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.
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.