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  • Presenter Spotlight: 2018 National Summit

    August 14, 2018

    Lisa Marsh Ryerson President, AARP Foundation Our Presenter Spotlight Series highlights the dozens of leaders in the movement to build health equity who will present their ideas at the 2018 National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in New Orleans, LA. Register now to reserve your place at the Summit! Lisa Marsh Ryerson isRead More > >

  • Presenter Spotlight: 2018 National Summit

    August 06, 2018

    Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins Our Presenter Spotlight Series highlights the dozens of leaders in the movement to build health equity who will present their ideas at the 2018 National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in New Orleans, LA. Register now to reserve your place at the Summit! Drs. SampsonRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Communities of Excellence 2026 as Newest Member

    August 02, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Communities of Excellence 2026 as its newest member and 13th new addition since January 1st, 2018. Communities of Excellence 2026 assists communities in implementing the Communities of Excellence Framework that is adapted from a validated systems-improvement framework—Baldrige—that improves the health status, educational attainment and economic vitality ofRead More > >

  • Presenter Spotlight: 2018 National Summit

    July 31, 2018

    Dr. Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH Professor of Medicine and Population Health, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Our Presenter Spotlight Series highlights the dozens of leaders in the movement to build health equity who will present their ideas at theRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Mid-Ohio Foodbank as Newest Member

    July 25, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Mid-Ohio Foodbank as its newest member and 12th new addition since January 1st, 2018. Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the largest hunger-relief organization in Ohio, develops and implements innovative strategies and solutions to ending hunger, focusing on “Food is Health” and a client-centered community response as well as income andRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Houston Food Bank as Newest Member

    July 24, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed the Houston Food Bank as its newest member, bringing the Coalition’s total membership to 54 organizations. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste.  In the year following Hurricane Harvey, Houston Food Bank distributed 122 million nutritious meals throughRead More > >

  • Presenter Spotlight: 2018 National Summit

    July 23, 2018

    Dr. Timothy Harlan, MD Associate Dean for Clinical Services, Tulane University School of Medicine Executive Director, Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine This is the first in a series of posts highlighting dozens of leaders in the movement to build health equity who will present their ideas at the 2018 National Summit on the Social DeterminantsRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Credit Adjustments, Inc. as Newest Member

    June 21, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Credit Adjustments, Inc. (CAI) as its newest member, bringing the Coalition’s total membership to 53 organizations. An industry leader specializing in health care and higher education accounts receivable management, CAI follows the motto: Delivering Respect. Collecting Results. One of only 11 small businesses nationally, CAI was awardedRead More > >

  • Member Spotlight: Improving Health Outcomes While Curbing Costs with Medically Tailored Meals

    June 13, 2018

    On May 9th, 2018, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) at Harvard Law School, an inaugural partner of The Root Cause Coalition, hosted the Food is  Medicine Coalition, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, and the House Hunger Caucus’ Food is Medicine Working Group for a panel discussion on improving health outcomes and curbingRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Enterprise Community Partners as Newest Member

    June 05, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) as its newest member, bringing the Coalition’s total membership to 52 organizations. Enterprise is a powerful and proven nonprofit that makes well-designed homes affordable and creates communities where people thrive, with connections to resources like health care, schools, jobs and transportation. To date,Read More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Center for Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center as Newest Member

    June 04, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed the Center for Population Health (CPH) at Cheshire Medical Center as its newest member, bringing the Coalition’s total membership to 51 organizations. Located in Keene, New Hampshire, Cheshire Medical Center is a nonprofit community medical center and member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system. Cheshire Medical Center providesRead More > >

  • National Summit Update: Third Day Added to Agenda

    May 14, 2018

    The Root Cause Coalition announced the addition of a third day to the Third Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health. Due to the overwhelming interest from potential speakers, educators and researchers, the summit will now officially begin at 12:00 noon CST on Sunday, October 7th (pre-conference registration opens at 11:00 a.m.). TheRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Opposes House Version of 2018 Farm Bill

