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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 [...]

Why Should Your Health Department Fill the Chief Health Strategist Role?

If you've read our article, "What is a Chief Health Strategist?" then you may be wondering why your health department should fill the role of the chief health strategist for your community. The US Department of Health & Human Services has issued a challenge to public health workers, “Public health leaders should embrace the role [...]

What is a Chief Health Strategist?

Perhaps you’ve been surrounded lately by discussions about Healthy People 2020 or Public Health 3.0 and how your health department can achieve it.  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) and collaboration across non-traditional sectors, [...]

10 Basic Things You Need to Know About Public Health 3.0

If you're interested in learning a bit more about Public Health 3.0, you're not alone. While there are many health departments across the country already implementing the goals of Public Health 3.0, there are still many health departments who are unsure where to begin or may have never even heard the term. This article will [...]

By |2018-08-24T15:29:51+00:00August 24th, 2018|Blog Expert, Health Equity, Public Health 3.0|0 Comments

Addressing Root Causes: Trauma-Informed Practice (Part 2)

How to Employ Trauma-Informed Practice In Part 1 of this article, I shared about a webinar I attended on trauma-informed practice, hosted by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice out of the University of Washington titled, "Trauma-Informed Practice - A Rural Perspective". The presenter was Karolyn Holden, BSN, RN, Director of Grays Harbor County [...]

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 |2018-09-04T21:45:23+00:00March 1st, 2018|Blog Expert, Public Health 3.0|1 Comment

Basic IT Security for the Public Health Worker

Health information technology is ever-changing, developing, and growing more sophisticated. While this technology empowers us to do our jobs better and more efficiently, it also brings its own set of challenges and concerns. Have you ever wondered what actually makes a password strong, and how to choose a password that is both strong and easy [...]

By |2017-11-13T10:36:49+00:00September 18th, 2017|Blog Expert|0 Comments

Social Determinants & The Omaha System: Showing our Work & Outcomes

Introduction: Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, presented at Champ Software's Expert Webinar this April. Karen spoke on a topic that has increasingly developed and become more widely adopted over the last several years: social determinants of public health. Nicole Sowers, Champ Software COO [...]

Community Health, Population Health… But where is Public Health?

Article after article has been written about the challenges of Community Health. Very few of these articles disagree that true community health improvement starts upstream of hospitals and clinics and then continues downstream, yet we continually see hospitals and clinics charged with assessing the community's health. Even the Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to [...]