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The basic philosophy of The Root Cause Coalition is that hunger is a fundamental, multifaceted health and wellness issue with ripple effects that go beyond hunger itself.

For example, you wouldn’t automatically assume that hunger would be linked to higher rates of obesity. But lack of balanced, nutritious foods at affordable prices can lead to exactly that. Or, think about the woman who’s hungry and doesn’t get properly screened for breast cancer simply because it’s not a priority for her. Food isn’t just food. Food is medicine. And the lack of food, or lack of the right foods, can cascade into a host of other issues, both physical and mental.

“Becoming True Care Integrators to Improve Population Health,” the foundational white paper penned by ProMedica CEO Randy Oostra, explores the issue of hunger in ways that go beyond the conventional and posits novel solutions that extend well beyond simply providing more food to those in need. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to read this white paper, as it provides context and insight into what The Root Cause Coalition is all about.

Our research and data repository provides a listing of relevant studies and information from a variety of sources, so that everyone can learn and benefit.

An initial research study on promising strategies and tools for nontraditional partner engagement including the healthcare community is entitled Tackling Hunger to Improve Health in Americans. This study is commissioned by The Root Cause Coalition with the CDC Foundation, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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