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 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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  • The Root Cause Coalition Opposes SNAP ABAWD Rule

    December 06, 2019

    WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued its final rulemaking on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (FNS-2018-0004). Once again The Root Cause Coalition opposes this rule that will drastically increase the food insecurity of working individuals and families acrossRead More > >

  • Turning Theory Into Action: Built Environments to Build Community

    November 21, 2019

    After a boy was shot and killed in Washington D.C.’s Meridian Hill/Malcom X Park, local residents in the area were told by police to stay secluded in their homes and avoid the park at all costs. Though this incident was one of hundreds of killings that had occurred in the D.C. area, local resident SteveRead More > >

  • Domestic Violence: A Lifelong Intervention — 2019 National Summit

    November 14, 2019

    On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, meaning more than 10 million Americans are victims of physical assault in just one year. Over 4 million children a year are exposed to some form of physical violence in their homes, and African Americans and Latinos are more likely toRead More > >

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