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Betsy Porter, JD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Health Policy and Administration


Building & Room:



1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5247

Office Hours

Office Hours - Spring 2024
Monday 12:00pm – 01:00pm and by appointment


Betsy Porter, JD (she/her) is a clinical assistant professor in the MPH program within Health Policy and Administration at UIC. Betsy is an attorney, licensed in the state of Illinois, and her research is focused on state laws and local policies that have the potential to impact childhood health and wellness- particularly in the school setting. Over the last 10 years, she has led the compilation of multiple nationwide policy surveillance data sets including the National Cancer Institute's Classification of Laws Associated with School Students (available at and the National Wellness Policy Study's state law database (available at

Selected Publications

Piekarz-Porter E., Schermbeck R.M., Chriqui J.F. School is in session: An update to the current status of school vaccination laws as COVID-19 vaccines become available to more school-aged children. P3RC Fact Sheet 103. Chicago, Illinois: Policy, Practice, and Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, University of Illinois Chicago. October 2021. Available: doi: 10.25417/uic.16783768

Piekarz-Porter E, Lin W, Leider J, Turner L, Perna F, Chriqui JF. (2021 Mar). State laws matter when it comes to school provisions for structured PE and daily PE participation. Translational Behavioral Medicine 11(2):597-603. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibaa013. PMID: 32115650

Piekarz-Porter E, Leider J, Turner, L, Chriqui, JF. (2020 Nov). District wellness policy nutrition standards are associated with healthier district food procurement practices in the United States. Nutrients 12(11): 3417.

Piekarz-Porter E, Lin W, Chriqui JF. (2019, Sep.) Smart Snacks fundraiser exemption policies: Are states supporting the spirit of Smart Snacks? Journal of School Health 89(9):692-697.doi: 10.1111/josh.12807.

Piekarz-Porter E, Chriqui JF, Schermbeck RM, Leider J, Lin W. The Active Role States Have Played in Helping to Transform the School Wellness Environment through Policy, School Years 2006-07 through 2014-15. Chicago, IL: Bridging the Gap Program and the National Wellness Policy Study, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, May 31 2017,

Piekarz-Porter E, Schermbeck RM, Leider J, Young SK, Chriqui JF. Working on Wellness: How Aligned are District Wellness Policies with the Soon-To-Be Implemented Federal Wellness Policy Requirements? Chicago, IL: National Wellness Policy Study, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, May 31 2017,


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2012
Northwestern University, BA (biological sciences, political sciences minor) 2008