Recent Events

At the Root Cause Coalition, we strive to provide our members and the broader healthcare community with opportunities to engage with like-minded organizations in our collective effort to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Below are a few of our recent events, as well as links to presentations and other relevant documents. Stay informed about our most recent events and latest research by joining our mailing list.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WEBINAR – How To: Use Data for Community Engagement and Improving Well-Being

    December 01, 2019

    This presentation featuring speakers from the National League of Cities, NYU City Health Dashboard, and the City of Rancho Cucamonga will discuss the ways in which decisions in multiple sectors affect health and collaborative methods for incorporating health considerations into public policy. Local data helps cities fully understand issues where impact can be made. The City Health Dashboard provides city and neighborhood metrics of health and its drivers so local stakeholders have a clearer picture of their biggest challenges and are better positioned to drive change. Rancho Cucamonga, an NLC City of Opportunity, has done just that using the Dashboard among other tools. All three partners will share real-world applications of how data can drive collaborations and community engagement, providing lessons learned for practitioners interested in utilizing data to drive their own partnerships for health and equity, especially as Census 2020 approaches.

    To address a gap in city-level indicators of health and health determinants, the City Health Dashboard was created to provide data at the city and neighborhood level. The real power of the data is in how cities can use it to get a comprehensive view of local issues, and identify potential patterns that might not otherwise emerge. The city of Rancho Cucamonga and NLC have developed ways of building community and uniting unlikely allies to advance health and equity. Having granular cross-sector data helps this process, supporting cities as they identify vulnerable populations and work with stakeholders to create solutions. View a recording of the webinar here.

    Speakers: Laura McDaniel, Program Manager, Health & Wellness, National League of Cities; Hope Velarde, Management Analyst, City of Rancho Cucamonga; Becky Ofrane, Manager of Engagement and Partnerships, NYU City Health Dashboard

    Please click here to download a copy of the slidedeck.

  • WEBINAR How To: Understand that Determinants Don’t Have to Be Destiny: A Trauma-Informed Understanding of the Social Determinants of Health

    October 01, 2019

    This presentation with Alive and Well Communities focuses on the intersection of the social determinants of health and trauma-informed care.

    The social determinants of health movement has been critical in building understanding that the health and well-being of communities depends on far more things than just the healthcare that takes place within a doctor’s office. For too long, however, these social determinants have been thought of as just that-ultimate determinants of a patient’s life and health outcomes. Understanding these determinants through the lens of trauma, however, helps us understand that these determinants ARE changeable. Through the power of trauma-informed approaches, and through the courage to interrupt the cycles of community trauma harming patients, change is possible.

    Too often, the social determinants of health are looked at as the final predictors of health outcomes for a patient or community. With an understanding of trauma, however, we can better understand the mechanism of harm of these “determinants”, and more importantly find hope for how to move forward in changing them. This session takes the position that these social determinants are inevitable if we do not understand how healthcare organizations have the power to change health outcomes for individuals and communities. When we name the systemic forces that underlie social determinants, we can finally begin the journey to create change and foster healthy communities. View a recording of the webinar here.

    Speakers: Ave Stokes, Director of Kansas City Operations, Alive & Well Communities; Sean Marz, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Alive & Well Communities; Rosetta Keeton, Director of Patient Access, St. Louis Regional Health Commission

    Click here to download the slidedeck.

  • WEBINAR – How To: Advance Racial Equity and Create Business Value

    August 01, 2019

    This presentation – based on this report authored by FSG in partnership with PolicyLink –  explores the promising efforts of leading health care companies to advance racial equity and improve their business performance. People of color disproportionately experience poor health outcomes. Structural racism is a root cause of this inequity. And it shapes the social determinants of health that many health care organizations, community-based organizations, policymakers, and advocates aim to address through multisector collaboration.

    The report profiles integrated health systems and commercial insurance companies that recognize that place and race matter to promoting health equity. These leading companies are redesigning the ways they provide core services, improving community conditions that affect health, and fostering internal catalysts to drive their work forward. As a result, they are poised to not only enhance their business performance but also deliver on Triple-Aim objectives of better population health, better experience of care, and lower costs. This stands in contrast to many interventions to advance health equity that do not intentionally acknowledge racial equity as a critical success factor. View a recording of the webinar here.

