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Is Your Community Ready for the Next Health Outbreak?

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Take this assessment to see if your health department has the right tools to confront tomorrow’s environmental health challenges

When it comes to community health issues, cities seek support from their local health department first. Food poisoning, pest infestations, water contamination, hazardous material spills, these are just a few critical challenges departments confront daily. The right tools are essential to respond to these issues. Health departments need tools that ensure they can deliver frequent field inspections, fast permitting transactions, clear reports and provide an easy and accessible way for residents to submit information and make requests. In the Accela Environmental Health Assessment you can answer a set of simple questions to gauge your environmental health readiness based on your current tools and processes…. Continue reading

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Building Capacity by Maximizing the Software Demo

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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Pool Safety: Tips and Tech to Protect Your Community

Hana Albarazi

Accela celebrates Building Safety Month with resource to increase pool and water safety

The summer pool season is nearly here, and with it, you can almost hear the chirp of the lifeguard’s safety whistle: “Breet! No running! Breet! No splashing! Breet! No diving near the shallow end! Breeeet! Only 30 to 50 parts per million of Cyanuric Acid allowed in the pool — well, maybe strike that last one. Even so, when it comes to safety, pool care and conditions are critical. With young people all over the country anticipating summer break, pool season is about to open with a splash, presenting a crucial opportunity to focus on safety best practices Whether most residents know it or not,… Continue reading

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Powering Through Pain Points to Protect Public Health

Hana Albarazi
Trying to explain what the field of environmental health is to people on the outside can feel like speaking a different language. People often think, “an environmental health department is where they focus on environmental sustainability, or parks and recreation, right?” Not totally. Environmental health departments often oversee as many as 40 different programs — separate business units — which are often governed by different regulations, budgets, and funding sources. This makes it a somewhat unique government agency, with unique challenges and pain points for environmental health leaders, staff and IT administrators. Environmental Health departments are most commonly known for inspecting restaurants, or monitoring water quality,… Continue reading

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An Application that Rethinks Environmental Health

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Accela software allows citizens to have access 24/7

With True Workflow Management, Deep GIS capability, A Self-Serve Portal and Task Management Across Departments, Accela’s Civic Application for Environmental Health Sets a New Standard in Government Tech

The world of environmental health is vast. It’s regulations impact land use, recreational facilities, our consumption of retail food, and even how communities care for children and elderly residents. To help county’s and local governments, Accela has developed the Civic Application for Environmental Health, one of the first out-of-the box systems that will enable health departments to that automates critical activities like permitting, inspection management, and responding to health complaints. “Our Civic Application for Environmental Health is an adaptable and scalable solution that can be implemented quickly,… Continue reading

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Calling All Big Thinkers: Accela Offers Nine Spots for Nashville NEHA Conference

Hana Albarazi
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For 83 years the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has held their influential Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition (AEC), an event that brings together environmental health professionals from across the country to network, learn about new developments in environmental health regulation, and to provide a venue for sharing ideas on how to solve common challenges. This year, the conference is in lively Nashville, Tennessee, which is sure to bring large numbers of eager environmental health professionals to mingle and bring home great ideas for how their agency can tackle their most pervasive pain points. For the past several years, Accela is proud to have partnered with NEHA,… Continue reading

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Accela Serves Up an Environmental Health App to Fight Foodborne Illness

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To make Valentine’s Day (and every day) dining safer, Accela unveils an App that equips food inspectors with mobile devices for efficient inspections and enables health departments to automate permitting tasks

Whether it’s fine dining, drinks, a box of chocolates or heart-shaped desserts, Valentine’s Day has an inseparable connection to food. Research group Statista estimates U.S. spending on Valentine’s Day candy and an evening out totaled more than $5.5 billion in 2018. Google Trends records a search spike for Italian restaurants at 27 percent during the holiday and food delivery apps like GrubHub see sushi orders jump to 15 percent, with customers four times more likely to order heart-shaped sushi dishes…. Continue reading

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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,… 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…. 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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