Darryl Booth, Author at Accela

Posts by Darryl Booth

Introducing a Framework for Reopening Government Departments

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
The following blog was originally posted on the National League of Cities’ CitiesSpeak blog.   Countless written guides exist for re-opening a restaurant, furniture store, salon or gym. These guides are essential aids to the businesspeople who might not otherwise know how to prevent COVID-19 spread. We want these businesses open – albeit safely – to refuel our local economies. However, there is very little guidance offered to local and state government departments on how to navigate the process of reopening the business of government, many with inspectors in the field and traditional public lobbies and counters for asking questions, making payments, and settling important business interactively…. Continue reading
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Building Capacity for a Remote Environmental Health Workforce

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
woman working from home on laptop with a mask
The below article by Accela’s Darryl Booth was first published in the June issue of the Journal of Environmental Health and is being re-posted here with their approval.     As of this writing (April 2020), public health is marshalling its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The sobering statistics that are available today will be outdated within hours. Suffice it to say that, upon the June 2020 publication of this column, our collective understanding of the pandemic, the response, the efficacy of the response, and the new normal will be better known. At every stage of understanding, however, our primary and enduring wish is that our families,… Continue reading
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Looking Beyond the Crisis: Helping Governments Safely Re-Open Businesses

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
woman holding Open sign
Note from the Author: As we together turn attention to safely re-opening our businesses, we are mindful of the personal suffering experienced by so many over the last several months. We laud the dedication to service demonstrated by so many leaders and workers. Thank you. As leaders and citizens call for restarting the economy, municipalities are evaluating their communities’ readiness to re-open COVID-19-impacted businesses based on two primary measures: 1) can their healthcare system manage a potential uptick in cases; and 2) can they ensure businesses re-open in a manner that will protect the safety of its workers and customers? In all considerations one thing is certain,… Continue reading

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CIOs’ Leadership Marks the Difference

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
Local leadership defined the August 2019 Bay Area Regional CIO Conference where CIOs and local government IT leaders convened to share successes, challenges and opportunities. I’ve never worked before with such an amiable association, so intensely focused on elevating their profession. The topics and the passionate discourse worked its way into my every-day thinking for the next week. It remained top-of-mind and helped me maintain a leadership bias. Hot topics and unavoidable threats The hot topics were both expected and unexpected. A glimpse into the next 20 years of tech set the stage for CIO-led sessions on Privacy, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Security, Regional Software Vetting / Buying,… Continue reading

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Building Capacity by Maximizing the Software Demo

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
Like test driving a car along a pre-approved route or laying on a mattress under the fluorescent lights of a showroom, we are sometimes expected to make critically important recommendations with just a sliver of information. This experience can also occur in your office when your team joins a meeting in which a potential vendor demonstrates (demos) its software. Eventually you’re asked, “What did you think?” I’ve attended hundreds of such meetings and for the most part, all participants are keenly interested in matching a health department’s needs to the product’s capabilities. The demo is a “good one” when the features match your needs and interest is raised…. Continue reading

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Building Capacity to Leverage Reports

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
microsoft power bi
An example of Microsoft Power BI, one of the industry leading analytics tools for reporting. (Microsoft) Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Journal of Environmental Health in its April 2019 issue that can be found here. A sure measure of software satisfaction is getting out more than you put in. The MyFitnessPal app on my phone is great. I tap in my meals, snacks, and work-outs. It’s a small chore. Maybe I should invest those slivers of time elsewhere? But I don’t. I keep inputting those meals because I get predictions and motivation when I look at the positive trends…. Continue reading

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Building Capacity Through Project Agility

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
The U.S. Digital Service, shown above, is one of many federal agencies applying agile development to improve IT projects at the federal and local levels of government. (Photo credit: USDS) This article was originally published by the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Journal of Environmental Health in its November issue that can be found here.Editors Note:A need exists within environmental health agencies to increase their capacity to perform in an environment of diminishing resources. With limited resources and increasing demands, we need to seek new approaches to the business of environmental health. Acutely aware of these challenges, NEHA has initiated a partnership with Accela called Building Capacity…. Continue reading

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County Leaders Uncover New Opportunities for Food Recovery

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth

Local leaders are showing how technology and collaboration can fight hunger and reduce waste

The challenge I’m about to describe is not new. In fact, your own county may be attacking this matter already, and there are organizations like ReFED, the Food Recovery Network, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the EPA and others that are heavily invested in solving the issue with education and science-based recommendations. For this, we are grateful and acknowledge these good works, and yet, acknowledge the matter is still a proving-ground for local leadership. Food Waste <br The challenge I refer to is food waste, and the problem of food waste streams…. Continue reading

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A Camp Cook, a Fly Bat, and Food Safety

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth

Accela honors Maricopa County, Arizona, for food safety innovation and similar communities invested in environmental heath

The Phoenix skyline in Maricopa County, Arizona. (Jason Corneveaux / Flickr) Editor’s Note: As part of Accela’s commitment to environmental health, and the technologies that support it, Accela’s  General Manager of Environmental Health Division Darryl Booth spotlights the annual Samuel J. Crumbine Award for Excellence in Food Protection and celebrates Maricopa County, Arizona, for winning it a second time in 2018. A Camp Cook I spent the Memorial Day Weekend camping with my two sons. The Sierra Nevada Mountains near my home were perfectly appointed for awe-inspiring hikes and delicious camp-food…. Continue reading

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Building Capacity Gadget by Gadget

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
This article was originally published in the June issue of the Journal of Environmental Health, a publication produced by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).  Editor’s Note: A need exists within environmental health agencies to increase their capacity to perform in an environment of diminishing resources. With limited resources and increasing demands, we need to seek new approaches to the business of environmental health. Acutely aware of these challenges, NEHA has initiated a partnership with Accela called Building Capacity. Building Capacity is a joint effort to educate, reinforce, and build upon successes within the profession, using technology to improve efficiency and extend the impact of environmental health agencies…. Continue reading

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