    Speakers: Ryan De Souza, Senior Consultant, FSG; Lakshmi Iyer, Associate Director, FSG.

    Click here to download the slidedeck.

  • WEBINAR – How To: Move Your Organization from Trauma-Aware to Trauma-Informed

    August 01, 2019

    From experts at Alive and Well Communities, this presentation focuses on trauma-informed work. This session will provide a brief introduction to understanding trauma and its impact. While traditionally definitions of trauma have mainly focused on interpersonal experiences, this presentation will challenge traditional perspectives and highlight the importance of including community trauma in our broader understanding. Additionally, participants will explore prevalence data, the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study, and the core principles of trauma-informed care. This session will also lay a foundation for future sessions examining the connection between social determinants of health and trauma, clinical application of trauma-informed care in healthcare settings, and beginning the journey of becoming trauma-informed for healthcare organizations.

    Alive and Well Communities “activates communities to heal” by elevating community wisdom; disrupting systemic oppression; acting with urgency; and leading innovative solutions based on the science of trauma, toxic stress and resiliency. This organizational approach is designed to disrupt persistent disparities and cycles of trauma. Alive and Well supports organizations and systems to move through the stages of change outlined in the Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma-Informed Approaches. The model centers around five key principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment, all within an equity-centered approach. View a recording of the webinar here.

    Speakers: Sean Marz, MA, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Alive and Well Communities; Ave Stokes, MPH, Kansas City Director, Alive and Well Communities.

    Please click here to download the slidedeck.

  • WEBINAR – How To: Leverage Community Investment to Achieve Health Equity

    June 01, 2019

    Hospitals and health systems are recognizing that improving the health of their patients and advancing health equity requires new ways of thinking about their role in the community. Pioneering institutions are harnessing their assets and investing upstream to address the root causes of poor health by financing small businesses, affordable housing, grocery stores, and other environmental drivers of wellness. Drawing on experience with six hospitals in the Center for Community Investment’s Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities initiative, this webinar will help participants apply lessons learned by exploring a simple framework for how hospitals and health systems and their community partners can leverage community investment to address health inequities.

    Investing upstream is still a nascent phenomenon. Hospitals and health systems have an array of assets—financial resources, land, and expertise—that can be harnessed to bolster local community investment systems and improve the social, economic, and environmental conditions that influence health and well-being. Unlocking the assets and expertise of these institutions has the potential to bring new ideas, resources, and capacity to address health inequities more effectively. CCI has developed an innovative framework to help hospitals and health systems and their community partners collaborate and accelerate investment at scale and is working with leading institutions to apply it. View a recording of the webinar here.

    Speakers: Robin Hacke, Executive Director, Center for Community Investment; Alyia Gaskins, MPH, Assistant Director of Networks and Programs/Health, Center for Community Investment.

    Click here to view an informational video about the work of CCI and Capital Absorption Frameworks.

    Click here to download the slidedeck.

  • WEBINAR – How To: Impact Social Determinants of Health through Community-Led Health in All Policies

    May 01, 2019

    HiAP initiatives have been touted to tackle social determinants of health by incorporating health equity into decision-making, systems and policies across multiple sectors. HiAP initiatives have traditionally been championed by government agencies or public health. The Center for Prevention embarked on a different approach to fund eight Minnesota community-based organizations to design, lead and implement a HiAP approach with equity as a goal. These organizations, with deep relationships and leadership within their communities implemented a HiAP campaign and targeted mainstream institutions. Experts will share examples of their work, core strategies and outcomes of this three-year project.

    This unique initiative put Minnesota communities most impacted by health inequities at the center of driving health equity in policy, systems and environmental change. These community-led strategies changed who was at the table and what issues and barriers were addressed and resulted in over 20 policy changes and practices in institutions like the Minneapolis Park System, the City of Duluth, Metro State University and others. Not only has it been transformative for institutions and communities, it has changed how the Center for Prevention funds, how it works in community and has helped to advance health equity within the largest health plan in Minnesota. View a recording of the webinar here.

