Our Mission

The Root Cause Coalition is a national, member-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of health disparities by focusing on hunger and other social determinants to reverse the nationwide epidemic of preventable chronic health conditions.

Founded in 2015 by The AARP Foundation and ProMedica, a not-for-profit health system based in Toledo, Ohio, The Root Cause Coalition seeks to improve the health status of individuals and communities by fully engaging collaborative partnerships to address the social determinants of health, with specific emphasis on hunger as a public health issue.

We commission and engage in compelling research on the correlation of hunger to overall health. We advocate for relevant public policy, and develop and deploy effective strategies and programs that focus on meeting the access, nutrition and education needs faced by individuals and communities.

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    Latest News

  • July 2016 Newsletter

    July 27, 2016

    The Root Cause Coalition newsletter is published monthly to provide updates on our work in addressing the social determinants of health, with specific emphasis on hunger as a public health issue, and our work in improving the health status of individuals and communities. If you would like more information, please be sure to visit ourRead More > >

  • June 2016 Newsletter

    June 29, 2016

    The Root Cause Coalition newsletter is published monthly to provide updates on our work in addressing the social determinants of health, with specific emphasis on hunger as a public health issue, and our work in improving the health status of individuals and communities. If you would like more information, please be sure to visit ourRead More > >

  • MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER

    May 31, 2016

    As we begin the summer months it is my hope that this message finds you well and able to enjoy time in the coming days and weeks to relax, and spend time with friends and family. We all need a break, and even long weekends or a quiet afternoon can provide the recharge necessary. ButRead More > >

    Upcoming Events

  • Western Regional Summit “Diagnosis: Hunger” in partnership with The Alliance to End Hunger

    September 14, 2016

    Please mark your calendar to attend a regional summit on addressing hunger as a health issue and other social determinants on September 14, 2016 in Loma Linda, CA - presented by The Root Cause Coalition in partnership with The Alliance to End Hunger and hosted by Loma Linda University Health.

    There are clear associations between food insecurity and poor health status among children, adults and seniors, and our goal is to ensure this topic is better understood and made a priority across the healthcare industry. While the human toll from hunger remains incalculable, one estimate puts related healthcare costs nationwide at a staggering $130.5 billion per year.

    Representatives from healthcare organizations, faith-based groups, the education community, and government institutes will gather to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and advocate for food insecure individuals and families in the region and across the nation.

    For questions, please contact Monique Brigham, The Root Cause Coalition at 202-266-2615 or at mbrigham@rootcausecoalition.org

  • The Root Cause Coalition’s First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health

    December 05, 2016 - December 06, 2016

    Please mark your calendar to attend The Root Cause Coalition's First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health on December 5 - 6, 2016 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL.



    What:
     The Root Cause Coalition's First Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
    When: December 5-6, 2016 (a limited number of discounted pre-registration tickets are available)
    Where: The Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL
    Who: Healthcare leaders, clinicians, community groups, faith-based organizations, and anyone interested in engaging with thought leaders on dynamic approaches to addressing the social determinants of health.


    There are clear associations between social determinants - like a lack of safe and affordable housing, food insecurity, quality education, transportation, economic opportunity, and isolation - and poor health status among children, adults, and seniors. The core goal of this first summit - and of The Root Cause Coalition more broadly - is to more fully engage the healthcare industry in the discussion of social determinants of health, and ultimately, in the development and implementation of data-driven, community-centered solutions to prevent long-term chronic health conditions in the populations that we serve.

    Our robust two-day agenda will bring together representatives from healthcare, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, the non-profit sector, and government programs to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and engage in the crucial discussion of addressing the social determinants of health.