The Root Cause Coalition Weekly Bulletin: Monday, February 3, 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 session or present a poster that focuses on how your organization addresses health inequities and social determinants. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your expertise with others working on social determinants of health and issues of health equity.

If you are interested, please click here to view the proposal questions in PDF form and click here to begin the process and officially submit your proposal by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 24th, 2020. Also if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-266-2610.

Webinar: How Your Organization Can Be More Trauma Informed
This presentation by The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities took place Feb. 6, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST. It covered how to implement research about trauma into your organization by translating evidence-based trauma and resilience research into practice. View a recording of the webinar here and the slidedeck here.

2020 Status of Health Equity Report 
The Coalition invites you to join us for the formal release of The Root Cause Coalition 2020 Status of Health Equity Report on February 26th from 8-10:30 a.m. at the National Press Club’s Holeman lounge located at 529 14TH St. NW. Washington D.C., 20045.

The Coalition’s 2020 Status of Health Equity Report captures the progress – as well as gaps – in addressing health disparities and socioeconomic factors influencing individual and community health and well-being, and builds a compelling case on how, collectively, we must thoughtfully and intentionally disrupt the current delivery model to focus on socioeconomic factors that contribute to health equity.

By addressing socioeconomic factors such as affordable housing, access to affordable and nutritious food, transportation, isolation and economic instability, the report demonstrates how health and well-being can be significantly improved, and healthcare expenditures significantly reduced. Included in the report is a bold Call to Action for all leaders – from government and across all sectors – to redefine how we improve our nation’s health care delivery model through prioritizing the social determinants of health.

Please join us on the 26th as the Coalition’s leadership, Board of Trustees and members review the report’s findings and discuss next steps in creating an equitable society. The solution to creating a healthier society does not rest on the shoulders of one sector, but requires each of us –  from business, social services, health care, government, education and more, to work collaboratively.

Please RSVP by clicking here.

Social Determinants in the News

TRCC Coalition Partner Says Social Determinants are not a “Trend”
Citing a Forbes article that stated, “When it comes to social determinants of health, expect more talk than action,” TRCC Partner RWJBarnabas Health detailed how its organization considers SDoH in operations to ensure they are maintained as an organizational priority.

RISE Association to Release Survey Results on SDOH at National Conference
Results of a social determinants of health survey, which will detail successful partnerships between health plans and social service organizations, will be revealed at RISE’s National Summit on Social Determinants of Health in Nashville, Tenn. on March 15-17.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Release New Data Highlights on SDoH
ICD-10 SDOH Z Codes Utilization among Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Beneficiaries in 2017 is a new data highlight that gives insight into reporting of SDoH using data from ICD- 10 Z codes, which identify individuals with potential health risks. The codes provide an opportunity to standardize SDoH in medical billing and provide additional information on Medicare beneficiares.

sdoh advocacy update

Current updates on state and federal SDoH Advocacy
New Arkansas Caucus addresses SDoH for Children Under Age 5
The Arkansas Early Childhood Well-Being Caucus was formed by a bipartisan group in Arkansas’s Legislature to address nurturing environments and social determinant of health outcomes to inform lawmakers on the health of more than 190,000 children in Arkansas under 5 years of age.

S.3220 – Ensuring Access to Direct Support Professionals Act
This legislation, introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman [R-OH] and Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] on Jan. 21, would allow Medicaid to cover the cost of Direct Support Professionals, who play a key role in assisting older adults and those with disabilities. The bill was introduced in late January and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Public Charge Ruling
The Supreme Court ruled last week to allow the Department of Homeland Security to enforce a rule that significantly expands the government’s ability to refuse green cards or visas for legal immigrants determined to be a “public charge,” or dependent on public assistance, such as Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

USDA Proposes New Nutrition Rule
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule that would rollback crucial aspects of the current school meal nutrition standards and significantly undo the progress made under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The proposed rule will reduce the quality of foods offered to students and will reverse the steps taken to address the obesity epidemic as well as negate the required nutritional intake of low-income students to ensure their health and success.

Randy Oostra of TRCC Founding Partner, ProMedica, Calls for National Commission to Achieve Healthcare Reform
Randy Oostra, CEO of Ohio health system ProMedica, is urging the creation of a congressionally mandated national commission to reform the U.S. health care system.

The Root Cause Coalition Member spotlight

No Kid Hungry’s Rural Child Hunger Summit” – Coalition Partner Share Our Strength, a non profit devoted to ending child hunger, will hold its second Rural Child Hunger Summit Mar. 31- April 1, 2020 in Columbus, OH. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore hunger disparities, identify new practices among nutrition assistance programs and participate in peer learning. Join a thriving community of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners as they leverage research, policy and innovative practices in combating childhood hunger.