Kerri McGowan Lowrey, J.D., M.P.H., is deputy director of the Network’s Eastern Region Office. She has over 15 years of experience in health law and policy research, primary and secondary legal and legislative analysis, and empirical legal and legislative research. Much of her recent work centers on law and policy addressing concussions and other injuries in youth sports. Her areas of research have also included the role of law in cancer prevention, particularly in the area of obesity prevention; health disparities and social determinants of health; the use of epidemiological evidence in courts; and legal and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Kerri is a member of the bar of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Her specialized training includes a four-year term as a cancer prevention fellow within the NCI’s Office of Preventive Oncology, where she assisted in developing the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Ethics Track. Prior to joining the Network for Public Health Law, Kerri served as technical vice president and manager of the Center for Health Policy and Legislative Analysis at the MayaTech Corporation in Silver Spring, MD. Kerri received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1999, an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2001 and A.B. in public policy and American institutions from Brown University in 1996.

Articles & Resources

The Role of School Nurses in Managing Students with Mild Brain Injury (Concussion)

Fact SheetSchool NursesSchool Nursing

September 12, 2018
by Kerri McGowan Lowrey

The National Association of School Nurses has issued a position statement that the school nurse is an “essential member of the school health team to address student concussions.” This fact sheet outlines how, as a school-based healthcare professional, the school nurse is likely to be the school staff member with the most comprehensive knowledge of mild brain injury.

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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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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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At the Intersection of Teen Driving and Tire Safety

Law & Policy InsightsInjury Prevention and SafetyDriving Safety

October 11, 2017
by Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. One often-overlooked issue in crash prevention is tire maintenance. A 2012 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 12 percent of crashes among inexperienced drivers were tire-related, while only 5 percent of crashes among experienced drivers were tire-related, suggesting that inexperienced drivers may lack knowledge about safe vehicle maintenance. Efforts to standardize and promote driver education across the country may be one way to address this issue.

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How the Law Can Help Realize the Potential of School Nursing in Public Health

Law & Policy InsightsHealth in SchoolSchool NursesSchool Nursing

June 6, 2017
by Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Registered professional school nurses provide important access to prevention services, early detection, and mental health services for school-aged children and adolescents. For many children, the school nurse may be the only health care provider they will see all year. School nurses are uniquely positioned at the intersection of student health and education; and they are trained to understand the complexity of the relationship between physical and mental well-being and academic success.

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