    May 08, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition opposes the current House version of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, popularly known as the “Farm Bill.” The bill contains several provisions that, taken together, would eliminate a nutritional lifeline for millions of Americans who would be removed from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). TheRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Celebrates Addition of Fiftieth New Member

    May 07, 2018

    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-sectorRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Aetna as Newest Member

    April 23, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Aetna as its newest member since January 1, 2018, bringing the Coalition’s total membership to 50 organizations. Founded in 1853 in Hartford, CT, Aetna is committed to building a healthier world by helping people achieve their health ambitions and helping to address barriers that affect the healthRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Issues Public Comment on Proposed Expansion of SNAP Work Requirements

    April 09, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition issued a letter of public comment on the Food and Nutrition Services’ (FNS) Advanced Notice on proposed rule-making regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements and Services for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (FNS-2018-0004). The letter urges FNS Administrator Brandon Lipps to consider the positive effects of the SupplementalRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes New Partner Fairview Health Services

    April 02, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Fairview Health Services as the Coalition’s newest partner and sixth new member since January 1, 2018. Fairview Health Services is an award-winning, nonprofit integrated health care system based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1906, Fairview provides exceptional health care to patients and communities as one of theRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition and Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Form Partnership to Link Healthcare and Human Services Sectors

    March 28, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities today announced that both organizations will become formal members of the other’s network. Through this effort, the two organizations will build on their mutual missions and demonstrate effective ways – in both practice and policy – to improve health outcomesRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes New Partner Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

    March 10, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation as the Coalition’s newest partner and fourth new member since January 1st, 2018.   The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation supports pediatric research, education, community benefit programs and other initiatives that improve the health of children in Michigan. “The Root CauseRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Issues Public Comment on Changes to Medicare Advantage

    March 06, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition issued a letter of public comment on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year 2019 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2019 draft Call Letter. The letter applauds a proposed change thatRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Applauds Release of Report on Food Insecurity Coding in Healthcare

    February 21, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition applauds the release of a new report from the Hunger Vital Sign Community of Practice on food insecurity coding in healthcare. The report, entitled, An Overview of Food Insecurity Coding in Health Care Settings: Existing and Emerging Opportunities, reviews existing and emerging opportunities to document food insecurity screening,Read More > >

  • Root Cause Coalition Releases Details on Second Annual Summit

    June 06, 2017

    Becker’s Hospital Review,  June 5, 2017, Brian Zimmerman

  • Coalition Targets Root Causes of Health Disparities

    February 16, 2017

    MiraMed Blog, February 15, 2017, Neda Ryan

  • What Makes a Healthy Life? A wrap-up of the First National Summit on Social Determinants of Health

    February 09, 2017

    Hospitals and Health Networks, February 9, 2017, Laurie Larson

  • ‘No One Should Go Hungry’: How the Root Cause Coalition is Working to Change Healthcare’s Priorities

    December 21, 2016

    Becker’s Hospital Review, December 19, 2016, Brian Zimmerman

  • AHA CEO Rick Pollack: How to Redefine the Hospital for the Future

    December 19, 2016

    Becker’s Hospital Review, December 16, 2016, Emily Rappleye

  • Surgeon General: Entire Community Needs to Tackle Social Factors of Health

    December 15, 2016

    Modern Healthcare, December 6, 2016, Steven Ross Johnson

  • Urban League CEO Morial: Social, Economic Equity are ‘Inextricably Linked’ to Health

    December 15, 2016

    Hospitals and Health Networks, December 14, 2016, Laurie Larson

  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health: 3 Considerations from US Surgeon General

