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Acenda Leadership Joins The Root Cause Coalition to Advance Health Equity

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GLASSBORO, NJ - (February 2, 2021) - Acenda is proud to announce that Dr. Anthony DiFabio, President and CEO, and Melissa Fox, MHA, FACMPE, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer, have joined The Root Cause Coalition (TRCC). TRCC is a nonprofit, member-driven organization that includes more than 70 leading health systems, hospital associations, foundations, businesses, national and community nonprofits, health insurers, academic institutions, local governments, and policy centers.

"Acenda's mission and values clearly align with those of TRCC as we strive to eliminate health inequities in our communities," said Dr. DiFabio. "The lack of focus on, and appropriate care of, the behavioral health of minority groups demonstrates a strong need to close this gap in care. We look forward to collaborating with other organization members as we work towards a common goal."

The collaboration underscores Acenda's commitment to achieving health equity for all. Dr. DiFabio and Fox will work with national leaders to resolve health inequity, advocate for policies that support positive health outcomes, and participate in research projects that will identify best practices for implementation.

Fox added, "Racial and ethnic disparities are prominent in the healthcare sector, with too many individuals left to receive minimal or no services they so desperately need. Acenda is passionate about this cause, and being part of the TRCC will allow the organization the opportunity to be part of a progressive group of fellow professionals focusing on initiatives that will keep our communities healthy and thriving."

Barbara Petee, TRCC Director, noted that, “Acenda is a wonderful addition to TRCC and we are so honored to have them involved in our work to advance health equity. The negative effects of our mental health crisis are on full display during this global pandemic. Organizations such as Acenda provide much needed services, from young children to older adults, all dealing with a multitude of mental health issues that significantly affect our overall well-being.”


About Acenda Integrated Health

Acenda Integrated Health is a nonprofit organization dedicated to industry-leading prevention, treatment and wellness services compassionately delivered to ensure that every individual, family and community achieves their greatest potential. Acenda is at the forefront of community-based services, providing over 100 health and social service programs across 60+ locations throughout a 13-county region in New Jersey. For more information visit

About The Root Cause Coalition

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

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