    Speakers: Sue Letourneau. Project Manager, Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota; Ana Isabel Gabilondo Scholz, Program Evaluator, Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

    To view the videos that were presented alongside this webinar, please see the following links: Community-led Health in All Policies: About the InitiativeCommunity-led Health in All PoliciesVoices for Racial Justice: Worthington Racial Equity Cohort.

    Click here to download the slidedeck.

  • WEBINAR – On Campus Food Pantries: Why and How

    April 01, 2019

    Featuring experts from Community Health Fund, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Los Medanos College, and La Piana Consulting sharing their process of designing and implementing an on-campus food pantry.

    Learn how four organizations worked together to launch on-campus food pantries to address the food security needs of college students in California’s Contra Costa County at Los Medanos College and California State University East Bay. Concord worked with the nonprofit Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to establish food distribution programs. With support from the Community Health Fund in Contra Costa, these colleges not only launched their programs, but then expanded in every way: increasing program effectiveness through shared learning and materials development, adding three additional colleges to the collaboration, developing novel education and distribution components, and enhancing efforts around learning and evaluation.  This panel features the perspectives of the diverse partners on what it took to launch this effort, lessons learned to date, how it impacts student health and success, and plans for next steps. View a recording of the webinar here.

    Speakers: Lillian Roselin, Executive Director, Community Health Fund;  Caitlin Sly, Program Director, the Food Bank of Contra Cost and Solano;  John Nguyen, Student Life Coordinator, Los Medanos College; and Lester Olmstead-Rose, Partner, La Piana Consulting

    Click here to download the slidedeck.

  • WEBINAR – How To: Put Your CHNA Into Action by Making Upstream Investments in Health Equity

    March 01, 2019

    Addressing social determinants of health as a strategy for improving population health has become a has become a critical focus for healthcare systems and hospitals across the country. However, research has shown, including large-scale national surveys, that while hospitals and health systems are talking more about and understand the value of the social determinants of health, they are struggling to address the social needs of their patients and communities.

    To help address that problem for hospitals and healthcare systems, National Health Foundation conducts a community engagement and health perceptions study to a unique community report that concretely defines neighborhood-level limitations to living a healthy life and identifies and makes recommendations where opportunities exist for the hospitals to make strategic investments. NHF’s initial partner in this effort is Keck Medicine of USC, whose hospitals are in unique communities as demonstrated by their CHNAs and thus required a method that engaged residents from each community and painted complete and accurate pictures of the neighborhood-level root causes of poor health. Paired with CHNAs, these reports will be used to develop or support better community benefit efforts to address the social determinants of health. View a recording of the webinar here.

    Speakers: Kelly Bruno, President & CEO, National Health Foundation;  Chad Monk, Program Manager, National Health Foundation;  Paul Craig, Chief Administrative Officer, Keck Medicine of USC; and Deborah Weirick, MNM, Special Projects Manager, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

    Click here to download the slidedeck.

  • WEBINAR – How To Webinar: Collaborative Leadership and Flexibility to Address the Needs of Older Adults

    January 01, 2019

    This webinar will introduce the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to the audience through an introduction and overview of our various programs and services, the value of partnerships and coalitions, and the ways in which NCOA demonstrates pathways to collaborative leadership while remaining flexible to change.  Lastly, the webinar will highlight strategies to increase networks when trying to connect with hard-to-reach populations and empowering local communities to help older adults. View a recording of the webinar here. 

    Speakers: Lura Barber, Director, Hunger Initiatives; Leslie Fried, Senior Director, Center for Benefits Access; and Vivian Nava-Schellinger, Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and External Affairs, NCOA

    Click here to download the slidedeck.  

  • WEBINAR – How To: Utilize Funding Mechanisms to Address Housing as a Health Issue

    November 01, 2018

    The panel discussed different funding mechanisms for recuperative care (aka medical respite), that provides care for individuals experiencing homelessness that are discharged from the hospital with nowhere to recuperate. View a recording of the webinar here.

    This medical/social partnership moves people forward on their path to housing; actually housing about 25-30% during the average 10-day length of stay. National Health Foundation has engaged in a variety of funding relationships to pay for this work: county contracts, fee-for-service contracts with hospitals, a shared-cost model based on predicted usage, and contracts with a hospital system and health plans to lease beds. Each model has it’s pros and cons and lessons-learned. Listen in to see why payors are stepping up to pay for this, which model might work for your organization, and how you might expand your streams of income to help get people into permanent housing.

