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.

  • Download a FREE research data whitepaper exploring the necessity of cross-sector engagement in addressing the long-term health of our communities.

Founding Partners

Inaugural Partners


    Upcoming Events

  • Mountain Plains Regional Summit: Diagnosis Hunger

    May 18, 2017

    Register Here

    Please mark your calendar to attend a regional summit on addressing hunger as a health issue and other social determinants on May 18th, 2017 in Denver, CO - presented by The Root Cause Coalition and The Alliance to End Hunger in partnership with The Colorado Prevention Alliance and Project Angel Heart.

    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.

    This summit will feature perspectives from an array of experts, including a keynote speaker from the United States Department of Agriculture and Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation. Leaders from local and national healthcare organizations, faith-based groups, the education community, service organizations, and nongovernment organizations will gather to lift up current best practices and policies being used in the promotion of food security and improved food systems. Additionally, the event will offer community connections and resources; align efforts to improve access to healthy, affordable foods; and advocate for food insecure individuals and families in the region and across the nation.

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

  • 2nd Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health

    October 09, 2017 - October 10, 2017

    Register Here