NSF International and NEHA presented the prestigious Walter F. Snyder Award to Vincent J. Radke, MPH, RS, CP-FS, DAAS, CPH, at the 2013 AEC in Washington, DC. The award, given in honor of NSF International's cofounder and first executive director Walter F. Snyder, is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of environmental health.
Radke is being honored for 43 years of distinguished environmental and public health service in enhancing the lives of people worldwide through leadership, dedication, service, and a commitment to fostering collaboration.
In the 1970s, Radke was instrumental in helping to eradicate smallpox. As a surveillance and assessment officer with the U.S. Peace Corps in 1970, he worked with the Ethiopian government; tribal chiefs; and school, health clinic, and church staff to combat smallpox and establish cholera and tuberculosis immunization programs. The World Health Organization (WHO) requested Radke to assist with the eradication of smallpox in Bangladesh in 1975 and to document that smallpox had been eradicated from Kenya in 1977. For his work, he was awarded the Order of the Bifurcated Needle by WHO's director general.
In the 1980s through early 1990s, Radke held several environmental health positions. As director of environmental health in Stamford, Connecticut, he ran programs in water, sewage disposal systems, food services, noise control, and air pollution. At the Virginia Department of Health, he provided sanitation and inspection services for water supplies, food service establishments, swimming pools, daycare centers, pet shops, and nursing homes. For his work responding to a cyclosporiasis outbreak related to pesto sauce, he and his colleagues at the Alexandria Health Department received the Washington, DC, Counsel of Government Award for Meritorious Service.
Radke was instrumental in establishing the Food and Drug Administration's model Food Code in northern Virginia in the mid-1990s, for which he received two annual Jerrold M. Michael awards from the National Capital Area Environmental Health Association. He also helped to set up the model Food Code for the state of Virginia.
In 2000 at the Institute for Environmental Assessment, Radke developed health, safety, and injury reduction programs for school districts in Minnesota. He established school safety committees and implemented environmental compliance training for school employees in food safety, bloodborne...