Stephen Sroka, adjunct professor at the School of Medicine, received the William A. Howe Award from the American School Health Association. This is the organization’s highest honor recognizing individuals for outstanding contributions and distinguished service in school health.
Sroka was selected for the award—the organization’s highest honor recognizing individuals for outstanding contributions and distinguished service in school health—for his work across many decades, including in AIDS, school violence prevention, the Whole Child concept, H1N1, opiates and opioids and COVID-19.
The award notice noted: “Dr. Sroka is not one to ‘rest on his laurels.’ He continues to conduct research, prepare articles, and make presentations on the national and international stage. He is not content with the ‘status quo,’ but is willing to take an extra step and do a bit more, even though it may be controversial, in the quest to seek what might make a difference in the lives of children. If one were to look at the past work of Dr. Sroka and compare it to the mission and goals of today’s ASHA, one would perhaps consider him ahead of his time. He will continue to challenge all of us in the hope of creating a better way for the youth of America.”