Newswise — TOLEDO, Ohio, August 22, 2016 – The Root Cause Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing hunger and other social issues that impact health, will host a National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health Dec. 5 – 6 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Ill. The event will bring together thought leaders from across the nation to share dynamic data-driven, community-centered solutions to better address basic needs that, in turn, help prevent the exacerbation of chronic health conditions among the nation’s most vulnerable populations.

“There are clear and documented associations between social determinants and the poor health status of children, adults and seniors,” said Barbara Petee, Executive Director, The Root Cause Coalition. “Our aim is to harness the leadership power of health care and community organizations to create sustainable change in the areas of nutrition and food security, housing, education, transportation and isolation.”

The summit will include the following speakers:• Rick Pollack, President and CEO, American Hospital Association• Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League• Donald Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO, Reinvestment Fund • Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation• Randy Oostra, President and CEO, ProMedica

Additionally, there will be breakout sessions focusing on best practices in addressing social determinants, led by representatives from leading organizations, including the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School, Feeding America, Ascension Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Loma Linda University Health, OSF HealthCare, Humana, Advocate Health, St. Joseph Mercy Health System and UPMC Advantage.

The registration deadline is Sun., Nov. 13. Information is available at

The Root Cause Coalition is a nonprofit organization founded by ProMedica, a nonprofit healthcare system, and AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, to engage health professionals from all disciplines and provider models, public health organizations, government officials, the nutrition and food industry, and other organizations, for the purpose of developing and implementing sustainable solutions to improve our nation’s health and well-being. Its name, The Root Cause Coalition, demonstrates the deeply interconnected links between reducing hunger across the nation and improving individual and community health. The Mission of The Root Cause Coalition is to address the social determinants of health, with specific emphasis on hunger as a public health issue, to improve the health status of individuals and communities. For more information, visit

Founding PartnersAARP Foundation ProMedica

MembersAmerican Hospital AssociationAscension HealthBlue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Health Law and Policy InnovationCommunity ServingsConnecticut Mental Health Center Feeding America Humana Loma Linda University HealthLucas County CareNet Michigan Health and Hospital AssociationOSF HealthcareParamountUniversity Hospitals