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 more than 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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Inaugural Partners


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    August 21, 2019

    Lauran Hardin, Senior Advisor, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Our Presenter Spotlight Series highlights the dozens of leaders in the movement to build health equity who will present their ideas at the 2019 National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in San Diego, Calif. Register now to reserve your place atRead More > >

  • Turning Theory Into Action: Creating a Network to Fight Isolation

    August 21, 2019

    The Root Cause Coalition is inspired by the work our Partners and Members do to address health equity in their communities. Improving health requires collaboration and opportunities to network and connect in our communities. With research showing that isolation and loneliness are worse for health than obesity, AARP Foundation developed Connect2Affect: a collaborative effort to endRead More > >

  • Turning Theory Into Action: We Are Family Builds Community to Fight Isolation

    August 19, 2019

    Feelings of belonging and access to social support from the community have incredible health benefits. Those with opportunities to build sustainable relationships over time are happier and live longer than those who are less connected. In fact, “Good, close relationships appear to buffer us from the problems of getting old,” says Dr. Robert Waldinger, aRead More > >

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