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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  • Fall 2016 E-Newsletter

    November 11, 2016

    It’s been a full year since The Root Cause Coalition was established, and in the last 12 months we’ve made incredible strides in advancing our mission to address the social determinants of health and more broadly engage the healthcare industry in helping individuals meet their most basic needs. Hunger, housing, transportation, isolation, education, and soRead More > >

  • 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 > >

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