WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition recently celebrated the addition of its 50th new member, punctuating two-and-a-half years of remarkable growth for the nonprofit, member-driven organization. The Coalition’s rapid expansion speaks to the urgency of its mission: to reverse and end the systemic root causes of health inequities for individuals and communities through cross-sector partnerships.
Founded in October 2015, the Coalition began as a collection of 17 inaugural partners, led by founding partners ProMedica and the AARP Foundation. In the intervening two years and five months, the Coalition welcomed 33 new members. Its membership is comprised of a diverse range of organizations, including health systems, hospital associations, foundations, businesses, national and community nonprofits, health insurers, academic institutions and policy centers. A full list of member organizations can be found here.
“Given this milestone, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on the astonishing successes of the Coalition and the commitment by each of its members to meet our mission,” stated Barbara Petee, Executive Director. “Collectively, through our work and partnerships, we’re signaling that attentiveness to the social determinants of health is essential for the health of all communities, sectors and individuals.”
With three core areas of focus: advocacy, education and research, the Coalition regularly lends the collective expertise of its membership to crucial questions of public policy. In recent months, the Coalition issued formal public comment on proposed changes to Medicare Advantage, a proposed expansion of the work requirement for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the House version of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.
The Coalition hosts a webinar series that brings together expert panelists to discuss a wide range of subjects related to health equity and the social determinants of health. At its annual National Summit, the Coalition provides a platform to dozens of presenters through its plenary sessions, panels, and poster sessions. This year’s summit will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans on October 7-9. Confirmed speakers at this year’s summit include Dr. Timothy Harlan, Executive Director of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, and Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Professor of Internal Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School. The summit will also feature an appearance by Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins – a trio popularly referred to as “The Three Doctors,” – widely known for their bestselling books, motivational speaking, philanthropy and community health expertise. For more information about the summit, visit the registration page.
“Health inequity is one of the great moral issues of our time, and the Coalition is committed to resolving its underlying causes,” added Randy Oostra, Chairman of the Coalition’s board of trustees. “With the combined resources and expertise of 50 venerable organizations, we’re eager to continue to champion issues and address inequities that affect all individuals’ health and well-being.”