Jennifer L. Pomeranz, JD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Policy and Management at the College of Global Public Health at New York University. Her research focuses on public health law and policy. She is especially interested in policy and legal options to address the food environment, products that cause harm, and social injustices that lead to health disparities. Ms. Pomeranz authored over sixty peer-reviewed and law review journal articles and a book, Food Law for Public Health, published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School and her Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Turning research into actionState Legislators Increasingly and Covertly Preempt Local Public Health Policymaking
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic raged, state legislators continued to quietly pass laws that consolidate power in state capitals and take away local governments’ authority to protect public health. Oklahoma is the latest example.
Financing, Implementation & Policy ModelsState Legislative Strategies to Pass, Enhance, and Obscure Preemption of Local Public Health Policy-Making
Local governments are often innovators of public health policymaking, and local control over public health issues that are vital to addressing social inequities. But states are increasingly preempting, or prohibiting, local control over public health issues. In a new paper, Jennifer Pomeranz and Diana Silver of the New York University School of Global Public Health, systematically identified strategies to pass, obscure, or enhance preemption in five policy areas.
Financing, Implementation & Policy ModelsHow State Pre-emption is Associated with Evidence-Based Policymaking and Health Equity Across Populations
Local governments are often on the forefront of enacting innovative public health policy, and local control over public health issues is especially vital to address social inequities. Pre-emption removes the ability of local governments to enact these laws and may hinder public health policy adoption and diffusion within a state and across the country.