. managing medications

4. working with their health care team

SELF is the first and only online self-management program tailored to the specific needs of persons living with lupus and it was developed by the LFA with guidance from people with lupus, their doctors, the behavior change scientists and technologists at Pro-Change Behavior Systems, and other experts.

“I love how the SELF program meets users where they are in their lupus journey. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with lupus for some time, SELF provides easy to understand and very useful tools and information to help you feel more in control of this difficult disease,” shared Shira Walker, lupus warrior. “The symptom tracker and text reminders keep me on track and I can choose to easily share that information with my doctor. SELF is truly a one-stop resource for lupus self-management and I encourage other people with lupus to take advantage of this helpful program.”

The SELF program serves as a digital coach, providing easy-to-use tools, trackers, information, support and reminders to help individuals better manage their lupus. SELF is tailored to the individual’s unique needs. Throughout the program, SELF users can decide what tools to use and which self-management skills to work on and when, based on their level of readiness. In addition to having access to tailored feedback, tips, trackers, and tools, SELF users can connect with their peers in the lupus community and get their questions answered by the LFA’s health education specialists.

“We’re thrilled to join the Lupus Foundation of America in announcing the availability of SELF and are honored to collaborate with their team, people with lupus, and numerous experts to play a role in the development of this evidence-based personalized self-management program,” said Dr. Sara Johnson, Co-President and CEO of Pro-Change.

SELF is free and available to people with lupus who are ages 18 years & over.

Learn more about SELF and how to participate at Lupus.org/SELF.

For more information about LFA, visit Lupus.org.

Pro-Change Teams Up with the Rhode Island Department of Health to Promote COVID-19 Vaccines & Boosters

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) selected Pro-Change to infuse best practices from behavior change science into ongoing messaging to promote COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. The RIDOH and Pro-Change teams recognize that the individuals who have not yet been vaccinated are not a homogeneous group. Thus, targeted messages designed to meet people where they are in their decision-making process are urgently needed.

To advance RIDOH’s multifaceted efforts to increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters, Pro-Change first reviewed the extensive formative research conducted by RIDOH and spoke with several key community stakeholders in Rhode Island.

                                                 Sample communications provided to RIDOH

Applying best practices from robust behavior change theories, principles from a diverse array of communication frameworks, and emerging research on vaccine messaging, our expert team of scientists then developed a series of plain-language resources and tools to help community partners assess and respond to individuals’ confidence in and readiness for COVID-19 vaccination, as well as a library of localized social media posts that can be embedded in a community toolkit. The social media posts were specifically designed to resonate with individuals with varying levels of vaccine hesitancy and to be customizable by diverse community partners.

“We are deeply committed to leveraging every tool at our disposal to help increase rates of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters,” said Dr. Sara S. Johnson, Co-President and CEO of Pro-Change. “It is a pleasure and an honor to collaborate with the dedicated team at the Rhode Island Department of Health who has been working tirelessly to protect Rhode Island residents. We are grateful to be contributing to their efforts.”

In Other News…

Pro-Change recently teamed up with Med-IQ, an award-winning accredited medical education provider, to create an interactive text messaging campaign to help individuals manage atopic dermatitis (eczema). For more information, please visit prochange.com/ditch-the-itch.