    Speakers: Kelly Bruno, MSW, President & CEO of National Health Foundation; Kim Hurley, MSW, LCSW, CAS, Director of Population Health Social Services, Enterprise, St. Mary Medical Center, Dignity Health System; David Kagan, MD, MBA, MPH, Medical Director, LA Care Health Plan

    Click here to view the slide deck.

  • National Summit on the Social Determinants of Heath

    October 08, 2018 - October 09, 2018

    The Root Cause Coalition is proud to host the Third Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health on October 8-9 in New Orleans. Our robust two-day agenda will bring together representatives from healthcare, the non-profit sector, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, government leaders, educators and businesses to share best practices, connect with local communities and engage in a crucial discussion of how to best address the social determinants of health. Register today.

  • WEBINAR – How To: Truly Engage Your Community; and What it Means for Your Organization

    August 01, 2018

    Join experts from Bridging Health and Community, USA, Collaborative Consulting, and Jefferson Healthcare in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s How To Webinar Series #TRCCWebSeries

    Since early 2013, Bridging Health & Community (BH&C) has sought to understand what it means to work from a community’s understanding of its health. We’ve been doing this in the belief that a solely bio-medical understanding of communities fails to appreciate lived experience. When communities are asked what health means to them, they often list what we call ‘social determinants’. But rather than apply our labels to their words, we’ve looked for, and learnt from, practitioners willing to ‘create health’ on a community’s terms, not ours. In so doing, we’ve learnt 12 Principles to community engagement, the importance of ‘agency’ to health (the ability to make purposeful choices) and the myriad ways that health care needs to evolve to work with, not at, communities. In this webinar, we’ll share the 12 Principles, hear from Jefferson Healthcare in Washington State on how they have used them in their social isolation strategy, and also from Lori Peterson of Collaborative Consulting on how through their work since 2010 they’ve learnt that the absence of ‘community’ from cross-sector work inhibits long-term success.

    View a recording of the webinar here. Download the slide deck here.

  • How To: Implement and Sustain a Transition of Care Program

    July 11, 2018

    Join experts from Shade Tree Clinic, a free clinic run by Vanderbilt medical students serving high-risk and uninsured patients in the metro Nashville area, as they share successful transitions process from identification to follow-up, historical and contemporary barriers to implementation, and cross-disciplinary partnerships they have formed to address their patients’ multifaceted challenges.

  • How To: Engage Community Development as a Partner for Health Equity Webinar

    May 31, 2018

    Join experts as they discuss the use of community development to address the social determinants of health in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s HowTo: Webinar Series. Through this webinar, the Build Healthy Places Network will provide an overview of the community development sector, a multi-billion-dollar sector that serves as an action arm for addressing social determinants of health through the development and financing of affordable housing, grocery stores, community centers, health clinics, and services in low- and moderate-income communities. The overview will focus on the sector’s alignment with the health equity goals of public health, shared measurement strategies, and emerging opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. #TRCCHowToWebSeries


  • How To: Start a Summer Meals Program at Your Hospital Webinar

    April 11, 2018

    Join experts from No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, Medical University of South Carolina, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services as they share about summer meals programs in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition's How To: Webinar Series. Register Here

    Time: 1pm- 2pm EST
    Date: April 11th, 2018
    Topic: How To: Start a Summer Meals Program at Your Hospital
    Speakers: Derrick Lambert, Senior Manager, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices; Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN, Sodexo Wellness Dietitian at Medical University of South Carolina; Leigh Caswell, Director of the Center for Community Health at Presbyterian Healthcare Services; and Trish Moore, Project Coordinator, Presbyterian Healthcare Services


  • Second Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health

    October 09, 2017 - October 10, 2017

    The Coalition's second National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health brought together representatives from healthcare, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, the non-profit sector, and government programs to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and engage in the crucial discussion of addressing the social determinants of health. The summit took place in Louisville, KY.

  • The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: August 2017

    August 03, 2017

    Experts from the Institute on Aging, University of California San Francisco, and Bay Area Community Services joined us to discuss how their organizations have incorporated housing interventions to address housing insecurity in the communities they serve. Specifically, panelists describe their personal experiences, including challenges and lessons learned, and provide details about their successes and plans for future program growth. Watch the webinar recording here.

