Our Mission

Reverse and end the systemic root causes of health inequities for individuals and communities through cross-sector partnerships.

What is health equity?

Health equity is health justice. Everyone deserves a fair and equal opportunity to live a long, healthy life. In America, the single most important factor in our overall health is our zip code. The decisive impact of the environments in which we live, work, learn and grow represents both an opportunity and a challenge for the health care community. The Root Cause Coalition believes that where we live should have no bearing on our eligibility to be healthy. We will achieve health equity only when we resolve the root causes of avoidable, chronic health conditions.

About us

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Established in 2015, the Root Cause Coalition is a non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of 54 leading health systems, hospital associations, foundations, businesses, national and community nonprofits, health insurers, academic institutions and policy centers. The Coalition works to achieve health equity through cross-sector collaboration in advocacy, education and research. In support of this mission, the Coalition seeks to uphold its four core values: Focusing on Community Change, Advancing Authentic Collaboration, Scaling Innovative Solutions, and Engaging and Learning from Communities.

Founding Partners

Inaugural Partners


    Latest News

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Credit Adjustments, Inc. as Newest Member

    June 21, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Credit Adjustments, Inc. (CAI) as its newest member, bringing the Coalition’s total membership to 53 organizations. An industry leader specializing in health care and higher education accounts receivable management, CAI follows the motto: Delivering Respect. Collecting Results. One of only 11 small businesses nationally, CAI was awardedRead More > >

  • Member Spotlight: Improving Health Outcomes While Curbing Costs with Medically Tailored Meals

    June 13, 2018

    On May 9th, 2018, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) at Harvard Law School, an inaugural partner of The Root Cause Coalition, hosted the Food is  Medicine Coalition, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, and the House Hunger Caucus’ Food is Medicine Working Group for a panel discussion on improving health outcomes and curbingRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Enterprise Community Partners as Newest Member

    June 05, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) as its newest member, bringing the Coalition’s total membership to 52 organizations. Enterprise is a powerful and proven nonprofit that makes well-designed homes affordable and creates communities where people thrive, with connections to resources like health care, schools, jobs and transportation. To date,Read More > >

    Upcoming Events

  • National Summit on the Social Determinants of Heath

    October 08, 2018 - October 09, 2018

    The Root Cause Coalition is proud to host the Third Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health on October 8-9 in New Orleans. Our robust two-day agenda will bring together representatives from healthcare, the non-profit sector, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, government leaders, educators and businesses to share best practices, connect with local communities and engage in a crucial discussion of how to best address the social determinants of health. Register today.