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 54 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

  • Presenter Spotlight: 2018 National Summit

    August 14, 2018

    Lisa Marsh Ryerson President, AARP Foundation Our Presenter Spotlight Series highlights the dozens of leaders in the movement to build health equity who will present their ideas at the 2018 National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in New Orleans, LA. Register now to reserve your place at the Summit! Lisa Marsh Ryerson isRead More > >

  • Presenter Spotlight: 2018 National Summit

    August 06, 2018

    Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins Our Presenter Spotlight Series highlights the dozens of leaders in the movement to build health equity who will present their ideas at the 2018 National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in New Orleans, LA. Register now to reserve your place at the Summit! Drs. SampsonRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Communities of Excellence 2026 as Newest Member

    August 02, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Communities of Excellence 2026 as its newest member and 13th new addition since January 1st, 2018. Communities of Excellence 2026 assists communities in implementing the Communities of Excellence Framework that is adapted from a validated systems-improvement framework—Baldrige—that improves the health status, educational attainment and economic vitality ofRead More > >

    Upcoming Events

  • National Summit on the Social Determinants of Heath

    October 08, 2018 - October 09, 2018

    The Root Cause Coalition is proud to host the Third Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health on October 8-9 in New Orleans. Our robust two-day agenda will bring together representatives from healthcare, the non-profit sector, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, government leaders, educators and businesses to share best practices, connect with local communities and engage in a crucial discussion of how to best address the social determinants of health. Register today.