Our Mission

We are 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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  • September 2016 Newsletter

    September 30, 2016

    As we feel the snap of autumn in the air, we know that the sting of winter is not far behind. The change of seasons brings to mind the challenges so many in our communities will face as they struggle to heat their homes as days grow cold, keep lights on as daylight fades andRead More > >

  • August 2016 Newsletter

    September 06, 2016

    The Root Cause Coalition’s Inaugural Summit is just a few months away, and if the fall progresses as quickly as the summer, December will be upon us in a blink. Don’t let the opportunity to participate in this event slip away! Scheduled for December 5 & 6 in Chicago, with an agenda that brings togetherRead More > >

  • July 2016 Newsletter

    July 27, 2016

    In the last speech of his life, John Gardner, former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare for the Johnson Administration wrote: “I keep running into highly capable people all over this country who literally never give a thought to the well-being of their community. And I keep wondering, who gave them permission to standRead More > >

    Upcoming Events

  • 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.

     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.