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Mission Statement

Root Causes is an incubator for students interested in innovative social drivers of health interventions through service, advocacy, education and research. We organized around creating clinic-community partnerships to reduce barriers impacting access to healthy foods, housing, and environments, as well as providing support for voter registration and safe exercise participation. 

Serve in the Durham community within programs that strive for social justice and better health outcomes

Advocate through policy initiatives in Durham community and working with the Duke community on campus-wide changes




Educate medical students on the broader health systems, policy, and how to better approach patients about social determinants of health and health-related social needs

Through these efforts, we strive to understand and improve the health of our community. 

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