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What We Do

Co-founded by AARP Foundation and ProMedica in 2015, The Root Cause Coalition is a nonprofit, member-driven organization comprised of more than 70 leading health systems, hospital associations, foundations, businesses, national and community nonprofits, health insurers, academic institutions and policy centers. Our common goal is to achieve health equity for every American.

Collaborating across sectors to achieve health equity.

The Root Cause Coalition brings together diverse organizations committed to achieving health equity through collaborative partnerships, community-based solutions, public policy changes and shared research.

Connected by our common goals in advocacy, education and research, members serve their communities to realize improved health outcomes. TRCC is member-led and works collectively, sharing best practices and creating innovative partnerships to improve public health.

In 2020, TRCC released the Status of Health Equity Report which included the following 8-Point Call to Action to Achieve by 2025.

1.

In payment reform, include methods and processes to ensure payment to care providers and non-clinical community-based organizations for demonstrated value related to addressing health inequity as a result of the social determinants of health. As part of this, develop a reimbursement model from Medicare and Medicaid for services provided by providers and community-based organizations that demonstrates value related to reducing costs, enhancing health outcomes and improving efficiencies while addressing the social determinants of health and health inequities.

2.

Create a standardized integrated health benefit technology platform that connects patients, payors, providers and community organizations to consolidate fragmented programs and services into an integrated network.

3.

Increase by 50% the number of commercial health plans and health systems nationally that embed social determinants of health and health inequities goals into their strategic plans, programs and services.

4.

In all medical and clinical education programs nationwide, create a more robust system of educating and training providers about health equity and the role healthcare providers play in addressing these issues, and how to effectively integrate that role into their current practice. In addition, ensure that cultural competency training is included in the curriculum.

5.

Define a national target for healthcare expenditures (e.g., 15% of the GDP).

6.

Develop a comprehensive plan to address our nation’s deficits in infant mortality, mental health services and substance use disorders.

7.

For healthcare organizations and corporations nationally, encourage the need to change ongoing education among board members, leaders and employees related to racial equity and cultural competency issues within the workplace.

8.

Establish clearer, standardized metrics for measuring health outcomes related to racial disparities and the social determinants of health.