Dr. Joseph S. Goldfarb Award
The Dr. Joseph S. Goldfarb Award is given on the basis that the recipient is recognized by his/her peers to have made a significant contribution during their professional career in the field of environmental Health in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The following guidelines are used by the Awards Committee in the selection of nominees. These guidelines are subject to change from time to time:
- The nominee should be a member of The Massachusetts Environmental Health Association in good standing.
- The nominee should be a Registered Sanitarian in Massachusetts or other jurisdiction.
- The nominee should have been engaged in the field for at least three years.
- The name of the nominee shall be submitted to the committee for evaluation at least sixty days before the Annual Meeting.
- The Award can be given to the recipient only once.
Vartkes "Vic" Karian Award
In 1997 the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association voted to recognized dedicated longstanding member of the Association by creating an award in his honor. The Vartkes "Vic" Karian Award is presented annually to an individual, organization or agency in recognition of outstanding contributions to and support of the practice of environmental health in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was appropriate that the first awardee was Vartkes "Vic" Karian.
Robert C. Periello Memorial Award
In tribute to Bob Periello for the many years of service and accomplishment during a career over thirty years of Public Health and academic service in New England, the Yankee conference Board of Directors established the "Robert C. Periello Merit Award".
An outstanding Sanitarian from each state may be selected annually and presented this Certificate of Merit and a savings bond in an amount approved by the Board of Directors at the Annual Yankee Conference.
The significance of this award is to acknowledge the professional achievements made by Sanitarians in the field of Environmental Health. Everyone recognizes that there are individuals working at each level of responsibility who deserve recognition for their contribution to the field of public health.
- The sanitarian must be chosen for the award by the Board of Directors of each individual state association.
- The nomination of the person receiving the award must be submitted to the Yankee Conference Board of directors not less than 45 days prior to the date of the Educational Conference.
- The Sanitarian must be registered in their state where a state sanitarian Registration Act exists and be a member of the State's association.
- The recipient must have performed a service that produced a positive benefit to the field of environmental health in their state. This service can be either a single new achievement or a continuing program of outstanding merit.
- The Yankee conference Board of Directors must receive from the President of each State association a written description concerning the nominee including a biographical sketch and a short statement describing the nominee's accomplishment.
George R. Smith Innovation Award
This award was established in 2008 in memory and honor of George Smith RS a long time member and supporter of environmental health in Massachusetts. During his tenure as Sanitarian and Health Officer/Director in various communities in Massachusetts, Mr. Smith thrived on implementing new and progressive ways of getting the “Job Done”. During his tenure as Director of Public Health in the Town of Lexington, Mr. Smith developed the first House Hold Hazardous Materials collection day. This program is now a model for most communities throughout the commonwealth. He also developed for Lexington, the first asbestos removal permitting and inspection program as well as some of the states first tobacco control by-laws. George Smith RS is the first recipient of this award.
- The nominee of this award can be an Individual, Association or Cooperation (from Government, Academia or Private Industry) that has demonstrated an innovative vision for implementing environmental health programs.
- The annual award will be issued at the Massachusetts Environmental Health Associations annual meeting. The award will be awarded as a Silver Plated Paul Revere Bowl to acknowledge the first member of a Massachusetts Board of Health.
Dr. Leon A. Bradley Award
This is a New England Regional NEHA affiliate award given by the Yankee Conference Board of Directors. Each New England affiliate can nominate an individual from their state whom they deem worthy of this award. This special honor, established in 1971 by the YCBD may be awarded to only one recipient (if deemed worthy) each year. The award is presented at the Yankee Conference.
Joseph "Jay" Walsh, Jr. Award
This award was established by the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association in 2013 in honor of the late Jay Walsh and appropriately named the MEHA Mentor Award. The award will be presented annually recognizing an individual who captures the spirit, energy and dedication of mentoring others in the profession of environmental health.
MEHA Emerging Professionals Scholars
This award was established by the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association in 2019 to support up and coming local public health professionals who are passionate about the field. Scholarships are awarded to MEHA members who hav practiced in the public health sector for less than 5 years.