Center & Institute Affiliation(s):
Katherine is a lawyer and member of faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Katherine completed her legal training in the UK, practicing as a criminal and civil law barrister. She received certification from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple with training at the Inns of Court School of Law, London. She completed her MSc in International Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and her dissertation work at the Harvard School of Public Health in their program on International Health and Human Rights.
Katherine's work focuses on improving the protection of human rights and access to healthcare in times of conflict and violence. She has been involved in the development of evidenced-based tools to support the monitoring of interferences and attacks on health care services. She also works on studies focused on improving the health of marginalized populations, with a particular focus on the structural determinants that shape HIV risk, including the role of criminal justice.
Honors and Awards
2003 - Blackstone Award for Academic Excellence
epidemiology, human rights, health in conflict, female sex workers, criminalization, HIV, Thailand, Burma, Baltimore
Footer K, Meyer S, Sherman S.G, Rubenstein L. On the frontline of eastern Burma's chronic conflict - listening to the voices of local health workers. Social Science & Medicine, Special Issue on Medical Humanitarianism: Culture, Health, and States of Emergency 2014; Forthcoming
Footer K. & Rubenstein, L. S. A human rights approach to health care in conflict. International Review of the Red Cross, First View Article, 1-21, (2013).
Susan G. Sherman, Katherine Footer, Samantha Illangasekare, Erin Clark, Erin Pearson & Michele R.Decker. “What makes you think you have special privileges because you are a police officer?” A qualitative explorationof police's role in the risk environment of female sex workers. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV (2014)
Footer H Katherine, Haar J Rohini, Singh Sonal, Sherman G Susan, Branchini Casey, Sclar Joshua, Clouse Emily, Rubenstein S Leonard. Measurement of attacks and interferences with health care in conflict: validation of an incident reporting tool for attacks on andinterferences with health care in eastern Burma. Conflict and Health, (2014).