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

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

Policy BriefMechanisms for Advancing Public HealthInjury Prevention and SafetyHealthy and Affordable Housing

May 23, 2018
by Kathleen Hoke and Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Tax incentives, in the form of tax credits, deductions or exemptions, can be effective legal interventions for advancing the public’s health. This resource examines tax incentives that encourage prevention of child and adult injuries that occur while traveling, during recreation, and at home.

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Next Generation 911: Maryland Answers the Call to Upgrade the State’s Emergency Response System

Law & Policy InsightsEmergency Legal Preparedness and Response

May 9, 2018
by Kathleen Hoke

Many of us use smartphones every day to send text messages, share videos, get from point A to point B, and even share our location with another person. While these services are of particular value during an emergency, they are not available to many 911 dispatch centers and emergency services around the country. In Maryland, legislation was passed to advance Next Generation 911 in the state.

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