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 healthcare 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

Established in 2015, the Root Cause Coalition is a non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of 50 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.

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    Latest News

  • National Summit Update: Third Day Added to Agenda

    May 14, 2018

    The Root Cause Coalition announced the addition of a third day to the Third Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health. Due to the overwhelming interest from potential speakers, educators and researchers, the summit will now officially begin at 12:00 noon CST on Sunday, October 7th (pre-conference registration opens at 11:00 a.m.). TheRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Opposes House Version of 2018 Farm Bill

    May 08, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition opposes the current House version of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, popularly known as the “Farm Bill.” The bill contains several provisions that, taken together, would eliminate a nutritional lifeline for millions of Americans who would be removed from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). TheRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Celebrates Addition of Fiftieth New Member

    May 07, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition recently celebrated the addition of its 50th new member, punctuating two-and-a-half years of remarkable growth for the nonprofit, member-driven organization. The Coalition’s rapid expansion speaks to the urgency of its mission: to reverse and end the systemic root causes of health inequities for individuals and communities through cross-sectorRead More > >

    Upcoming Events

  • How To: Engage Community Development as a Partner for Health Equity Webinar

    May 31, 2018

    Join experts as they discuss the use of community development to address the social determinants of health in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s HowTo: Webinar Series. Through this webinar, the Build Healthy Places Network will provide an overview of the community development sector, a multi-billion-dollar sector that serves as an action arm for addressing social determinants of health through the development and financing of affordable housing, grocery stores, community centers, health clinics, and services in low- and moderate-income communities. The overview will focus on the sector’s alignment with the health equity goals of public health, shared measurement strategies, and emerging opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. #TRCCHowToWebSeries


  • How To: Implement and Sustain a Transition of Care Program

    July 11, 2018

    Join experts from Shade Tree Clinic, a free clinic run by Vanderbilt medical students serving high-risk and uninsured patients in the metro Nashville area, as they share successful transitions process from identification to follow-up, historical and contemporary barriers to implementation, and cross-disciplinary partnerships they have formed to address their patients’ multifaceted challenges.