The Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (LRC) at Maryland Carey Law was established in 2001 to provide pro bono technical legal assistance on a wide-range of public health issues, including tobacco regulation and injury prevention, to state and local governments, legislators, community organizations, health advocacy groups, and Maryland residents. Directed by Law & Health Care Program faculty member Kathi Hoke, (pictured right) the LRC is a grant-funded legal center that receives primary support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). In addition, LRC works closely with state agencies such as the Office of the Comptroller and the Office of the Attorney General, as well as members of the Maryland General Assembly. The LRC will host an anniversary dinner on May 10 with the individuals and organizations who founded the LRC. The invitees include faculty from the law school, former LRC staff, and stakeholders from the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and DHMH.
The Center is continuing its work as a leader in tobacco control and on May 11 LRC and DHMH are co-sponsoring the 2017 Maryland Tobacco Control Conference - this year titled Navigating the Changing Landscape: The Future of Tobacco Control in Maryland. The event will bring together local, state and national experts to discuss the state of tobacco control and what lies ahead in 2017 and beyond.
Presenters and attendees will discuss best practices and policies to reduce tobacco use and health disparities, covering a wide-range of topics, including: tobacco prevention and cessation, law and policy, enforcement, smoke-free environments, and research. Dr. Boris Lushniak, former U.S. Surgeon General and current Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health will provide the key note address.
The annual conference attracts state and local health officials; public health, health care, academic, and research professionals; policy makers; tobacco coalition members; law and code enforcement officers; faith- and community-based organization members; and other stakeholders. The conference is an annual vehicle to learn about current tobacco control and prevention efforts in Maryland; collaborate to reduce tobacco-related health inequities/disparities; learn practical ways to improve tobacco control programs and activities; and exchange ideas and tips to sustain long-term efforts. Registration is free and available here.