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 health care 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

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Established in 2015, the Root Cause Coalition is a non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of 65 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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  • The Root Cause Coalition Announces Request for Proposals for 2019 National Summit

    January 31, 2019

    Now that we are a month into 2019 we are excited to share more details about The Root Cause Coalition’s 4th Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health which is scheduled for October 20-22, 2019 in San Diego, California. To emphasize the urgency of the work being done to address health equity, the theme forRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Applauds Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

    December 20, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition applauds the passage of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, popularly known as the “Farm Bill.” The Farm Bill preserves food access for more than 40 million Americans—a critical bulwark against food insecurity and higher healthcare spending. The 2018 Farm Bill wisely excludes the stricter work requirementsRead More > >

  • New Research Collaboration Yields Insights into Food Insecurity among Medicaid Beneficiaries

    October 09, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC —While Medicaid recipients express similar desires for their health as non-recipients, they are having a more difficult time achieving those outcomes, reporting far higher food insecurity, more health problems and greater stress about their food decisions than the general population. For the first time in the 13-year history of the International Food InformationRead More > >

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