Interested in Presenting on a Webinar?

The Root Cause Coalition is seeking proposals for the remainder of its 2018 How To: Webinar Series. This series of monthly webinars features experts highlighting a different social determinant and unique cross-sector intervention. We invite you to consider submitting a presentation that addresses the “how” versus the “why”, relative to addressing a broad range of health inequities and social determinants. The Root Cause Coalition is keenly interested in proposals that highlight successful initiatives, how challenges have been identified and overcome to implement and sustain an intervention, best practices, and necessary partnerships needed. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Past Webinars


November 2018 – How To:  Utilize Funding Mechanisms to Address Housing as a Health Issue

The panel discussed different funding mechanisms for recuperative care (aka medical respite), that provides care for individuals experiencing homelessness that are discharged from the hospital with nowhere to recuperate. View a recording of the webinar here.

This medical/social partnership moves people forward on their path to housing; actually housing about 25-30% during the average 10-day length of stay. National Health Foundation has engaged in a variety of funding relationships to pay for this work: county contracts, fee-for-service contracts with hospitals, a shared-cost model based on predicted usage, and contracts with a hospital system and health plans to lease beds. Each model has it’s pros and cons and lessons-learned. Listen in to see why payors are stepping up to pay for this, which model might work for your organization, and how you might expand your streams of income to help get people into permanent housing.

Speakers: Kelly Bruno, MSW, President & CEO of National Health Foundation; Kim Hurley, MSW, LCSW, CAS, Director of Population Health Social Services, Enterprise, St. Mary Medical Center, Dignity Health System; David Kagan, MD, MBA, MPH, Medical Director, LA Care Health Plan

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August 2018 – How To:  Truly Engage Your Community; and What it Means for Your Organization

Join experts from Bridging Health and Community, USA, Collaborative Consulting, and Jefferson Healthcare in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s How To Webinar Series #TRCCWebSeries

Since early 2013, Bridging Health & Community (BH&C) has sought to understand what it means to work from a community’s understanding of its health. We’ve been doing this in the belief that a solely bio-medical understanding of communities fails to appreciate lived experience. When communities are asked what health means to them, they often list what we call ‘social determinants’. But rather than apply our labels to their words, we’ve looked for, and learnt from, practitioners willing to ‘create health’ on a community’s terms, not ours. In so doing, we’ve learnt 12 Principles to community engagement, the importance of ‘agency’ to health (the ability to make purposeful choices) and the myriad ways that health care needs to evolve to work with, not at, communities. In this webinar, we’ll share the 12 Principles, hear from Jefferson Healthcare in Washington State on how they have used them in their social isolation strategy, and also from Lori Peterson of Collaborative Consulting on how through their work since 2010 they’ve learnt that the absence of ‘community’ from cross-sector work inhibits long-term success.

View a recording of the webinar here. Download the slide deck here.


July 2018 – How To:  Implement and Sustain a Transition of Care Program

Join experts from Shade Tree Clinic, a free clinic run by Vanderbilt medical students serving high-risk and uninsured patients in the metro Nashville area, as they share successful transitions process from identification to follow-up, historical and contemporary barriers to implementation, and cross-disciplinary partnerships they have formed to address their patients’ multifaceted challenges. Learning objectives for this webinar include:

– Identify and understand potential barriers preventing high-risk patients from accessing and utilizing health insurance and describe techniques to screen for and address these social barriers.

– Discuss one model for transitioning insured patients to traditional community clinics, from identification to follow-up. Consider both successful strategies as well as identified challenges to successful transitions.

– Outline the interdisciplinary partnerships Shade Tree Clinic has formed to address our patients’ multifaceted challenges, as well as how to manage staffing and volunteer turnover.

View a recording of the webinar here.

June 2018 – How To: Implement Rigorous Evaluation of Social Needs Interventions

Are you struggling with how to evaluate your social needs intervention? Join us for a one-hour How To webinar with two experts who will share their experiences and advice on how to evaluate interventions addressing patients’ social needs as part of clinical care, followed by a Q&A. View a recording of the webinar here.

Speakers: Danielle Cullen, MD, MPH, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and  Seth Berkowitz, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

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May 2018- How To: Engage Community Development as a Partner for Health Equity

Join experts from Build Healthy Places Network as they discuss how to engage community development as a partner in addressing health equity in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s How To: Webinar Series. View a recording of the webinar here. 

Speakers: Douglas Jutte, Executive Director, Build Healthy Places Network and Daniel Lau, MPH, Manager of Strategic Engagement, Build Healthy Places Network

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April 2018- How To: Start a Summer Meals Program at Your Hospital 

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. View a recording of the webinar here.

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

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August 2017: Housing and Health

In this webinar, experts from the Institute on Aging, University of California San Francisco, and Bay Area Community Services discussed how their organizations have incorporated housing interventions to address housing insecurity in the communities they serve. Our panelists described their personal experiences, including challenges nd lessons learned, as well as their successes and plans for future program growth.

Speakers: Jamie Almanza, MBA, Executive Director, Bay Area Community Services; Dustin Harper, MBA, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Institute on Aging; Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

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May 2017: HIPAA Compliance in Community Partnerships

Experts from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and Feeding America joined us to discuss Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance in community partnerships in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s webinar series.

Speakers: Sarah Downer, JD, Clinical Instructor, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School; Katie Garfield, JD, MPhil, Staff Attorney, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School; Michelle Berger Marshall, MS, RD, Managing Director, Community Health & Nutrition, Feeding America

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April 2017: Childhood and Maternal Nutrition Programs 

Experts from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the National WIC Association, and Share Our Strength joined us to discuss maternal and childhood nutrition programs, with specific emphasis on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s webinar series.

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March 2017: Medically Tailored Meal Partnerships

For the third installment of our webinar series, David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, and Bill Pinakiewicz , VP of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, discussed the role of medically tailored, home-delivered meals in holistic, patient-centered models of care. They also discussed their organizations’ partnerships with local healthcare payers, and the research projects Community Servings has developed to prove the impact of this model.

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February 2017: Senior Isolation and Loneliness

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 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.

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

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January 2017: Advocacy

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.

Speakers: Rachelle Wenger, Director of Public Policy and Community Advocacy, Dignity Health, and Advocacy Committee Chair, the Root Cause Coalition; Jason Gromley, Vice President of Operations, the Root Cause Coalition

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