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Johnson’s Editorial on Racial Equity Named Paper of the Year

Pro-Change’s Co-President and CEO, Dr. Sara Johnson, was honored that her recent editorialEquity, Justice, and the Role of the Health Promotion Profession in Dismantling Systemic Racism,” was named “Paper of the Year” by the American Journal of Health Promotion.

This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. — Dr. Martin Luther King

In the editorial, Johnson tackles the complex issue of addressing systemic racism. She examines a variety of issues including the racism BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) face in their places of work, the growing income inequality that disproportionately affects black and brown communities, and how the COVID-19 crisis has compounded those issues. Recognizing that racism is a public health issue, Johnson outlines some preliminary steps individuals and organizations can take to be true allies and to continually strive to be anti-racist. Like many other organizations, Pro-Change is making a concerted effort to make progress on its anti-racist journey.

As Johnson wrote, “Together, we can create an equitable and racially just future where everyone can thrive. Now is the time.”

Dr. Sara Johnson Named Chair of Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference

Pro-Change Behavior Systems is pleased to announce that their Co-President & CEO, Dr. Sara Johnson, has been appointed Chair of the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference. In her capacity as Chair, Dr. Johnson will be responsible for the educational content of the conference and serve as Master of Ceremonies, beginning with the 2021 conference. 

The purpose of the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference is to maximize the effectiveness of health promotion in the U.S. and globally through the application of lessons learned from rigorous research and practice. The conference has a thirty-year legacy of presenting scientific expertise and practical experience on the science of lifestyle change. Last year, they joined forces with The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, a premier educational organization with more than 32,000 members dedicated to improving employee benefits education. 

Dr. Johnson is succeeding Dr. Michael O’Donnell, who chaired the conference for 30 years. The 31st Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference will be held March 29-April 2, 2021 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. The conference theme relates to how health promotion will adapt to stem the rising tide of pervasive, daunting challenges facing society (e.g., the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis; epidemics of loneliness; mental health and substance use disorders; unmet social needs; and chronic illnesses) in the context of our rapidly evolving and increasingly decentralized workforce.

Hope to see you there!

Well-Being Now Included in Aggregate Reports

Pro-Change recently enhanced their standard, on-demand aggregate reporting for their Health Risk Intervention to include well-being trends. This new functionality further distinguishes their best-in-class health assessment and intervention, for which Pro-Change has received NCQA certification.

One of the most widely used measures of well-being is the Cantril Self-Anchoring Scale, which classifies individuals as suffering, struggling, or thriving based on two items regarding their current and future lives. Thriving is associated with less overall work impairment, presenteeism, absenteeism, and health behavior risks. Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Management solutions have demonstrated positive impacts on well-being, increasing the number of people who are thriving and reducing the number who are suffering and struggling.

While the Cantril Self-Anchoring Scale has been used as a measure of well-being within Pro-Change Behavior System’s Health Risk Intervention, the standard, on-demand reporting capabilities were recently upgraded to include key insights into well-being trends over time. The addition of these metrics enables program administrators to gain critical insights into the status of their population’s well-being.

For a demo of the new reporting capabilities, please contact info@prochange.com

Sample Well-Being Progress Report

In Other News…

Join Pro-Change’s Co-President & CEO, Dr. Sara Johnson, at the upcoming 30th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference April 22-24th in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Dr. Johnson will be presenting Creating Connection is a Core Value on Wednesday, 4/22 and The Promise of Purpose-Driven Organizations on Thursday, 4/23.



Pro-Change Will Present at the CCA Conference

South Kingstown, RI – October 10, 2013.  The Care Continuum Alliance is hosting its annual conference, CCA Forum 2013, October 23-25 in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the theme, “The ROI of Population Health: Implementation Matters.” In their call for abstracts, the Care Continuum Alliance asked for “creativity, innovation, and inventiveness. Attendees want hands on learning and presentations that can demonstrate their usefulness for the population health management industry as a whole.”

In response, Sara Johnson, PhD, Senior Vice President at Pro-Change, will present on “Promoting Financial Well-Being: Why and How?” Sara will apply best practices in health promotion to designing and implementing financial well-being interventions. Potential consequences of financial distress for the individual and the employer will be discussed. Outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness and potential return on investment will be identified.

Vice President Leanne Mauriello, PhD, will be one of six invited speakers at the Employers Training Institute at the Conference Workshop titled, “Know What You Pay For: Roadmap to Assess Success of Employers Offered Wellness Programs.” She will present on selecting and implementing successful behavior change programs for employees. Leanne will share best practices in achieving behavior change for employers. How to critically evaluate employer-based programs on quality and impact, and how to identify benchmarks for evaluating effectiveness will be illustrated.

Please join these presentations and meet Sara and Leanne if you are able to attend the CCA Forum.

About Care Continuum Alliance
Care Continuum Alliance aligns stakeholders in the continuum of care toward the goal of improving the health of populations. The care continuum includes wellness and health promotion, prevention, care coordination, and patient advocacy, condition management and complex case management. Care Continuum Alliance promotes the role of these and other strategies in raising care quality, improving health outcomes, and reducing preventable health care costs for individuals with or at risk of chronic disease. Care Continuum Alliance accomplishes this through advocacy, research, and promotion of best practices.