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Pro-Change Awarded Grant to Develop Tobacco App Integrated with Electronic Health Records

Pro-Change was recently awarded a grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to transform its existing digital Tobacco Cessation solution into a HealthKit-enabled app integrated into electronic health records (EHR). The app will leverage Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) standards to:

  1. Implement a full range of best practices in tailored health behavior change nudges;
  2. Deliver hyper-personalized behavior change guidance based on Apple’s HealthKit data regarding medical history and conditions; and
  3. Automatically provide key actionable insights to the EHR with micro-messages clinicians can deliver to accelerate a patient’s behavior change progress.

The interoperability of this digital therapeutic for tobacco cessation will provide value to both patients and clinicians; empower and support lasting behavior change; and enable the implementation and evaluation of a best-in-class approach to tobacco treatment by removing barriers to accessing data-driven insights at the point of care. This is especially important as tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., contributing to more than 480,000 premature deaths annually.

Like Pro-Change’s existing evidence-based, mobile-optimized Tobacco Cessation solution, the app will address combustible cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigarettes or vapes).

“This app will facilitate the successful implementation of digital, tailored tobacco cessation interventions in clinical settings,” said Dr. Sara S. Johnson, Co-President and CEO of Pro-Change and the study’s principal investigator. “Given the extensive end-user input we will obtain, this research could also provide critical insights to inform care models using patient-generated health data for other health behavior apps. We’re looking forward to leveraging interoperability standards to provide critical lifestyle medicine insights to clinicians in a readily accessible format.”

This research is supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R43HL156588. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Pro-Change Launches Updated Online Course

Are you interested in learning more about the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of Behavior Change (Stages of Change model) and how to apply it to both your work and personal life? Pro-Change’s new online course, Become an Agent of Change: Applying the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, provides individuals, coaches, and other health professionals with the basic concepts and strategies needed to effectively use the TTM when working with clients to promote successful behavior change.

By the end of the 2-hour course, you will be able to assess an individual’s stage of change and know which behavior change strategies to employ in order to assist people in moving to the next stage of change. The skills you will gain are applicable to any behavior, enabling you to work with entire populations regardless of their readiness to change.

After completing the course, recent users have called the online course “one of the best online trainings I’ve ever completed.” They have also said it is a “great course and easy to understand!”; is “clear and comprehensive”; “well planned and executed”; and that it “can be beneficial for my workplace and my personal life.”

What will YOU say about Pro-Change’s online course? Try the free preview today!

In Other News…

Check out the latest issue of The American Journal of Health Promotion for Dr. Sara Johnson’s editorial on “Equity, Justice, and the Role of the Health Promotion Profession in Dismantling Systemic Racism

This month’s issue also contains the latest issue of Knowing Well, Being Well on The Future of Work.

Pro-Change Receives $1.5 Million Grant for Innovative Substance Use Intervention

Approximately 21 million Americans over the age of 12 need substance use treatment. However, only 11% of those who need treatment receive it. Given that two-thirds of those with a substance-use disorder regularly seek primary care, Pro-Change is addressing the gaps in substance use treatment by integrating behavior change science into a Screening; Brief Intervention; Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) program for patients at federally qualified health centers.

Built using previous funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Pro-Change’s Connect2BWell program will undergo additional development and be tested in a nine-month randomized clinical trial. Connect2BWell includes a variety of digital intervention components for both patients and providers.

Patients at-risk receive a brief assessment and intervention based upon the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change to determine readiness to quit their most problematic drug and readiness to seek treatment. Patients also receive tailored text messages and access to customized online activities.

Through an integration with the federally qualified health center’s electronic health record, the intervention delivers a provider facing Clinical Dashboard that summarizes the patient’s substance use risk scores and stage of change data, and provides stage-matched scripts and action steps to guide a brief in-person intervention session.

“Pro-Change is thrilled to be able to continue our long history of innovative program development to address unmet needs in substance use treatment.”– Dr. Kerry Evers, Pro-Change Co-President & CEO.

This research is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R44DA044840. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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