Six New Projects Will Investigate the Impacts of Preemption on Racial Justice and Health Equity

When the state overrules local policies, what is the impact on people's health and wellbeing? Policies for Action (P4A) announces six new research projects that examine the impacts of state-level preemption policies on racial justice and health equity at local and regional levels. “Preemption” refers to a higher level of government’s legal authority to restrict, supersede or prevent policies or laws of a lower level of government.  The studies will explore the impacts of preemption of local policy on a wide range of issues, including education, land use, worker’s rights, political participation, birth outcomes and housing code enforcement.

The following new projects are now underway:

The insights from these studies will provide evidence about how preemption is being used to promote and, in some cases, impede progress towards a just, equitable, and healthy society. 

Policies for Action is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with direction and technical assistance provided by the Urban Institute. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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