January 3, 2011

In a Dec. 22, 2010 article in The Economist, Arianna Huffington predicts that 2011 will be the “Year of hope 2.0,” in which Americans realize that “our system is too broken to be fixed by politicians operating from within it.”  The solution: We outside of Washington must demand meaningful change and make it …

December 16, 2010

Arianna Huffington, The Economist, Nov. 22, 2010 In America, 2008 was all about “hope”: crossing our fingers and electing leaders who we thought would enact the change we desperately needed. Gazing into my crystal ball, I predict 2011 is going to be all about hope 2.0, the realisation that our …

November 19, 2010

Whatever you think of the outcome, the 2010 elections remind us of the power of the grassroots in American politics. This should not come as a surprise to the public health community:  In her 2007 book Disease Prevention as Social Change, Constance Nathanson wrote, “The strength of [the American system] lies in its citizens’ capacity …

November 5, 2010

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 3000 Americans die in home fires every year and thousands more are injured. Home fires are by far the greatest cause of fire deaths and injuries. Children under five and older adults face the highest risk. And anyone who has survived a …

November 4, 2010

The Fire Sprinkler Initiative has experienced enormous grassroots success promoting local ordinances mandating residential fire sprinklers. But those victories are threatened by state preemption.