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January 28 Webinar: Preemption in 2016 and Beyond

January 5, 2016

Public health agencies, community partners and activists working at the local and state levels play a critical role in advancing public health. Cities and states act as testing grounds for innovative and progressive policies—like New York City’s smokefree law, Berkeley’s soda tax or Seattle’s paid sick days ordinance—that protect health and safety. When these policies work, they reshape our shared understanding of how to address problems like economic injustice, chronic disease, and environmental hazards, and generate momentum for broader changes.

But preemption can stop progress in its tracks. In recent years, harm-causing industries have lobbied for laws to prevent cities and counties from creating smokefree spaces, regulating fracking, protecting workers, and adopting policies to protect children from junk food marketing.

Join Grassroots Change and Prevention Institute on January 28, 2016, for “Preemption in 2016 and Beyond: Emerging Issues and Best Practices.” This webinar will provide practical case studies illustrating the evolving threat and best practices to stop preemption, and will highlight the role of health and safety practitioners in protecting local control. Register today and join us on Twitter at #Preemption2016:

Preemption in 2016 and Beyond: Emerging Issues and Best Practices

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2:00 PM-3:30 PM ET/11:00 AM-12:30 PM PST

Register online



Ellen Bravo directs Family Values @ Work, a network of coalitions in 21 states working for policies such as paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance. Ellen has served on several state and federal commissions, including the bi-partisan Commission on Leave appointed by Congress to study the impact of the Family and Medical Leave Act.



Carter Headrick is Director of State and Local Obesity Policy for the Voices for Healthy Kids Project of the American Heart Association. In this role Mr. Headrick and his team work with American Heart Association staff and public health coalitions in all 50 states to pass and implement state and local policies to promote healthy eating and physical activity.



Bronson Frick is Associate Director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and the ANR Foundation where he provides technical assistance and training for coalitions and public health advocates working throughout the country on tobacco policy issues, particularly smokefree indoor air.




Mark Pertschuk is the Director of Grassroots Change in Oakland, California. Mark is the former President and Executive Director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. In 1995, Mark co-founded Californians for Responsible Gun Laws to mobilize grassroots support for 40 local gun control ordinances and three major statewide firearm laws. He has also served as Executive Director of the Marin Institute in San Rafael, California and Legislative Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence in Washington, DC.



Michael Bare is Program Manager & Policy Analyst for Preemption Watch, a program of Grassroots Change which monitors, tracks and analyzes preemptive state and federal policy proposals. Michael’s prior work focused on the social and policy determinants of health, included HIV and population specific health disparities, with organizations including the National LGBT Cancer Network, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise.


Moderated by Prevention Institute’s Juliet Sims.

If you have any questions, please email Casey Tran, Grassroots Change Communications Associate, at