Recent Events

At The Root Cause Coalition, we strive to provide our Members, and the broader healthcare community, with access to information and opportunities to engage with like-minded organizations in our collective efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities that we serve. Below are a few of our recent events – including access to presentations and other useful documents. Stay informed about our most recent events and the latest research by joining our mailing list.

  • The Root Cause Coalition 2017 Webinar Series- August

    August 03, 2017

    Join experts from the Institute on Aging, University of California San Fransisco, and Bay Area Community Services in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s 2017 Webinar Series. #TRCCWebSeries

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    Time: 1pm- 2pm EST
    Date: August 3rd, 2017
    Speakers: Jamie Almanza, MBA, Executive Director, Bay Area Community Services; Dustin Harper, MBA, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Institute on Aging; and Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of California San Francisco

    Webinar Topic
    In this webinar, panelists will discuss how their organization has incorporated housing interventions to address housing insecurity in the communities they serve.Specifically, panelists will talk about their personal experiences, including challenges and lessons learned, as well as provide details about their successes and plans for future program growth.

    Speaker Bios
    Jamie Almanza, MBA is the Executive Director at Bay Area Community Services. Jamie brings extensive knowledge of specialty health care and social services, regulatory activities, and strategic leadership. She holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in non-profit management from Mills College where she was the recipient of a prestigious scholarship and mentorship from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, strengthening women leadership globally. Jamie possesses a contagious enthusiasm for public policy development, business strategy design and execution, and an overall commitment to excellence in the highest quality of services for communities. Jamie is a graduate of the inaugural Linkage Lab cohort from The SCAN Foundation where she studied the convergence of non-profit business administration with the healthcare sector to leverage formalized partnerships through the Affordable Care Act.
    Dustin Harper, MBA is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Institute on Aging.For the past ten years, Dustin has managed a variety of long-term care programs serving low income seniors and people with disabilities. This included the management of a large PACE program as well as executive oversight of numerous care management service lines targeting individuals at risk of unnecessary institutionalization. Dustin has worked in a variety of capacities in the private sector, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and in the non-profit setting. Most recently, Dustin was the lead executive in the design and implementation of a nursing home transition and diversion program, in which he secured a contract with a county Health Plan resulting in significant cost savings. Dustin has a BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

    Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco.Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH has been working for the San Francisco Department of Public Health caring for people living with homelessness since 1991. During his time with DPH, Dr. Bamberger coordinated all medical and behavioral health services at the health department’s supportive housing programs which grew from one building in 1999 to 43 buildings today serving over 1750 tenants. In 2006, he helped establish the Housing and Urban Health Clinic the first integrated health clinic designed to serve people in supportive housing. From August 2012 to January 2013, he was a Special Advisor to the Executive Director of the United States Interagency on Homelessness, the Federal government’s homeless policy agency. Presently, he is the lead local evaluator in San Francisco for the Social Innovation Fund supported randomized trial of housing targeting homeless high users of the healthcare system. He also is an attending physician at the Downtown VA health clinic. In addition, Dr. Bamberger is the Chief Medical Consultant for Mercy Housing assisting with policy to bridge the gap between housing and healthcare. Dr. Bamberger is the 2015 recipient of the Beverlee Myers Excellence in Public Health Leadership Award given annually by the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Bamberger is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and the Center for Excellence in Primary Care.

     

     

  • The Root Cause Coalition 2017 Webinar Series- May

    May 23, 2017

    Join experts from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School as they discuss HIPAA compliance in community partnerships in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s 2017 Webinar Series. #TRCCWebSeries

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    Time: 1pm- 2pm EST
    Date: May 23rd, 2017
    Speakers: Sarah Downer, JD, Clinical Instructor, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and Katie Garfield, JD, MPhil, Staff Attorney, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School

  • Mountain Plains Regional Summit: Diagnosis Hunger

    May 18, 2017

    Download the slides here! 

    Please mark your calendar to attend a regional summit on addressing hunger as a health issue and other social determinants on May 18th, 2017 in Denver, CO - presented by The Root Cause Coalition and The Alliance to End Hunger in partnership with The Colorado Prevention Alliance and Project Angel Heart.

    There are clear associations between food insecurity and poor health status among children, adults and seniors, and our goal is to ensure this topic is better understood and made a priority across the healthcare industry. While the human toll from hunger remains incalculable, one estimate puts related healthcare costs nationwide at a staggering $130.5 billion per year.

    This summit will feature perspectives from an array of experts, including a keynote speaker from the United States Department of Agriculture and Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation. Leaders from local and national healthcare organizations, faith-based groups, the education community, service organizations, and nongovernment organizations will gather to lift up current best practices and policies being used in the promotion of food security and improved food systems. Additionally, the event will offer community connections and resources; align efforts to improve access to healthy, affordable foods; and advocate for food insecure individuals and families in the region and across the nation.

