Grassroots movement building and preemption in the campaign for residential fire sprinklers
This case study of the residential sprinkler movement adds to our understanding of grassroots movements and the role such movements can play in promoting public health and safety. Grassroots movement building is a powerful tool in public health, regardless of the issue being addressed.
Effective national and global policies often have their roots in local action, which is stymied by state preemption. While this case study focuses on the residential fire sprinkler movement in the US, the findings about both the power of grassroots movement building and preserving local authority offer valuable lessons for those working in different countries and on other public health and safety issues.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related research
Define the term "grassroots movement" as it relates to a campaign for public health or safety legislation. Describe the impact of state preemption on the residential sprinkler movement.
Keyword(s): Injury Prevention, Policy/Policy Development
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of Grassroots Change: Connecting for Better Health in Oakland, California. I am the former Executive Director of Americans for Nonsmokersâ Rights in Berkeley, California (1986â2007), and ran a grassroots campaign to ban smoking on all commercial airline flights in the United States. In 1995, I co-founded Californians for Responsible Gun Laws to mobilize grassroots support for 40 local gun control ordinances and four major statewide firearm laws.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.