David Adler, DrPH, MPA, is a senior program officer working ensure that the nation’s health and health care systems meet the needs of the people they serve. In particular, Adler’s work focuses on ensuring consumers are represented in all levels of health system transformation and exploring ways to use Medicaid as a lever for building a Culture of Health.
Adler joined the Foundation in 2008 and brought extensive experience working with community-based agencies and individuals to help advance public health initiatives. He started his work at the Foundation with the Childhood Obesity Team as a communications associate and joined the Coverage team in 2010, initially as a communications officer and later as a program officer.
Before coming to the Foundation, Adler directed communications for The Food Trust in Philadelphia, where he helped to produce compelling research reports that promoted increased access to healthy food in all communities. Adler’s early career included teaching adult literacy at Philadelphia’s Lutheran Settlement House and working in a pre-kindergarten program in Bilbao, Spain. He also served as a program coordinator of an initiative that allowed health care workers to advance in nursing careers as part of a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Adler received a BA from Swarthmore College, an MSt in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford, an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a DrPH in Health Leadership from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Adler lives in Lawrenceville, N.J., with his husband, a senior administrator at Princeton University.