The Root Cause Coalition is dedicated to bringing the full power of healthcare to bear in our collective fight against health inequity. The Coalition recognizes that no one sector can address the full breadth of the social determinants ravaging the health of our people. We must work together. We share best practices, engage with communities in collaborative projects, conduct research and champion policies that will improve the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.

By encouraging and fostering cross-sector partnerships, we increase the collective impact of our member organizations in our three primary areas of focus: research, education and advocacy. The social determinants of ill health—factors such as hunger, housing instability, inadequate transportation, and social isolation—are found in every dimension of our public and private lives. That is why we must join forces across sectors, across services, and across state lines to address them. Join us in our effort to achieve health equity in America.

Learn more about the Coalition by viewing our 2018 Organizational Brochure.

Barbara Petee, Executive Director, The Root Cause Coalition

Ms. Petee has served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Coalition since its founding in October 2015. Drawing from more than 34 years of experience in healthcare communications and government relations, Ms. Petee leads the Coalition's efforts to unite cross-sector organizations under the common goal of achieving health equity. In less than three years, the Coalition's membership has grown from 17 inaugural partners into a diverse collection of more than 65 leading organizations from various states, sectors and services. For the past decade, Ms. Petee's focus has been addressing food insecurity and other basic needs so as to help develop and lift-up sustainable solutions that can be scaled and replicated across the nation, thereby improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Committed to helping develop and implement a new model of healthcare delivery that considers all the various social, physical and mental needs of individuals, Ms. Petee’s work in the social determinants has been widely recognized across the nation. She has served on myriad local, regional and national boards and committees, and is currently a board member of the Alliance to End Hunger, an affiliate of Bread for the World; a member of the Government Relations Officers Network for the American Hospital Association; and serves on the Legislative Policy Panel for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. Follow Barbara on Twitter: @BarbaraPetee

Randy Oostra, Chair, The Root Cause Coalition Board and President & CEO ProMedica

Randy Oostra is president and chief executive officer of ProMedica, a not-for-profit, mission-based health system in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Deeply commited to the healthcare industry and the community, Mr. Oostra is extensively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations at the local, regional and national levels. A member of the development committee for Bread for the World, he is on the board of the American Hospital Association, a member of the Ohio and Michigan hospital associations and a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, Vice Chair, The Root Cause Coalition Board and President, AARP Foundation

Lisa Marsh Ryerson has served as president of AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, since 2013. She is an experienced and innovative leader, responsible for setting the foundation’s strategic direction and leading its efforts to create opportunities for older Americans struggling with poverty, hunger, housing problems and social isolation. Awarded for leadership and service throughout her career, Ms. Ryerson has forged innovative collaborations with other organizations, such as the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and helped AARP Foundation secure unprecedented funding for programs and services.

Emily Allen, Trustee, The Root Cause Coalition, and Sr. Vice President, Foundation Programs, AARP Foundation

Throughout her career, Ms. Allen’s passion has been to serve the needs of those most at risk in our communities. Serving in a several capacities in nonprofit, education and workforce development organizations, she has worked to ensure vulnerable and at-risk individuals have access to the resources and services they need to thrive. Beginning her career as a special education teacher and school administrator in the Bahamas, Ms. Allen went on to work with AARP and AARP Foundation. She was named Vice President for AARP Foundation in 2011.

Dr. Juan Carlos Belliard, Trustee, The Root Cause Coalition, and Assistant Vice President for Community Partnerships, Director, Institute for Community Partnerships, Associate Professor in Global Health, Loma Linda University Health

Juan Carlos Belliard has taught in the areas of culture and health; traditional, complementary and alternative medicine; ethnographic research methods; health disparities; and migrant health. His research interests are focused on medical pluralism, exploring how migrant communities utilize parallel systems of health care. Dr. Belliard is dedicated to various efforts that strengthen community-university relationships. He serves on the board of the Community Action Health System (SACHS) a Federally Qualified Health Center in San Bernardino, CA. His passion for minority health, education, and health equity has been an impetus in the creation of the Promotores Academy at the San Manuel Gateway College, a certificate program for promotores/community health workers who are trained to bridge the gap between health systems and the community. Dr. Belliard and his wife Anastasia have two children Victoria and Nicolás. The Belliards all share a love for music, reading, travelling, camping, running, and futbol.

Stephanie Molliconi, Trustee, The Root Cause Coalition, and Principal Health Care Business Design Consultant, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Stephanie Molliconi is a Senior Program Manager in the Department of Community Health and Health Equity at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota where she is responsible for strategies that simultaneously address social determinants of health, narrow racial and gender inequities, and advance health care priorities. Ms. Molliconi has more than 20 years of experience within the health care sector, leading efforts to integrating community health practices and principles into health care. She earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Carleton College and a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Ms. Molliconi’s work has been recognized nationally and she is author of numerous peer-reviewed articles.

Monique Brigham, Associate Executive Director

As Associate Executive Director of The Root Cause Coalition, Ms. Brigham plays a critical role in the continued development and implementation of the Coalition’s strategic plan, recruitment of Coalition members, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Coalition's Washington D.C. office.

Prior to her role as Associate Executive Director, Ms. Brigham served as the Coalition's Manager of Education and Programming, where she developed all internal and external programming for the Coalition. Before joining the Root Cause Coalition team, Ms. Brigham gained experience as a Legislative and Policy Associate at a DC-based healthcare consulting firm. Ms. Brigham attended the University of Kansas, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology. Follow Monique on Twitter: @Monique_Brigham

Rates of poverty are more than twice as high in the unhealthiest U.S. counties