The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Communities of Excellence 2026 as Newest Member

WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed Communities of Excellence 2026 as its newest member and 13th new addition since January 1st, 2018.

Communities of Excellence 2026 assists communities in implementing the Communities of Excellence Framework that is adapted from a validated systems-improvement framework—Baldrige—that improves the health status, educational attainment and economic vitality of residents in communities.

“The Root Cause Coalition welcomes a pioneering non-profit-sector partner in Communities of Excellence 2026,” said Barbara Petee, Executive Director of The Root Cause Coalition. “This organization has proven its ability to affect meaningful change at the community level through close attentiveness to the wants and needs of all of the residents of those communities—a core value shared by all the members of our Coalition.”

“We believe that our country as a whole is strongest when we work together in our local communities to identify, implement and sustain improvements that work for that community,” said Stephanie Norling, Managing Director, Communities of Excellence 2026. “We are delighted to join The Root Cause Coalition and its impressive network of organizations who share a commitment to systemic change and a cross-sectoral approach to health equity.”

Communities of Excellence 2026 was formed in 2010 by two former health care CEOs whose organizations won the National Baldrige Quality Award under their leadership. In 2013, Communities of Excellence 2026 was incorporated as a non-profit organization. The organization began with two pilot sites: San Diego County’s South Region and the 18 Counties of Northwest Missouri. In 2017, Communities of Excellence 2026 launched its first national learning collaborative of communities. In total, 10 communities participated—ranging from rural communities and rural regions, to suburbs and cities, to large urban regions.

About The Root Cause Coalition

Established in 2015, The Root Cause Coalition is a non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of 54 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. For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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