The Crumbine Award: celebrating 50 years of excellence.In 2005, the Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Held in high esteem by the public health community, the award is named in honor of Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine (1862-1954), a sanitarian-physician and public health pioneer who was renowned for his innovative methods of improving public health protection. Since 1955, the award has been presented each year to a local governmental health unit that has demonstrated unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding food protection services to its community.
In honor of the 50th anniversary, previous winners were contacted and asked a couple of questions about the Crumbine Award. The responses were inspiring.
When the previous winners were asked what the most innovative idea to come out of a Crumbine Award-winning program had been, several previous winners voted for "the establishment of partnerships based on common public health interest and the removal of needless barriers between the regulators and those regulated." as Bob Pekich, director of the Environmental Health Division of the Snohomish (Washington) Health District, put it. One of the greatest outcomes of these partnerships has been increased outreach and education. For industry, this approach has meant developing voluntary or mandatory training and certification programs for food handlers; for consumers, it has meant the establishment of a grading system they can understand, as well as dissemination of information, particularly though the Internet in recent times.
Another innovative idea mentioned several times was the concept of risk assessment for critical food safety violations and food processes, followed by education and behavior modification behavior modification
1. The use of basic learning techniques, such as conditioning, biofeedback, reinforcement, or aversion therapy, to teach simple skills or alter undesirable behavior.
2. See behavior therapy. to achieve long-term improvements in food safety.
When previous winners were asked how they had benefited from winning the Crumbine Award, they named recognition, whether at the national, state, or local level, as one of the most important benefits. The benefits went far beyond that, however. Winners appreciated the process of evaluating their own programs as part of the application procedure. "The entire application process is beneficial to a program. It requires one to evaluate and critique one's program, and helps to maintain a program that is cutting edge and in touch with the changing community we serve," wrote Steven J. Goode, environmental health manager in the Clark County Clark County is the name of twelve counties in the United States of America:
Another benefit relates to staff. According to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Elizabeth A. Nutt, director of the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Health Department's Consumer Protection Division, "It [the award] has instilled a strong work ethic work ethic
A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.
a belief in the moral value of work in all who have passed through our halls." Other previous winners commented that winning the Crumbine Award not only motivated current staff, but also allowed them to attract better staff. "Job applicants now search us out because they know we have a strong food program," wrote Tommye Schneider, director of the Division of Environmental Health of the Madison (Wisconsin) Department of Public Health.
Finally, previous winners mentioned that their quest for Verb 1. quest for - go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby"
quest after, go after, pursue
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the improvement didn't stop just because they had won a Crumbine Award. As David Ludwig
In 2000, Dr. David Ludwig, the Director of the Obesity Program at the Children's Hospital Boston, studied the effects of consuming soft , manager of Maricopa County (Arizona) Environmental Health, said, "We have not stopped, because once Crumbine is in your blood you are always looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. ways to improve." One of the ways previous winners have found inspiration is their work on the Crumbine Award Jury. For Colin Thacker, director of environmental health in Lake County, Illinois Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. A 2006 census estimated the population was 713,076. Its county seat is Waukegan, Illinois6. According to the 2000 United States Census, Lake County is the 31st richest county by per-capita income. , "winning gave us the opportunity to review Crumbine applications and try some of the innovations we would have never thought of."
Perhaps J. Maichle Bacon, public health administrator of the Winnebago County Winnebago County is the name of three counties in the United States:
The fact that the award was established and has endured over the past 50 years is a reflection of its value in improving food protection practices across the country. By annually recognizing food protection programs that excel in their many aspects, the award has led to a historical trail of best practices. Each year, programs were able to build on the commitment and creativity of the award-winning programs that were identified before them. This created a ladder of food protection progress that probably could not have been accomplished any other way.
Samuel J. Crumbine would be proud.
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Trained by D. : The Crumbine Award is sponsored by the Conference for Food Protection in cooperation with the American Academy The American Academy in Berlin is a non-partisan academic institution in Berlin. It was founded in September 1994 by a group of prominent Americans and Germans, among them Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Richard von Weizsäcker, Fritz Stern and Otto Graf Lambsdorff and opened in of Sanitarians; the American Public Health Association The American Public Health Association (APHA) is Washington, D.C.-based professional organization for public health professionals in the United States. Founded in 1872 by Dr. Stephen Smith, APHA has more than 30,000 members worldwide. ; the Association of Food and Drug Officials; the Foodservice & Packaging Institute, Inc.; the International Association for Food Protection The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), founded in 1911, is a non-profit association of food safety professionals. Comprised of a diverse membership of over 3,000 Members from 50 nations, the Association is dedicated to the education and service of its Members, as ; the International Food Safety Council; the National Association of County & City Health Officials; the National Environmental Health Association; NSF International; and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. For more information on the award, go to www.fpi.org.