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David Kulick, Co-Founder, Adaptation Health

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Financial security is an important social determinant of health, often overlooked in efforts to integrate social needs and healthcare for effective programs. David Kulick, MPH is a social health professional specializing in the commercialization of healthcare and public health innovation. At the Coalition’s Fourth National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in San Diego, Calif., he will join leaders to present in the Breakout Session, “Financial Wellness: A Foundation for Health.” This session will cover the importance of recognizing financial security as a social health issue, why health insurance plans should focus attention on this determinant and the qualitative perspective on those living with financial insecurity.

David Kulick has extensive experience working with diverse health companies including early startups, private equity, nonprofits & NGOS, bilateral aid agencies, state and federal governments, and large multinational corporations. His current focus is in health systems, what he describes as, “the intersection of really great public health delivery programs and the value that they bring.”

Kulick believes in collaborating for healthcare innovation and creating ecosystems where ideas and development of programs may thrive. He is the co-founder of Adaptation Health, a buyer-side Medicaid incubator focusing on driving Medicaid innovation and improving the commercialization of socially-impactful ventures. Adaptation Health facilitates connections between buyers and entrepreneurs to determine the right products and the right solutions to solve innovative problems at the right time.

His personal motivation for creating the organization comes from the grant cycle, where he says great evidence-based public health programs fizzle out after the research is published and the grant ends. This process, “leads to the termination of what is really valuable programming for vulnerable populations,” Kulick said. With organizations like Adaptation Health, leaders in the health space are connected with resources to better organize and focus their ideas for longevity solutions.

Kulick has direct experience working with individuals to identify specific needs. He was an AmeriCorps volunteer and also served with the Peace Corps. His direct-service experience allowed him the ability to determine creative solutions for solving health problems. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University at Buffalo and MPH degree from Tulane University in Louisiana.