    December 15, 2016

    Becker’s Hospital Review, December 08, 2016, Tamara Rosin

  • 4 Essential Considerations When Addressing Social Determinants of Health

    December 15, 2016

    Becker’s Hospital Review, December 07, 2016, Tamara Rosin

  • Surgeon General Pledges Support to Root Cause Coalition

    December 09, 2016

    Hospitals and Health Networks December 9, 2016, Laurie Larson

  • AHA President: Hospitals Anchor the Changing World of Health Care

    December 09, 2016

    Hospitals and Health Networks December 8, 2016, Laurie Larson

  • Digging Into the Roots of Health Disparities

    December 09, 2016

    Hospitals and Health Networks December 7, 2016, Laurie Larson  

  • Fall 2016 E-Newsletter

    November 11, 2016

    It’s been a full year since The Root Cause Coalition was established, and in the last 12 months we’ve made incredible strides in advancing our mission to address the social determinants of health and more broadly engage the healthcare industry in helping individuals meet their most basic needs. Hunger, housing, transportation, isolation, education, and soRead More > >

  • September 2016 Newsletter

    September 30, 2016

    As we feel the snap of autumn in the air, we know that the sting of winter is not far behind. The change of seasons brings to mind the challenges so many in our communities will face as they struggle to heat their homes as days grow cold, keep lights on as daylight fades andRead More > >

  • August 2016 Newsletter

    September 06, 2016

    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 togetherRead More > >

  • July 2016 Newsletter

    July 27, 2016

    In the last speech of his life, John Gardner, former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare for the Johnson Administration wrote: “I keep running into highly capable people all over this country who literally never give a thought to the well-being of their community. And I keep wondering, who gave them permission to standRead More > >

  • June 2016 Newsletter

    June 29, 2016

    With summer in full swing, I know that most aren’t thinking about December. But at The Root Cause Coalition, December – actually December 5th & 6th to be exact – marks the date of our Inaugural Summit on the Social Determinants of Health at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. With an agenda rich withRead More > >

  • MAY 2016 Newsletter

    May 31, 2016

    As we begin the summer months it is my hope that this message finds you well and able to enjoy time in the coming days and weeks to relax, and spend time with friends and family. We all need a break, and even long weekends or a quiet afternoon can provide the recharge necessary. ButRead More > >

  • April 2016 Newsletter

    April 28, 2016

    In keeping with the Root Cause Coalition’s mission to address social determinants of health through research, education and advocacy, I am pleased to annouce that we are planning a National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in Chicago, Illinois, December 5 and 6, 2016. We’ve heard from our members and industry colleagues that theyRead More > >

  • March 2016 Newsletter

    March 23, 2016

    In the five months since its establishment, the Root Cause Coalition has made tremendous progress in bringing the healthcare industry into discussions and action as to how we, as a nation, can best address the social determinants of health.   Since October of 2015, The Coalition has experienced steady growth in membership and is already widelyRead More > >

  • February 2016 Newsletter

    February 06, 2016

    If not us, who? If not now, when? These words have echoed through the ages and have been applied to issues ranging from working to achieve world peace, to establishing national policy and countless others between. Individuals and businesses alike use the words to personally and collectively inspire, motivate and achieve goals and better outcomes.Read More > >

  • January 2016 Newsletter

    January 16, 2016

    At The Root Cause Coalition, we’re committed to bringing awareness to the issue of hunger and food insecurity and how hunger is a health issue that we can eliminate. While the human toll from hunger remains incalculable. One estimate puts related healthcare costs nationwide at a staggering $130.5 billion this year. As an organization thatRead More > >

  • December 2015 Newsletter

    December 06, 2015

    I hope this message finds you well and that you’re able to pace yourself through this busy season that brings demands on both personal and professional time. It has certainly been a busy two months since The Root Cause Coalition launched in mid-October; but we are extremely grateful for the wide and sincere interest fromRead More > >

  • November 2015 Newsletter

    November 06, 2015

    Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to The Root Cause Coalition’s first monthly e-newsletter! As a colleague who shares a mutual interest and passion about addressing the most basic needs of all individuals, I am happy to announce the recent establishment of The Root Cause Coalition; an organization whose focus is to address hunger as a healthRead More > >