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Allison  Winnike


Allison Winnike

Research Professor; Health Law & Policy Institute

B.A., Rice University
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Allison Winnike is a Research Professor at the Health Law & Policy Institute where she specializes in public health law and health legislation and policy. Particular areas of expertise include immunization law and policy; public health emergency preparedness and response; health legislative drafting; health information technology; and health system transformation.

Professor Winnike earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Policy Studies from Rice University in 2001 and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008. While at Georgetown she trained at the Federal Legislation Clinic where she focused on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007. Previously, Professor Winnike worked as a Health Legislative Aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. From 2001 to 2003 she was a staffer for Senator Frist on the Subcommittee on Public Health, and from 2003 to 2005 she expanded her responsibilities in the Office of the Majority Leader. In the Senate she worked on a wide variety of health policy issues and legislation, including bioterrorism and infectious disease, patient safety, telemedicine, health insurance, genetic discrimination, medical liability insurance, bioethics, obesity, organ donation, pharmaceuticals and vaccines.

She is the editor of “Control Measures and Public Health Emergencies: A Texas Bench Book” (2014). She serves as the faculty editor for the “Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy” and editor for the Health Law & Policy Institute’s “Health Law Perspectives.” In addition, she serves as a member of the Conference of Chief Justices Pandemic and Emergency Response Task Force chaired by South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal.

Health Legislation & Advocacy I
Health Legislation & Advocacy II
Public Health Law