Our Mission

The Root Cause Coalition is 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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  • April 2016 Newsletter

    April 28, 2016

    In keeping with the Root Cause Coalition’s mission to address social determinants of health through research, education and advocacy, I am pleased to annouce that we are planning a National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in Chicago, Illinois, December 5 and 6, 2016. We’ve heard from our members and industry colleagues that theyRead More > >

  • March 2016 Newsletter

    March 23, 2016

    In the five months since its establishment, the Root Cause Coalition has made tremendous progress in bringing the healthcare industry into discussions and action as to how we, as a nation, can best address the social determinants of health.   Since October of 2015, The Coalition has experienced steady growth in membership and is already widelyRead More > >

  • February 2016 Newsletter

    February 06, 2016

    If not us, who? If not now, when? These words have echoed through the ages and have been applied to issues ranging from working to achieve world peace, to establishing national policy and countless others between. Individuals and businesses alike use the words to personally and collectively inspire, motivate and achieve goals and better outcomes.Read More > >

    Upcoming Events

  • Western Regional Summit “Diagnosis: Hunger” in partnership with The Alliance to End Hunger

    September 14, 2016

    Please mark your calendar to attend a regional summit on addressing hunger as a health issue and other social determinants on September 14, 2016 in Loma Linda, CA - presented by The Root Cause Coalition in partnership with The Alliance to End Hunger and hosted by Loma Linda University Health.

    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.

    Representatives from healthcare organizations, faith-based groups, the education community, and government institutes will gather to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and advocate for food insecure individuals and families in the region and across the nation.

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

  • The Root Cause Coalition’s First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health

    December 05, 2016 - December 06, 2016

    Please mark your calendar to attend The Root Cause Coalition's First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health on December 5 - 6, 2016 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL.



    What:
     The Root Cause Coalition's First Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
    When: December 5-6, 2016 (a limited number of discounted pre-registration tickets are available)
    Where: The Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL
    Who: Healthcare leaders, clinicians, community groups, faith-based organizations, and anyone interested in engaging with thought leaders on dynamic approaches to addressing the social determinants of health.


    There are clear associations between social determinants - like a lack of safe and affordable housing, food insecurity, quality education, transportation, economic opportunity, and isolation - and poor health status among children, adults, and seniors. The core goal of this first summit - and of The Root Cause Coalition more broadly - is to more fully engage the healthcare industry in the discussion of social determinants of health, and ultimately, in the development and implementation of data-driven, community-centered solutions to prevent long-term chronic health conditions in the populations that we serve.

    Our robust two-day agenda will bring together representatives from healthcare, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, the non-profit sector, and government programs to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and engage in the crucial discussion of addressing the social determinants of health.