At the Root Cause Coalition, we strive to provide our members and the broader healthcare community with opportunities to engage with like-minded organizations in our collective effort to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Below are a few of our recent events, as well as links to presentations and other relevant documents. Stay informed about our most recent events and latest research by joining our mailing list.
How To: Start a Summer Meals Program at Your Hospital Webinar
April 11, 2018
Join experts from No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, Medical University of South Carolina, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services as they share about summer meals programs in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition's How To: Webinar Series. Register Here
Time: 1pm- 2pm EST
Date: April 11th, 2018
Topic: How To: Start a Summer Meals Program at Your Hospital
Speakers: Derrick Lambert, Senior Manager, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices; Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN, Sodexo Wellness Dietitian at Medical University of South Carolina; Leigh Caswell, Director of the Center for Community Health at Presbyterian Healthcare Services; and Trish Moore, Project Coordinator, Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Second Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
October 09, 2017 - October 10, 2017
The Coalition's second National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health brought 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. The summit took place in Louisville, KY.
The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: August 2017
August 03, 2017
Experts from the Institute on Aging, University of California San Francisco, and Bay Area Community Services joined us to discuss how their organizations have incorporated housing interventions to address housing insecurity in the communities they serve. Specifically, panelists describe their personal experiences, including challenges and lessons learned, and provide details about their successes and plans for future program growth. Watch the webinar recording here.
The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: May 2017
May 23, 2017
Experts from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School joined us to discuss Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance in community partnerships. Watch the webinar recording here.
Mountain Plains Regional Summit, “Diagnosis: Hunger”
May 18, 2017
This regional summit on addressing hunger as a health issue and other social determinants occurred 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. Download Lisa Marsh-Ryerson's keynote presentation here.
The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: April 2017
April 20, 2017
Executive Director Barbara Petee and Director of Operations Jason Gromley joined 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. Watch the webinar recording here.
The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: March 2017
March 21, 2017
For the third installment of the Root Cause Coalition's Webinar Series, David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, joined us to discuss the role of medically tailored home-delivered meals in holistic, patient-centered models of care. He also describes his organization's partnerships with local healthcare payers, and the research projects Community Servings has developed to prove the impact of this model. Watch the webinar recording here.
The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: February 2017
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. The second installment of the Root Cause Coalition's webinar offered expert commentary on the effects of isolation and loneliness on seniors, and the actions we can take to address these social determinants of health. Watch the webinar recording here.
The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: January 2017
January 30, 2017
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 of 2017 series, representatives of the Root Cause Coalition discussed what lies ahead and how we can come together to make the most impact. Watch the webinar recording here.
First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
December 05, 2016 - December 06, 2016
The Coalition's first National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health brought 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. The summit took place in Chicago, IL.
Western Regional Summit, “Diagnosis: Hunger”
September 14, 2016
The Root Cause Coalition joined partners The Alliance to End Hunger and Loma Linda University Health at the Western Regional Summit, "Diagnosis: Hunger" on September 14, 2016 in Loma Linda, CA. 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.
Northeast Regional Summit, “Diagnosis: Hunger”
April 04, 2016
Nearly 150 individuals representing healthcare organizations, faith-based groups, the education community, and government entities met in New York City on April 4th, 2016, to discuss hunger as a health issue. Speakers at the event included 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 leaders and advocate on behalf of food-insecure individuals and families in the region and across the nation. View the agenda and download the presentations given by our speakers.
Executive Director Barbara Petee Delivers Testimony on Healthy Food Incentives to House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition
February 03, 2016
On February 3rd, 2016, 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 Barbara Petee, Executive Director of the Root Cause Coalition. Barbara's testimony focused on how incentive programs are increasing the consumption of healthier foods, as well as the challenges and opportunities these programs will face in the future. She urged lawmakers to think about hunger as a public health issue as they seek to address this growing problem. You can read her full written testimony here, and watch a recording of the hearing below.