As director of the Network’s Eastern Region Office, Kathleen Hoke, J.D., draws on her many years of experience as director of the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, a position she continues to hold. Since 2002, Kathleen has directed the Center, working with state and local health officials and legislators on developing and implementing tobacco control, problem gambling, and injury prevention policy. Kathleen’s work in injury prevention has focused on Maryland state and local policies, including legislation requiring all vehicle occupants to wear a seatbelt, encouraging the State’s Medicaid program to cover special needs carseats for medically fragile children, and pedestrian safety.

With the Network, Kathleen covers myriad issues, including injury prevention, environmental law, healthy affordable housing, regulation of cannabis, food security, and immigration and public health. Kathleen is widely published in peer-review and legal journals; her articles cover issues ranging from nursing scope of practice laws to novel approaches to securing access to HepC treatments.

In 2018, Kathleen was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control, and in 2019, she was appointed by Maryland Comptroller Franchot to the E-FACTS Task Force. She has served on work groups of the Maryland General Assembly and is part of the Interprofessional Education team and the CARES Committee on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.

In 2016, the APHA Law Section awarded Kathleen the Jennifer Robbins Award for the Practice of Public Health Law. Kathleen is a Law School Professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, teaching public health law courses, including a Clinic through which students contribute to the work of the Network and the Center. Prior to joining the School of Law, Kathleen was an assistant attorney general in Maryland, an associate at Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper) and a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence F. Rodowsky on the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Articles & Resources

Right to Counsel at Eviction Proceedings: Lawyers Keeping Families at Home

Law & Policy InsightsFood and Housing Insecurity MeasuresFood Safety and SecurityNeighborhood and Built Environment

October 21, 2020
by Kathleen Hoke

In the U.S., criminal defendants have the right to be represented by an attorney and states and jurisdictions must provide an attorney free of charge to defendants who cannot afford one. Advocates have sought the same right for citizens facing civil cases, including evictions. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought light to the eviction crisis, the critical need for housing stability, and the role that lawyers can play in protecting tenants from unlawful and abusive eviction.

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Federal Housing Policy: From Disappointing Regulatory Proposals to Inspiring Enforcement Actions

Law & Policy InsightsHealthy and Affordable Housing

December 17, 2019
by Kathleen Hoke

Public health leaders have criticized a recent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposal that would place an increased burden on those seeking to prove discrimination in housing practices. While the HUD proposal moves through the regulatory process, another federal agency, the Department of Justice, continues to do its part to prevent discrimination in housing and punish those who engage in unfair and illegal housing practices.

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Tick Tock: When Will We See Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs?

Law & Policy InsightsSubstance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

July 18, 2019
by Kathleen Hoke

Although the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act directed the FDA to propose graphic warnings to be required on cigarette packages and advertising by June 2011, cigarette packages and ads in the US still do not contain graphic warnings. In August 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with other public health organizations, filed suit against the FDA seeking to force the Agency to propose graphic warnings as mandated by Congress.

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Undocumented Immigrants and Patient Privacy Laws

Issue BriefHealth Information and Data Sharing

June 4, 2019
by Kathleen Hoke and Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Concern over immigration enforcement can prevent immigrants from obtaining needed health care. Many immigrants worry that health workers will share their undocumented status with immigration authorities. Removing barriers to immigrants’ utilization of preventative and other health care services is important for public health. This issue brief explores relevant federal and state health privacy laws and how they apply to undocumented immigrants and provides information on health care providers’ rights and responsibilities when providing health care to immigrants.

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Key Public Health Initiatives: A Year in Review

WebinarsHealth ReformFood Safety and SecurityInjury Prevention and SafetySubstance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

December 13, 2018
by Brooke Torton, Kathleen Hoke, Kerri McGowan Lowrey and Mathew R. Swinburne

Among the most pressing public health issues of 2018, access to healthcare, electronic nicotine delivery systems, injury prevention, and food insecurity saw significant legislation and policy impacts. In this webinar, subject matter experts will recap how four important public health initiatives—expansion of scope of practice; regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems; traumatic brain injury prevention; and food insecurity and SNAP—were impacted in 2018.

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Tax Incentives and Public Health: Injury Prevention on the Road, on the Water, and at Home

Law & Policy InsightsInjury Prevention and SafetyMechanisms for Advancing Public Health

May 23, 2018
by Kathleen Hoke and Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Tax exemptions can be used effectively to encourage the purchase of consumer goods that support public health and safety by reducing the rate of injury or death. A few states have passed sales tax exemptions that fit the bill for public health, including exemptions for child car seats, bicycle helmets, and fire-safety equipment for homes. But these types of tax exemptions are often underutilized.

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