Studying the impact of pre-emptive public health legislation on grassroots movement-building

This project will examine the benefits and trade-offs of pre-emption as a strategic policy campaign decision and examine pre-emptions' impact on state and local movement building. Pre-emption and local control are concerns that arise in a wide range of health and public health issues, such as tobacco control, food safety, pesticide regulation and violence prevention. The loss of local or state control under pre-emptive legislation can have unforeseen consequences on the development of grassroots movements and policy strategies. This project will: (1) research the broad benefits of building grassroots movements across a range of public health issues; (2) analyze the impact of pre-emption on public health movement-building; (3) develop tools and resources to help advocates and practitioners understand the implications of pre-emption; and (4) disseminate findings, tools and resources through a Web site and professional meetings. The Public Health Law Center will incorporate, house and maintain the resources, tools and Web site at the close of this two-year project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $399,953.00

Awarded on: 9/22/2009

Time frame: 10/15/2009 - 4/30/2012

Grant Number: 66857


Public Health Law Center, Inc.

875 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, 55105-3076


Margaret A. Mahoney
Project Director


Mark Pertschuk
Project Director