Vince Radke, MPH, RS, CP-FS, DLAAS, CPH, retired in September 2018 from the Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch of the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after 17 years. In total, Radke's environmental public health career spans over four decades.
While at CDC, Radke was part of the Environmental Health Specialists Network conducting research on the contributing factors and antecedents of foodborne illness. He was instrumental in the development of the Environmental Assessment Training Series and the National Environmental Assessment Reporting System. He was also involved in vector control and emergency preparedness and response issues and training
Prior to working at CDC, Radke spent 22 years in the environmental health field at state and local levels in several states. Before that, he was part of the Smallpox Eradication Program, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and then later as a technical advisor with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Radke joined the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) in 1980 and has been actively involved in the association, currently serving as its president. He's also been active in several NEHA affiliates, as well as other organizations.
As seen in the photo at the top, Radke's career has been marked with numerous awards. He's received the Order of the Bifurcated Needle from WHO (1980), Jerrold M. Michael Award from the National Capital Area Environmental Health Association (1997 and 1999), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service (2005), Distinguished Service and Professional Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association (2006), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medal Award (2011).
In 2013, Radke was named the recipient of the NEHA/NSF International Walter F Snyder Award for his achievements in advancing environmental health. He also received the NEHA Past Presidents Award in 2013 in recognition of his longstanding service and contributions to the profession.
Beyond the accolades and the lengthy resume, however, Radke is a mentor and leader in environmental health. He's created a legacy through his work that has impacted numerous individuals, which is evident in the quotes from his colleagues.
"Over the years, Vince's expertise, sincere dedication, strong work ethic, and professionalism have served CDC and the American people well. He...