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About Crystal Maertens

Crystal Maertens is the Marketing Specialist 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.

Addressing Root Causes: Trauma-Informed Practice (Part 1)

Our blog article entitled, "Public Health 3.0 or Public Health Modernization: What is it and What Does it Mean? (Part 2)" touched on ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, and how public health departments can strategically head off poor health outcomes by addressing the root cause (such as addressing ACEs) early on. In March, I had [...]

Public Health 3.0 or Public Health Modernization: What is It and Why Does it Matter (Part 2 of 2)

Part 1 of this article introduced our interview with David W. Pluymers, Assistant Director of Rock County Health Department in Wisconsin. We asked David to expand on his presentation at the February 2018 Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) Operations Conference and talk to us about Public Health Modernization and Public Health [...]

By |2018-08-08T12:33:14+00:00August 14th, 2018|Conference, Interview, Public Health 3.0|0 Comments

Public Health 3.0 or Public Health Modernization: What is It and Why Does it Matter (Part 1 of 2)

We recently attended the February Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards Operations Conference. The conference centered around the idea of public health modernization, and featured a keynote address by Rex D. Archer, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Kansas City, Missouri entitled, “The Future of Public Health: Strengthening Your Role as Your Community’s Chief Health Strategist.” [...]

By |2018-08-08T12:16:56+00:00August 9th, 2018|Conference, Interview, Public Health 3.0|0 Comments

Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Upstream Intervention through Data Exchange

Quick Facts About the Opioid Crisis: In 2016, there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the US 40% of those deaths involved a prescription opioid More than 46 people die each day from prescription opioid overdoses $504 billion was spent in 2015 to contain the crises (2.8% of 2015's GDP) We are indeed [...]

By |2018-08-07T16:31:26+00:00August 7th, 2018|Opioid Crisis, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Draft Interpretive Guidelines for HHAs: How to Appropriately Address Fraud & Abuse

The following article is republished with permission from Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.. Elizabeth is an attorney in private practice with clients from across the healthcare continuum, all over the country. She is a subject matter expert on future healthcare trends and regularly publishes articles, like the one below, which are well regarded in the healthcare [...]

By |2018-04-04T15:17:48+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tips on How to Have a Successful CMS Survey

Cindy Firme, RN, PHN (center of above photo) recently shared with Champ Software that Renville County Public Health’s Home Healthcare department received a successful home care survey by CMS in November 2017. Background Cindy has been a Public Health Supervisor with Renville County Public Health for 30 years. Renville County is situated just southwest of [...]

By |2018-06-25T07:24:32+00:00March 27th, 2018|Blog Expert|0 Comments

Polk County Health Department’s Accreditation Story

At Champ Software’s recent Expert Webinar, Gretchen Sampson, MPH, RN shared Polk County Health Department’s journey through the accreditation process, including tips and resources for other agencies seeking PHAB accreditation. Gretchen has been with Polk County Health Department since 1977. She: Graduated with her BSN in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Received her MPH in Health [...]

By |2018-06-25T06:13:53+00:00March 1st, 2018|Blog Expert|1 Comment

A Basic Overview of Health Information Exchange

This article is designed to give a basic overview of Health Information Exchange, and explain what an HIE is and what it can mean to public health personnel. Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are a crucial piece of the data exchange puzzle. While HIE is a somewhat common term among public health personnel and many health [...]

By |2018-06-25T05:55:09+00:00February 12th, 2018|EHR, Health Information Exchange, HIE|0 Comments

Empowering Local Health Departments to Address Health Inequity

One of our colleagues, Karen Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing and Director of the Omaha System Partnership, recently had the opportunity to speak at the Michigan Premier Public Health Conference on achieving health equity. Her presentation was titled, “Social Behavioral Determinants of Health (SBDH) & the Omaha System: [...]

Nightingale Notes Safe Amid Ransomware Attack

Butler County Health Department in Kansas, a Nightingale Notes agency for three years, was caught up in a county-wide ransomware attack. The county’s data was held for an undisclosed ransom amount. This brings up some questions about security: What does this mean for the health department’s patient records? Does this impact Nightingale Notes for Butler [...]

By |2017-11-13T10:36:28+00:00September 19th, 2017|News|0 Comments