In the early 1980s, our founder, Jack Marston, recognized the lack of computing resources and systems in the public health agencies in Kentucky. He began building systems for these agencies to support their programs, including health inspections, clinic visits and services, and WIC. CDP established a presence in Frankfort, Kentucky by hiring key personnel, some of whom are still with the company. As these systems became recognized by other states for their valuable contribution to providing services, additional states contacted CDP.
As of 2018, CDP supports computer systems for more than 40 states and Indian Tribal Organizations. We are the leading provider of public health systems in the country. We are proud of our focus in this area; providing assistance to help the most vulnerable citizens in our communities.
My mom invited me out to lunch a few weeks back, where I ordered a spinach and strawberry salad, which is my new summertime favorite. She didn’t know this, however, so she had to pick her jaw up off the table and put her eyes back in their sockets.
When my food was delivered, she made it a point to watch me shovel my salad into my mouth and chew. I half expected her to ask me to open up so she could make sure I swallowed.
It was hilarious, but I know why she reacted like that. I willingly ate a spinach salad for lunch, and that’s a huge deal for me.
I’m a picky eater, and I always have been. If it’s green, I wanted nothing to do with it. Until recently, that was especially true of spinach.
As I get older, my picky ways have fallen off a bit—not completely, I haven’t magically become perfect with age—but I’m so much better than I used to be. There’s a Mediterranean restaurant in town, and I have not had a bad thing on the menu yet, my favorite being the lentil soup. I think Mom may have given me a weird look the first time she saw me eat that too.
I think it all boils down to the fact that I didn’t like some veggies the way my mom made them. (Sorry, Mom.) But now that I’ve experienced some different preparations that are amazing and I’m sorry I’ve lost so many years of my life not eating them. Just because I don’t like a veggie one way, doesn’t mean I should write it off completely. I just need to try it a different way.
The better the quality food I put in my body, the better I feel. Days I eat fast food, I’m sluggish and in a fog. The days I eat high quality lean protein and vegetables, I’m ready to take on the world. Sure, doctors have been saying that for years, but I had to experience it for myself to believe it.
There’s a bit more to it than just not being sluggish. Choosemyplate.gov lists an array of health benefits to eating fruits and vegetables that span beyond daily energy levels:
It may reduce risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
It may protect against certain types of cancers.
High fiber intake may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
An increase in potassium may lower blood pressure and help decrease bone loss.
These are all things I want to mitigate. If it takes eating a spinach salad and lentil soup to do it, let’s have at it.
Over the past ten years, CDP has grown by leaps and bounds. Not only have we added new clients to our Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), and Environmental Health product lines, we have moved into some new areas of public health. In addition, we introduced the world to Data Direct, our data warehouse solution built on industry-leading software platforms.
To support this product growth, we have relied on a long time employees, as well as new employees and contractors. As illustrated in the chart below, our staff has more than doubled in the past ten years, with 44 of those hires in the past five years.
Almost a third of those new hires were made in the first half of 2018 alone. Current projections show that we will likely be adding an additional 25 to 30 employees or contractors by the end of the year. It will be a very busy, but exciting, second half to 2018.
Most of the positions we will be filling this year are for contract .NET developers and quality assurance engineers. While we will be posting these positions as contract, some of the roles have the potential to be converted into full-time employment. Additional positions that will be available soon include account managers, project managers, trainers, business analysts, and technical writers.
Working at CDP
At CDP, we believe that technology makes a difference and that is why we have big plans for 2018. One of those plans includes revamping several of our WIC offerings, upgrading them to more modern web technologies. By utilizing the most modern technology available, we will give our customers the best systems on the market, positioning them to spend less time on a computer and more time on the most important part of their job—caring for and educating their participants.
Now is a great time to be involved in the tech industry; the job market is hot and there are a lot of opportunities. Although we’ve seen growth in the past three to five years, we are still a small, family-owned corporation.
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The June 2018 Employee of the Month was nominated by Marvin Barlow, and he had this to say:
“Jenine has worked many years, too many to name, for CDP in home health and is one of those employees who does her job day in and day out but gets very little recognition. To ensure that she is knowledgeable on all aspects of home health, she is constantly researching policies, procedures, and billing requirements from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicaid, and commercial payers. She is respected by our clients because of her work ethic, professionalism, and personal relationship that she develops with each one, which is one reason that we have been able to retain many of our home health clients for more than 35 years.
“She is very passionate about the benefits of what home health care provides for the patient and family.”