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July 31, 2008
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Captain Craig A. Shepherd Receives the 2008 Walter F. Snyder Award
Award Recognizes Outstanding Achievement in Advancing Environmental Health
Tucson, AZ – NSF International (NSF) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) recently announced that CAPT Craig A. Shepherd, RS, MPH, DAAS, is the recipient of the 2008 Walter F. Snyder Award. CAPT Shepherd was presented the award at NEHA’s 72nd Annual Educational Conference in Tucson, Arizona last month (photo).
The award, given in honor of NSF's co-founder and first executive director, is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of environment health. CAPT Shepherd was recognized for the lasting impact he has made on environmental health over the course of his 30-year career as a U.S. Public Health Service Officer.
"Captain Craig Shepherd is an outstanding leader who has served with distinction throughout his 30-year career in the United States Public Health Service,” expressed Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH, Acting Surgeon General. “I was very pleased to hear Craig received the Walter F. Snyder Award. He defines our core values of leadership, service, excellence and integrity and has earned my utmost trust and confidence as the Chief Environmental Health Officer of the United States Public Health Service. His advice and counsel, leadership and direction, have advanced environmental health in this Nation. My thanks to the committee who chose him in recognition of his leadership on environmental health issues and my most hearty congratulations to CAPT Craig Shepherd - well done.”
Early in his career, CAPT Shepherd worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a milk/food specialist assigned to the Baltimore District Office. While assigned, he supervised and monitored food preparation numerous times at the request of the U.S. Secret Service for President Reagan, Vice President Bush and other national leaders.
He also served as Director of Environmental Health Services for the Nashville Area Indian Health Service. As Director, CAPT Shepherd was responsible for managing a comprehensive environmental health services program for 24 Indian tribes scattered from Maine to South Florida to Eastern Texas.
"Not only has Captain Craig Shepherd demonstrated outstanding leadership, but he has also advanced the profession through extensive contributions made in the development of the CDC/HUD Healthy Housing Reference Manual and regularly contributing environmental health updates to the CDC website," said Nelson Fabian, Executive Director of the National Environmental Health Association. "Captain Shepherd is a strong advocate for the use of the ten essential environmental health services and has been at the forefront of advancing the environmental health profession, a core value of NEHA.”
CAPT Shepherd has been recognized on multiple emergency response and humanitarian missions. During the hurricane season of 2004 and 2005, CAPT Shepherd served as a team leader for more than 40 environmental health and engineering officers that provided assistance to state and local health departments. CAPT Shepherd was also recently selected by Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona as the Chief Environmental Health Officer of the United States Public Health Service where he provides advice to the Surgeon General on environmental health issues impacting the country, and oversees 360 environmental health officers stationed in numerous federal agencies nationwide. He was awarded the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal for his accomplishments and leadership aboard the USNS Comfort in 2007.
"CAPT Craig Shepherd's career achievements echo the principles of Walter F. Snyder and the mission of NSF International,” said Kevan P. Lawlor, President and Chief Executive Officer of NSF International. His humanitarian efforts in Haiti in 1982 and his emergency response to the drought in Chuuk illustrate his commitment to environmental health at home and abroad. His extended service to U.S. hurricane victims in 2004 and 2005 demonstrates the highest level of professionalism in environmental health. These are only some of the characteristics that make him an ideal recipient of this year's Walter F. Snyder Award."
For more information about the Walter F. Snyder award, visit NSF's website.
About NEHA: The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is a national professional society that represents the profession and practice of environmental health (www.neha.org).
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.