CEHN Tenth Annual Child Health Advocate Awards Reception

Washington, DC, District of Columbia
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Science Award 
Dr. Walter Rogan, NIEHS Epidemiology Branch (retired) 

Walter Rogan’s Pediatric Epidemiology group at NIEHS had studied the effects of environmental chemicals on the growth and development of children since 1976. They studied about 850 North Carolina children born between 1978 and 1982, and showed that transplacental exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) produced small delays in motor development detectable from birth to age two years. In the same study, children with higher exposure to DDT were weaned earlier. Rogan and Taiwanese colleagues studied a complex food poisoning episode in Taiwan, in which children were exposed transplacentally to PCBs and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) that their mothers ate in contaminated cooking oil. The children had a syndrome of ectodermal defects, global persistent developmental delay and disordered behavior. Rogan led the Treatment of Lead-exposed Children trial, a study of whether the oral lead-chelating drug succimer could prevent lead-induced disorders of growth, behavior and cognitive development in toddlers. The children given succimer scored no better than the children given placebo on any of the tests at about age five years or 7 years. Recently, Rogan and colleagues at the Childrens’ Hospitals of Philadelphia completed the Infant Feeding and Early Development study, a study of “endocrine disruption” that followed 270 newborns to age 7-9 months using detailed new measures of estrogen response.

Rogan received his MD and MPH from the joint program at UC San Francisco and Berkeley. He came to NIEHS in 1976, and has served as Epidemiology Branch Chief and Acting Clinical Director. Recent recognition includes the presidency of the American Epidemiological Society in 2011, honorary fellowship in the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2012, and the Stein-Susser Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology in 2014.

Policy Award
Carol Stroebel, 

Long-time advocate for policies protecting public interest/public health, most recently CEHN Director of Training & Policy

Carol Stroebel is grateful for a successful career dedicated to the public interest and public health.

After working for the outstanding public servants Wisconsin Governor Anthony S. Earl and U. S. Representative Norman Y.  Mineta, she dedicated the next 24 years of her career to advocating for public interest issues such as highway safety and the environment.  She was especially engaged by the creation of the field of children’s environmental health policy.  Her efforts included fighting the proposed repeal of pesticide regulation reforms that would better protect children’s health and making the case for a wide range of health-protective standards.   Her proudest single achievement was her small role, as Legislative Director for Rep. Mineta, in the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.  This law apologized and provided redress to Americans of Japanese ancestry who had been interned during World War II.

She served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs of the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1994-1996.  From 1996 to 2014, she was integral to the work of the Children’s Environmental Health Network and its efforts to protect children from environmental hazards. 

She received a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Although successful in a number of journalism and communications posts, Carol’s true vocation was promoting public health and public interest policies at the national level.

N.O.W. Youth Leadership Award

Annie Willis, Leader with Global Kids, Inc


Annie Willis temporarily resides in the Bronx, New York. She will be attending Bernard Baruch College in Manhattan, New York this Fall.

In 2012, her life took a turn for the worst when Superstorm Sandy destroyed her home in the Far Rockaways. Annie and her family are still displaced to this day. Annie hopes to someday move back to her family's home in Far Rockaway and because of that,Annie’s motivation for changing policy to combat climate change is inspired by experiencing devastating long lasting events due to extreme weather. She often says "with tragedy,comes strength". Annie decided to become a Human Rights Activist and an Environmentalist by joining Global Kids her sophomore year of high school.

Annie was fortunate enough to travel with Global Kids to Bosnia and Herzegovina the summer of 2013,to study the role of media in society. In Bosnia she stayed with a host family whose  home was flooded due to extreme rainfall one year later. This was another wake up call for the teen. That's when she realised climate change isn't just a local issue but a global one.

Currently, her passion is trying to implement climate education in the New York State school curriculum. She feels the first step in reversing climate change is awareness.As an Action Fellow with Global Kids and ACE she has participated in the People’s Climate March along with rallies and press conferences at City Hall. One highlight of her climate activist journey was being a guest panelist for 350.org New York "Why the U.S. Must Lead" event during the week of the United Nation’s Climate Summit in 2014. Last May She was interviewed by The Solutions Project on why New York State should run on 100% renewable energy.

In the future she hopes to continue her work of being an Environmentalist and a Human Rights Activist internationally. In college she plans to study Public Affairs and Economics in order to further connect policy and social change. In her spare time Annie enjoys reading, cooking delicious cuisines and game night with her family. Annie also serves nutritional meals on Saturday at a local pantry in the Bronx.

See a list of our past award recipients here


Contact Information

  • Phone: 202-543-4033 ext. 12
    Email: rlocke@cehn.org


Payment Instructions

© 2020
Quick, easy and affordable online event registration and event management software for all event sizes.