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El Paso County Fights Food Poisoning with Data

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The Colorado County Uses Accela for Environmental Health to Inform Residents About High Risk Restaurants and Spot Food Inspections Issues (Alpha / Flickr) Whether it’s craft beer at Oskar Blues, rigatoni at Red Gravy or gluten-free sweets at Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery, the cooks in Colorado Springs have a dish for almost any visitor. Yet with roughly 23 million tourists visiting the mountain town each year, food inspectors have made safety a top priority by using smart city tools like data analytics and mobile technologies to monitor compliance.Sitting near famous outdoor sites like Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark Park, Colorado… Continue reading

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Building Capacity Through Project Agility

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. Building… Continue reading

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Environmental Health: 10 Digital Tools Every Community Should Have

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See the Tools, Services and Digital Strategies That Can Benefit any Environmental Health Department in this Infographic Environmental health departments often find themselves on the frontlines of community health issues. They fight food contamination, safeguard children from lead poisoning, ensure safe drinking water conditions and regularly inspect apartment buildings, restaurants, industrial sites other locations to keep residents safe. In this infographic we point to 10 essential items every environmental health department should consider when modernizing their information management system. For more details see the infographic below or learn about our Accela Civic Solution for Environmental Health. Continue reading

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Prepare for Disaster: 7 Tools Your Health Department Must Have

Jason Shueh
The technologies could aid health departments as they assist first responders and manage critical city assets Whether it’s a five-alarm fire, an outbreak of disease or a bout of hurricane force winds, cities must be prepared for the unexpected. This is why many cities are investing in modern disaster resilience initiatives. Leaders are designing strategic plans that incorporate data and automated systems for disaster preparedness and recovery. Cities use these advances to single out gaps in emergency resources, spot vulnerable populations during hazardous incidents and adapt to service disruptions by building extra capacity for critical infrastructure. In the report Investing in Urban Resilience, the World Bank researchers… Continue reading

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County Leaders Uncover New Opportunities for Food Recovery

Jason Shueh
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… Continue reading

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A Camp Cook, a Fly Bat, and Food Safety

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… Continue reading

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Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Jana Sanders, Informatics Director for Fort Wayne-Allen County, Indiana

Kelly Delaney
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With nearly 20 years of public service experience, Jana Sanders guides the technological needs of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, where she serves as the Informatics Director. This is her first time presenting at Engage. What are you most looking forward to at Engage 2016?Learning new and innovative ways to leverage technology to promote community engagement utilizing Accela. What do you hope to learn at Engage 2016?More in-depth features of the Accela Civic Platform and Accela Citizen Access that will aid in process improvement and strengthen communication both internally and externally. We are always looking for ways to better utilize Accela and technology… Continue reading

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Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Darryl Booth, SVP and GM of Accela Environmental Health

Kelly Delaney
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I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Darryl Booth, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Accela Environmental Health, and ask him a few questions about Accela’s upcoming annual civic tech conference. Darryl joined Accela last year from Decade Software, where he served as President and worked with sales, marketing and product development to deliver high-quality environmental health software, and he continues his mission here at Accela. Have you attended Engage in the past?I was fortunate enough to attend Engage 2015 not long after joining Accela last July. What do you enjoy most about Engage?So many bright minds in local and regional governments… Continue reading

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Environmental Health Informatics – Saving Lives?

Darryl Booth
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The Environmental Health world, like other government domains, is fertile ground for aspirational data projects. Local Health Departments consistently capture records of applications, permits/licenses, inspections, violations, complaints and the time spent providing services. Financial accounting is also key to doing business. In some ways, our collected data is like a dashboard camera, constantly recording video out the windshield of an Uber car. In most cases, the video is never retrieved and studied…until there’s an accident (or a UFO sighting), in which case, it’s gold! The difference is that dashboard cams are cheap. Data collection is extremely expensive, yet expected without question. The “Dashboard Cam Effect”… Continue reading

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Environmental Health Is a Contact Sport

Darryl Booth
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Environmental Health leaders and practitioners convened in Orlando this month to fortify core practices and study emerging public health matters during the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)’s Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition. Each year, for nearly twenty years, I attend and often bring a new staff member to get a flavor of environmental health and to internalize its mission. NEHA’s new charismatic Executive Director, Dr. David Dyjack, made a splash with his keynote address. Taking a posture reminiscent of President Roosevelt’s fireside chats, Dr. Dyjack introduced himself and called upon NEHA leaders, members and staff to embrace a three-point strategy, which included activating environmental health… Continue reading

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