    For questions, please contact Monique Brigham, Manager of Operations at The Root Cause Coalition at 202-266-2615 or at mbrigham@rootcausecoalition.org

  • The Root Cause Coalition 2017 Webinar Series- March

    March 21, 2017

    Register for the 3rd installment of The Root Cause Coalition's 2017 Webinar Series! Join David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, as he discusses the role of medically tailored home-delivered meals in holistic, patient-centered models of care; partnerships with local health care payers, and the research projects Community Servings has developed to prove the impact of this model. #TRCCWebSeries

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    Date: Tuesday, March 21st
    Time: 1pm- 2pm EST
    Speaker: David Waters, CEO, Community Servings
    Topic: Medically Tailored Meal Partnerships

  • The Root Cause Coalition 2017 Webinar Series- February

    February 23, 2017

    Social isolation and loneliness, especially among seniors, can have a significant impact on an individual's health. By creating and cultivating social support networks, we can improve the health and quality of life for older adults. Join The Root Cause Coalition for the 2nd installment of our 2017 Webinar Series as we discuss the effects of isolation and loneliness on seniors, and the actions we can take to address these social determinants of health. #TRCCWebSeries

    Speakers: E.A Casey, Program Manager, AARP Foundation Isolation Impact Area, Karen Keown, Director of Clinical Program, Healthcare Transformation, UnitedHealth Group Alliances, and Shirley Musich, Senior Research Director, Advanced Analytics Group, Optum

    Click here to view the slide deck.

  • The Root Cause Coalition 2017 Webinar Series- January

    January 30, 2017

    Advocacy Webinar- January 2017 #TRCCWebSeries!

    With a new Administration and a new Congress, we expect to see big policy changes around healthcare and federal assistance programs. For our first webinar in the 2017 series, join the Root Cause Coalition as we talk about what is ahead and how we can come together to make the most impact.

    • Date: January 30, 2017
    • Time: 1pm-2pm EST
    • Speakers: Rachelle Wenger, Director of Public Policy and Community Advocacy, Dignity Health and Advocacy Subcommittee Chair, The Root Cause Coalition and Jason Gromley, Vice President of Operations, The Root Cause Coalition
    • Focus: 2017 Advocacy Priorities

    Click here to view the slide deck.

     

  • The Root Cause Coalition’s First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health

    December 05, 2016 - December 06, 2016

    The Root Cause Coalition's First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health 



    What:
     The Root Cause Coalition's First Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
    When: December 5-6, 2016 (a limited number of discounted pre-registration tickets are available)
    Where: The Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL
    Who: Healthcare leaders, clinicians, community groups, faith-based organizations, and anyone interested in engaging with thought leaders on dynamic approaches to addressing the social determinants of health.


    There are clear associations between social determinants - like a lack of safe and affordable housing, food insecurity, quality education, transportation, economic opportunity, and isolation - and poor health status among children, adults, and seniors. The core goal of this first summit - and of The Root Cause Coalition more broadly - is to more fully engage the healthcare industry in the discussion of social determinants of health, and ultimately, in the development and implementation of data-driven, community-centered solutions to prevent long-term chronic health conditions in the populations that we serve.

    Our robust two-day agenda will bring together representatives from healthcare, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, the non-profit sector, and government programs to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and engage in the crucial discussion of addressing the social determinants of health.

  • Western Regional Summit “Diagnosis: Hunger” in partnership with The Alliance to End Hunger

    September 14, 2016

    The Root Cause Coalition thanks our partners The Alliance to End Hunger and Loma Linda University Health, all of our speakers, and those who joined us at West Coast Diagnosis: Hunger summit on September 14, 2016 in Loma Linda, CA.

    There are clear associations between food insecurity and poor health status among children, adults and seniors, and our goal is to ensure this topic is better understood and made a priority across the healthcare industry. While the human toll from hunger remains incalculable, one estimate puts related healthcare costs nationwide at a staggering $130.5 billion per year.

    Representatives from healthcare organizations, faith-based groups, the education community, and government institutes gathered to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and advocate for food insecure individuals and families in the region and across the nation.

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    For questions, please contact Monique Brigham, The Root Cause Coalition at 202-266-2615 or at mbrigham@rootcausecoalition.org

  • Webinar: “Collaboration Is Key: Addressing Hunger as a Health Issue” – In partnership with the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

    April 20, 2016

    On April 20, our Executive Director and Director of Operations, Barb Petee and Jason Gromley, joined with representatives from the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to present a webinar entitled, “Collaboration Is Key: Addressing Hunger as a Health Issue.” In the hour long session, presenters addressed the need for collaborative approaches to hunger in communities across the country, programs available to those most in need and operational solutions being implemented in the clinical setting—from screening for food insecurity to food pharmacies—to address the most basic nutritional needs of patients.

    Download the presentation slides.

  • Northeast Regional Hunger Summit in partnership with The Alliance to End Hunger

    April 04, 2016

    Nearly 150 individuals representing healthcare organizations, faith-based groups, the education community, and government institutes met in New York City on April 4 to discuss hunger as a health issue. Keynote speakers Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-2); Administrator Audrey Rowe, USDA; and Ken Anderson, DO, MS, CPE, American Hospital Association; Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President of AARP Foundation, and Randy Oostra, President and CEO, ProMedica, joined others to share best practices, connect with other leaders and advocate for food insecure individuals and families in the region and across the nation.

    View the agenda and download the presentations from our speakers.

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  • Executive Director Barbara Petee Gives Testimony On Healthy Food Incentives To House Agriculture Subcommittee On Nutrition

    February 03, 2016

    On Feb. 3, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing to review incentive programs aimed at increasing low-income families’ purchasing power for fruits and vegetables. Members heard from a variety of witnesses, including Executive Director of The Root Cause Coalition Barbara Petee, on how incentive programs are increasing the consumption of healthier foods, along with the challenges and opportunities for these programs moving forward. Barbara’s testimony focused on the importance of framing hunger as a public health issue and urged the committee to address this growing problem. You can read Barbara’s full written testimony here and view the entire hearing below.