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Darryl Booth is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Accela’s Environmental Health Division. With twenty years’ experience in Public Health and Informatics, Darryl’s passions include promoting field inspection solutions, GIS, open data, engineering data exchanges, collaborative data standards, nd all other technical matters that can propel government.


Darryl’s column in the Journal of Environmental Health, Building Capacity, seeks out right-minded technology projects that increase the capacity for health professionals to fulfill their missions and elevate the profession. As a Technical Advisor to the National Environmental Health Association, Darryl guides educational sessions, directs standards and advises on technical strategy for the association.


Darryl has an MBA from the Craig School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno. He sits on several federal, state and regional committees and is fanatical about environmental health.

What it Means to Serve NEHA as a Technical Advisor

What it Means to Serve NEHA as a Technical Advisor
I received an exciting email last week from David Riggs, NEHA President, reappointing me as NEHA’s Technology and Informatics Technical Advisor. NEHA (National Environmental Health Association), and its 5,000 work to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all. Accela and NEHA are partnered in the Building Capacity initiative, a collaborative effort to elevate the environmental health profession through technology. I have held the position of Technical Advisor for several years and welcome the opportunity to serve again. In this capacity, I am responsible for providing subject-matter expertise and counsel on informatics to include software, GIS, and management applications to NEHA’s board of directors, staff, affiliates and members. As one of 26 Technical Advisors covering areas relevant to environmental health, I am called on to assist NEHA in identifying and sharing trends and needs of importance, as well as participate in a var......
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Environmental Health Informatics – Saving Lives?

Environmental Health Informatics – Saving Lives?
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” can be evident when we hear things like the following: Data Collection Dashboard Cam “Our data is collected, but never used again.” The dashboard camera is always on, but the video is never viewed. “Our million-dollar system is great at taking in data, but I can never get the r......
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I had the opportunity to join Darryl and others at the NEHA Informatics meeting. As a long time local and State environmental heal... Read More
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Environmental Health Is a Contact Sport

Environmental Health Is a Contact Sport
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 professionals, demanding a seat at the table where EH policy is made and executing on a global scale. Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA’s new Executive Director, delivering the keynote. In phrasing that was emblematic of the conference vibe, he asserted, "Environmental Health is a contact sport," a t......
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