  • The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: May 2017

    May 23, 2017

    Experts from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School joined us to discuss Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance in community partnerships. Watch the webinar recording here.

  • Mountain Plains Regional Summit, “Diagnosis: Hunger”

    May 18, 2017

    This regional summit on addressing hunger as a health issue and other social determinants occurred on May 18th, 2017 in Denver, CO. Presented by The Root Cause Coalition and The Alliance to End Hunger, in partnership with The Colorado Prevention Alliance and Project Angel Heart. Download Lisa Marsh-Ryerson's keynote presentation here.

  • The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: April 2017

    April 20, 2017

    Executive Director Barbara Petee and Director of Operations Jason Gromley joined representatives from the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to present a webinar entitled, “Collaboration Is Key: Addressing Hunger as a Health Issue.” In the hour-long session, presenters addressed the need for collaborative approaches to hunger in communities across the country, programs available to those most in need and operational solutions being implemented in the clinical setting—from screening for food insecurity to food pharmacies—to address the most basic nutritional needs of patients. Watch the webinar recording here.

  • The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: March 2017

    March 21, 2017

    For the third installment of the Root Cause Coalition's Webinar Series, David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, joined us to discuss the role of medically tailored home-delivered meals in holistic, patient-centered models of care. He also describes his organization's partnerships with local healthcare payers, and the research projects Community Servings has developed to prove the impact of this model. Watch the webinar recording here.

  • The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: February 2017

    February 23, 2017

    Social isolation and loneliness, especially among seniors, can have a significant impact on an individual's health. By creating and cultivating social support networks, we can improve the health and quality of life for older adults. The second installment of the Root Cause Coalition's webinar offered expert commentary on the effects of isolation and loneliness on seniors, and the actions we can take to address these social determinants of health. Watch the webinar recording here.

  • The Root Cause Coalition Webinar Series: January 2017

    January 30, 2017

    With a new Administration and a new Congress, we expect to see big policy changes around healthcare and federal assistance programs. For our first webinar of 2017 series, representatives of the Root Cause Coalition discussed what lies ahead and how we can come together to make the most impact. Watch the webinar recording here.

  • First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health

    December 05, 2016 - December 06, 2016

    The Coalition's first National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health brought together representatives from healthcare, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, the non-profit sector, and government programs to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and engage in the crucial discussion of addressing the social determinants of health. The summit took place in Chicago, IL.

  • Western Regional Summit, “Diagnosis: Hunger”

    September 14, 2016

    The Root Cause Coalition joined partners The Alliance to End Hunger and Loma Linda University Health at the Western Regional Summit, "Diagnosis: Hunger" on September 14, 2016 in Loma Linda, CA. Representatives from healthcare organizations, faith-based groups, the education community, and government institutes gathered to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and advocate for food insecure individuals and families in the region and across the nation.

  • Northeast Regional Summit, “Diagnosis: Hunger”

    April 04, 2016

    Nearly 150 individuals representing healthcare organizations, faith-based groups, the education community, and government entities met in New York City on April 4th, 2016, to discuss hunger as a health issue. Speakers at the event included Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-2); Administrator Audrey Rowe, USDA; and Ken Anderson, DO, MS, CPE, American Hospital Association; Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President of AARP Foundation, and Randy Oostra, President and CEO, ProMedica, joined others to share best practices, connect with leaders and advocate on behalf of food-insecure individuals and families in the region and across the nation. View the agenda and download the presentations given by our speakers.

  • Executive Director Barbara Petee Delivers Testimony on Healthy Food Incentives to House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition

    February 03, 2016

    On February 3rd, 2016, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing to review incentive programs aimed at increasing low-income families’ purchasing power for fruits and vegetables. Members heard from a variety of witnesses, including Barbara Petee, Executive Director of the Root Cause Coalition.  Barbara's testimony focused on how incentive programs are increasing the consumption of healthier foods, as well as the challenges and opportunities these programs will face in the future. She urged lawmakers to think about hunger as a public health issue as they seek to address this growing problem. You can read her full written testimony here, and watch a recording of the hearing below.