ADVOCACY

Guiding Philosophy

Establish the Root Cause Coalition as a national advocate for developing and securing passage and implementation of policy that addresses social determinants, lowers healthcare costs and improves health outcomes.

2018 advocacy priorities

Ensure Coverage and Access

Community-based, cross-sector partnerships focused on health equity are an essential ingredient for improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities. However, without meaningful access to affordable health care, the effectiveness of these partnerships is diminished.

  • Advance policies that ensure that all communities have access to affordable, comprehensive, high-quality healthcare that addresses an individual’s physical, behavioral, and other health-related needs.
  • Protect and learn from successful federal programs that are improving the health and well-being of communities.

Promote Economic Security

Cross-sector, community-focused interventions are delivering better health and well-being for individuals and communities, leading to a reduction in preventable chronic conditions and overall healthcare costs. These public-private partnerships rely on the availability of a strong safety-net.

  • Ensure continued access to federal safety-net programs (e.g., the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, etc.) which serve as a lifeline for many families.

Invest in Infrastructure

Because our nation’s future health is reliant on strong investments in our infrastructure today, we must ensure that better health and well-being are driving principles behind these investments.

  • Create a cross-agency process for identifying opportunities to reduce service duplication and reinvest those savings in programs that address the root causes of health inequities (e.g., housing, education, nutrition, transportation, healthcare delivery).

Foster Innovation

Community health is developed through a partnership between individuals, nonprofits, providers, businesses, and government. To be successful, these partnerships must be supported by reliable investment, be inclusive, and allow for local flexibility.

  • Engage with stakeholders to develop and test innovations designed to improve individual and community health while reducing long-term healthcare costs (e.g., the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation).
  • Study the effects of non-healthcare services on health outcomes and federal expenditures (e.g., National Institutes of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention).

Edward Garcia

Committee Chair