CDR Joe Laco is an Environmental Health Scientist in the National Center for Environmental Health’s Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch. He provides Environmental Health technical support and expertise to state and local health departments, U.S. territories and tribes. His work focuses largely on recreational water, emergency and outbreak response, food safety, drinking water, wastewater, vector control, safety and PPE and hazardous materials. He was the 2017 USPHS Environmental Health Officer Responder Of the Year and the recipient of the 2019 Edward Moran Award. Laco has more than 25 years of experience working in: federal government, state government, clinical and research laboratories, and private industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Ohio University in 1995, and a master’s of science degree in environmental health from East Tennessee State University in 2001. He is a Registered Sanitarian and Registered Environmental Health Specialist through the National Environmental Health Association.