Washoe County Health District Receives the 2021 Crumbine Award

The 2021 Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in Food Protection Awarded to Washoe County Health District 

Samuel J. Crumbine

The National Environmental Health Association is pleased to congratulate the Washoe County Health District in Nevada for receiving the 2021 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in Food Protection at the Local Level. This award is given annually to local environmental health jurisdictions that demonstrate unsurpassed achievement in providing food protection services to their communities.

The jury reviewing Crumbine Award nominations praised Washoe County Health District for their clear evidence of measurable program improvement data and public health interventions, achievements in solving impactful public health-centered challenges, and strong program focus on outcomes in addition to outputs. The Washoe County Health District has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy making Washoe County District Board of Health. The District consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services, and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness.
Washoe County, Nevada, 1861

“The Washoe County Health District is honored to receive the prestigious Crumbine Award,” said Kevin Dick, Washoe County District health officer. “The Health District Food Safety Program strives to support, educate, and engage food establishment operators to help ensure active managerial control of foodborne illness risk factors and promote the common goal of providing safe food for Washoe County residents. I’m so proud of their efforts to achieve this award and to be recognized nationally. It is a testament to the quality of our program that we are able to join the elite list of local food safety programs who have received this national award.”

Named for one of America’s most renowned health officers and health educators, Samuel J. Crumbine, MD (1862–1954), the award encourages innovative programs and methods that reduce or eliminate the occurrence of foodborne illnesses, recognizes the importance of food protection at the local level, and stimulates public interest in foodservice sanitation. The award will be presented at the closing session of the NEHA 2021 Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition Three-Part Virtual Series.

The Crumbine Award is supported by the Conference for Food Protection, in cooperation with the American Academy of Sanitarians, American Public Health Association, Association of Food and Drug Officials, Food Marketing Institute, Foodservice Packaging Institute, International Association for Food Protection, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Environmental Health Association, National Restaurant Association, National Sanitation Foundation International, and UL LLC.

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Release Date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021