Rick Brush

Rick BrushRick Brush, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Rick Brush is CEO of HICCup (www.hiccup.co), a nonprofit startup founded by angel investor Esther Dyson. HICCup is sponsor of the Way to Wellville, a five-year health challenge to dramatically improve population health outcomes in five U.S. communities: Clatsop County, OR; Lake County, CA; Greater Muskegon, MI; Niagara Falls, NY; and Spartanburg, SC. In 2015, HICCup launched the Wellville Accelerator (www.wellvilleaccelerator.org), a unique platform that brings together leading solution providers with the Wellville communities to fast-track scalable solutions that address the multiple clinical, social and contextual determinants of health. Rick is also founder and CEO of Collective Health (www.collectivehealth.net), which developed the Health Impact Bond®, a pay-for-success (PFS) model that leverages future health care cost savings to generate upfront investment in prevention. The company is evaluating the ROI of multiple community-based health interventions as the basis for potential PFS transactions, including in-home asthma management in Fresno, San Diego, and Dallas; community paramedicine in South Carolina; and a clinical-community strategy to address serious mental illness in partnership with a major behavioral health plan. Before turning entrepreneur, Rick was chief strategy and marketing officer for the national employer segment at Cigna, the fourth-largest U.S. health insurer. While at Cigna, Rick co-founded the company’s Communities of Health venture, which worked with multi-stakeholder coalitions around the country to address community factors driving high rates of illness. Rick has held executive roles at Ford Motor Credit Company, Bank One and KPMG, and has worked extensively with businesses, communities and nonprofits to drive cross-sector partnerships and collective impact. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and lives near Hartford, CT, with his wife and two children. @WayToWellville @HICCup_co @CollectiveHlth

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