August 2016 Newsletter

The Root Cause Coalition’s Inaugural Summit is just a few months away, and if the fall progresses as quickly as the summer, December will be upon us in a blink. Don’t let the opportunity to participate in this event slip away! Scheduled for December 5 & 6 in Chicago, with an agenda that brings together experts from across the nation and across disciplines, we’ll gather to discuss, develop and – ultimately – deploy effective solutions that address individuals’ most basic needs that, in turn, have profound impacts on health outcomes. See attached for a complete overview of the Summit as well as registration details.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago and, more broadly, appreciate your continued interest and support of the Coalition. To learn more about our work, other upcoming events and how your organizations can become a member or more involved, visit us at

On behalf of those whose needs too often, and too long, remain in the shadows, thank you for the commitment you make each day to bring dignity, respect – indeed a bright light – forward.


Barbara J. Petee
Executive Director
The Root Cause Coaltion Member Spotlight: Oregon Food Bank

In our work to eliminate hunger in Oregon, we believe we must also address the root causes of hunger through public policy, nutrition and garden education, and public awareness.

We focus on freshness and health
By 2019, we expect to be distributing 15 million pounds of produce each year and working with a large segment of the health care sector to promote food security and good nutrition.

We champion self-reliance
Our nutrition and garden education programs, as well as community food organizing activities, increase self-reliance and improve the health of communities.

We advocate for change
We advocate for public policies and programs that address hunger at its root causes. We urge lawmakers to make food a priority by investing in policies and programs that reduce hunger and build healthy communities. We recognize race and place are central determinants in individual and community health. We commit to combating systems and behavior which undercut food security.
We actively cultivate new strategies for underserved communities and seek to engage people facing hunger in both long-term solutions and day-to-day program delivery.

Upcoming Events

September 14, 2016 – Western Regional Summit “Diagnosis: Hunger” in partnership with The Alliance to End Hunger – Register here.

December 6, 2016 – First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health – Register here.
Research Highlights

Sleep, Cortisol Regulation, and Diet: Possible Implications for the Risk of Alzheimer Disease

The American Society for Nutrition published a study on the links between poor sleep quality and diet impacting the glymphatic system and regulation of amyloid plaques which are linked to dementia. The results of the study show diets high in refined sugars, salt, animal proteins and fats, and low in fruits and vegetables have a higher risk of Alzhimer disease and can contribute to poor sleep quality.

Mexican Children under 2 Years of Age Consume Food Groups High in Energy and Low in Micronutrients

A recent report published by the Journal of Nutrition studied dietary trends among children under two years of age in rural and urban central Mexico. Less than 1/3 of children were breastfed through 6 months of age, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the prevalence of energy-dense foods, such as maize-based meals, has led to a prevalence of malnutrition, obesity, and stunted growth. The results of the study are useful for health professionals to encourage incorporating recommendations to develop and improve nutrition during the critical early development years and establishing healthy habits which carry over into adulthood.

Racial Disparities In Geographic Access To Primary Care In Philadelphia

This study has explored what few others have; access to care in densely populated urban areas, such as Philadelphia, PA, where reliable transportation impacts quality of care for minorities and the socioeconomically disenfranchised. The authors found disparities in transportation and distance to access care which highlights opportunities for greater investment in spatial analyses to primary care.