Our Mission

Reverse and end the systemic root causes of health inequities for individuals and communities through cross-sector partnerships.

What is health equity?

Health equity is health justice. Everyone deserves a fair and equal opportunity to live a long, healthy life. In America, the single most important factor in our overall health is our zip code. The decisive impact of the environments in which we live, work, learn and grow represents both an opportunity and a challenge for the health care community. The Root Cause Coalition believes that where we live should have no bearing on our eligibility to be healthy. We will achieve health equity only when we resolve the root causes of avoidable, chronic health conditions.

About us

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Established in 2015, the Root Cause Coalition is a non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of more than 75 leading health systems, hospital associations, foundations, businesses, national and community nonprofits, health insurers, academic institutions and policy centers. The Coalition works to achieve health equity through cross-sector collaboration in advocacy, education and research. In support of this mission, the Coalition seeks to uphold its four core values: Focusing on Community Change, Advancing Authentic Collaboration, Scaling Innovative Solutions, and Engaging and Learning from Communities.

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Inaugural Partners


    Latest News

  • The Root Cause Coalition Weekly Bulletin: Monday, February 10, 2020

    February 11, 2020

    TRCC News and Upcoming Events  Webinar: How To Design a CBO Capacity-Building Initiative to Meet Demand for Social Services Join The Root Cause Coalition, Collaborative Consulting, and the Marin Community Foundation Feb 24, 2020 from 1-2 p.m. EST for this presentation on how to develop capacity building initiatives to meet growing need for social service programs. ThisRead More > >

  • 2020 Status of Health Equity: Financial Security is a Social Determinant of Health

    February 10, 2020

    To be financially healthy can mean paying your bills on time, having a savings account and managing debt — steps an individual could take that may arguably impact wellness and peace of mind. But achieving equitable financial health, a state where all individuals have a fair and just opportunity to be financially comfortable, is aRead More > >

  • The Root Cause Coalition Weekly Bulletin: Monday, February 3, 2020

    February 03, 2020

      2020 Summit RFP Now Open  The request for proposals to present at The Root Cause Coalition’s 5th Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health, scheduled for October 4-6, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri, is now open. We invite you to submit a proposal to serve as a featured speaker, lead a breakout sessionRead More > >

    Upcoming Events

  • 2020 National Summit Request for Proposals

    February 24, 2020

    Interested in presenting at The Root Cause Coalition's National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health? Submit an RFP today.  All proposals are due by 11:59pm EST on February 24, 2020.  For more information on the National Summit,  scheduled for October 4-6,  2020 in Kansas City, MO, click here.

    Click here to begin the proposal process.

  • 2020 Status of Health Equity Release

    February 26, 2020

    The Root Cause Coalition will hold a formal release and discussion of the report on February 26th from 8-10:30 a.m. at the National Press Club’s Holeman Room at 529 14th St., NW. Washington D.C., 20045. The Coalition’s board of trustees and Members will review the report’s findings and discuss next steps in creating a more equitable society. Register for the event here.