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About Crystal Maertens

Crystal Maertens is the Marketing Manager at Champ Software, Inc. Hailing from states across the Midwest, Crystal settled in Minnesota in 2005 and has been working with Champ Software since 2011. She loves working for a company with as much heart as Champ Software and enjoys making a difference in the lives of public health workers. An avid reader and writer, Crystal has written many blog articles for Champ Software and especially loves writing articles that feature Champ clients.

What Do The Revised EPHS Mean for PHAB Accreditation?

Introduction: If you’ve been following our series on the revised essential services, then you may have read our previous article discussing how the EPHS fit in with other public health frameworks. One of the frameworks we discussed, was the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation standard. While that article overviews the history of PHAB, the [...]

By |2020-11-03T21:09:11-06:00October 30th, 2020|Essential Public Health Services|0 Comments

How Do The Revised EPHS Fit In With Other Public Health Frameworks?

If you've been following this article series, you know we've been discussing the September 9, 2020 live reveal of the newly revised 10 Essential Public Health Services. In this article, we’ll explore how the revised EPHS compare to other public health frameworks, as described by the committee who revealed the revised essential services during the [...]

The 2020 Revision of the Essential Public Health Services: Centering Equity

If you read our previous article, "What is the value of the revised EPHS for Public Health, Tribal Health, and State Health Departments?" you know that we've been discussing the September 9, 2020 live reveal of the newly revised 10 Essential Public Health Services. The webinar reveal included a thorough presentation of the need for [...]

By |2020-10-30T14:39:16-05:00October 9th, 2020|Essential Public Health Services|0 Comments

What is the value of the revised EPHS for Public Health, Tribal Health, and State Health Departments?

If you are familiar with the history of the Essential Public Health Services (EPHS), you know that the EPHS were originally drafted 25 years ago. While the revision of the essential services began in 2019, pre-COVID-19, the release of the revised EPHS could not be timelier. During the reveal of the newly revised EPHS in [...]

Standardized Terminology Gives Public Health a Voice: An Interview with Karen S. Martin

COVID-19 has turned eyes towards public health like never before. Knowing what an opportunity this is for public health to help communities recognize the value their local health departments provide as well as shine a spotlight on the services offered by public health, we thought we'd interview Karen Martin about standardized terminology, such as the [...]

5 Benefits of Web-based EHRs for Public Health

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) or Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) can usually be categorized as either "installed" or "web-based"/"cloud-based". An installed software is stored on your agency’s local computers, whereas a web-based software is stored in the cloud. The word "cloud" refers to using online applications which manage and store your data in remote servers spread [...]

By |2020-03-26T21:04:42-05:00March 26th, 2020|EHR|0 Comments

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Their Impact on Long-Term Health

What are ACEs? According to the CDC, “Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence in the home; and having a family member attempt or die by suicide. Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine [...]

Youth Vaping: An Epidemic

In September, 2018, FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD addressed the growing use of e-cigarettes among teenagers as an epidemic. "Unfortunately, I now have good reason to believe that it's reached nothing short of an epidemic proportion of growth. I use the word epidemic with great care. E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous ‒ and dangerous ‒ [...]

By |2019-06-05T15:37:51-05:00June 5th, 2019|Blog Expert, Community Health, Webinar|0 Comments

How Have Other Local Health Departments Positioned Themselves as Community Chief Health Strategists? (Part 1)

We hope you've been following our blog article series on public health as the community chief health strategist. If you read our recent blog article, "What is a Chief Health Strategist," then you may remember that we shared an example of a local health department that was taking on the role of chief health strategist [...]

How Does Champ Software Help Public Health Agencies Meet the 5 Goals of Public Health 3.0?

Public health practice is being enhanced and broadened as pioneering local public health departments shift focus to address social determinants of health (or upstream determinants of health), collaborate across non-traditional sectors, and embrace the role of the Chief Health Strategist. Both public health practice and policy are transforming to address changing population health challenges. This [...]

By |2018-09-11T16:38:32-05:00September 11th, 2018|Public Health 3.0|0 Comments
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