Aug. 17, 2017 - Allison N. Winnike, Research Professor and Director of Research for the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, is resigning to serve as CEO of the Immunization Partnership, a non-profit public health organization based in Houston.
"I am extremely grateful for the memorable years I have spent at the Law Center working with my outstanding colleagues and teaching students about public health law and health legislation," Winnike said. "The University of Houston Law Center is a wonderfully supportive community, and it has been my privilege to be a part of its admirable dedication to students and community service.
"I am excited to lead the Immunization Partnership in the important mission of protecting the public's health from vaccine-preventable diseases through evidence-based public policies and education. This new role combines my expertise in public health law and legislative policymaking, allowing me to make a positive impact on our nation's health."
Winnike, who served six years as a research professor, including the past two as research director of the health law institute, will continue teaching her Public Health Law course as an adjunct professor and serve as a member of the institute's advisory board.
"We are very proud of Professor Winnike's accomplishments at the Law Center while she was a research professor and director of research," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "Professor Winnike has been an invaluable part of the Health Law & Policy Institute, bringing energy and excitement to her role as research director. She is an exceptional teacher who helped her students understand complex health law issues. She added actual value to the larger Houston community by authoring manuals on how to deal with public emergency outbreaks.
"Although we are sad that Professor Winnike is leaving us, we know that she will be successful in her new job with the Immunization Partnership, and we are very pleased that she will continue to teach our students as an adjunct."
At the Law Center, Winnike helped organize lectures and major conferences, including "Broadband Prescriptions for Mental Health: A Policy Conference," co-hosted by the Federal Communications Commission Connect2HealthFCC Task Force; "Zika Virus Workshop: Public Health and Legal Control Measures;" and "Ebola Workshop: Preparing for Public Health Emergencies."
She also was honored with two national awards: the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts and 2016 Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law from the American Public Health Association.