Rick Brush

Rick Brush is chief executive officer of Wellville, a 10-year initiative founded by angel investor Esther Dyson to improve health and financial outcomes in five US communities. In addition to overseeing the national project, Brush leads the Wellville effort in North Hartford, Connecticut, where he leads a collaborative of residents, organizations, government, and investors focused on achieving better health, well-being, and value of investment. Previously, Brush was a senior consultant at ReThink Health and a coach to innovative regional health partnerships around the United States. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Collective Health, which developed the Health Impact Bond, a pay-for-success financing model. Before turning entrepreneur, Brush spent nearly a decade at the health insurer Cigna, where he was chief strategy and marketing officer for the national employer segment and launched the company’s Communities of Health venture focused on the social determinants of health. Prior to that, Brush was a corporate strategist at Ford Credit, Bank One, and KPMG. Brush graduated from UMass Amherst and lives with his wife and two children in Simsbury, Connecticut.

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