Root of the Issue

Root of the Issue

Conversations with Health Equity Champions The Root of the Issue shares the personal and professional journeys of nationally recognized health equity advocates and their work to end disparities in access to healthcare and basic needs in America. Our podcast provides inspiration to become involved in our collective quest for health equity and offers common sense solutions to the underlying injustices that prevent all Americans from living a life of health and well-being.

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August 15, 2022 43 min

Michelline Davis, the president and Chief Executive Officer of National Medical Fellowships, Inc. (NMF), leads her organization's mission of creating greater representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in medical professions.  By advocating for greater representation in the practice and leadership of healthcare, Davis is working for equity in employment, and as a result, greater health equity in in underserved comm...

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Katy Crosby, Town Manager of Town of Apex, North Carolina, discusses the dire need for a focus on addressing economic wealth as a core to achieving health equity. 

“I think your access to wealth or your economic condition really does impact your health,” says Crosby. “So I decided to focus on economic justice. And how do you build wealth? Because I felt like that was the foundation of so many of our life conditions, right? The more ...

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Rep. Jim McGovern, a passionate advocate for food equity, joins Root Cause Coalition president Barbara Petee, for an exclusive interview detailing the goals of the upcoming White House Summit on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

"One of things that I think will be helpful is the fact that the White House is going to elevate the voices of those with lived experiences," says McGovern. "I think one of the problems we have had ...

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Emily Allen, the Interim President and Senior Vice-President, Programs, AARP Foundation, discusses their work ending systemic barriers by “focusing on populations that have historically been marginalized or experienced systemic racism and discrimination.”

In addition to relying on strong data sets to guide their work, AARP Foundation also relies heavily on real-time human interaction with the people they are serving to ensure their ...

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Melissa Fox is the Chief Operating Officer for Acenda Integrated Health. Acenda is an integrated health care organization dedicated to world-class prevention, treatment and wellness services. Their care is compassionately delivered to ensure that every individual, family and community achieves their greatest potential.

Fox’s dedication to serving communities who are typically denied adequate levels of care and services stems from he...

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Randy Oostra, the CEO of ProMedica, a nationally-recognized, mission-driven, not-for-profit health and well-being organization with services in more than 25 states, discusses the need to address the social determinants of health in America. Oostra says “We need to call on health organizations to really begin to look at data and really start to make people aware of biases in healthcare. We know many, many, many people can't affo...

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Lisa Marsh Ryerson, former president of the AARP Foundation, discusses how the health of older Americans is being negatively impacted by social isolation. We know from research that social isolation has very devastating health outcomes,” says Ryerson. “Everyone can take steps to ensure that individuals have a reliable social network and connections to the community resources and supports that help them thrive. [This] has been some ...

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June 9, 2022 4 min

Barb Petee, the president of The Root Cause Coalition, previews the organization's new podcast highlighting conversations with health equity leaders across the country to provide common sense solutions to the underlying injustices that prevent all Americans from living a life of health and well-being.

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