Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH

Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH is Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places Network, a national organization that catalyzes and supports collaboration across the sectors of community development and health with the goal of increasing investment in low-income neighborhoods, maximizing the health benefits of these investments, and improving outcomes measurement.

Dr. Jutte sits on the Board of Trustees for Mercy Housing, a national non-profit affordable housing developer, and the Board of Directors for Mercy Loan Fund, a national CDFI. He is a member of the Enterprise Community Partners health advisory committee and the Dignity Health community economic initiatives Board subcommittee. He has also been a leader in the Federal Reserve Bank and RWJ Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative, which has convened over 35 cross-sector gatherings throughout the country since 2010.

Prior to founding the Network, Dr. Jutte worked as a pediatrician for nearly 20 years in low-income community clinics and as a neonatal hospitalist. He is an associate professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health where he teaches in the Joint Medical Program. His research focuses on the impact of the social determinants of health on children’s wellbeing and the policies and financial tools that can intervene to protect the health of vulnerable families and communities. He has published in a number of prominent scientific journals including Pediatrics, Epidemiology, the American Journal of Public Health and Health Affairs.

Dr. Jutte received his BA from Cornell University, MD from Harvard Medical School, and MPH from UC Berkeley. He trained in pediatrics at Stanford University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in population health at UCSF through the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program.

Capacity Building and Strategic Direction for Purpose Built Communities

Through partnership development and conference planning, the Build Healthy Places Network is supporting the national team at Purpose Built Communities to strategically create relationships with healthcare organizations around the country.

Development of the "Healthcare Playbook for Community Developers”

The Build Healthy Places Network created a "Healthcare Playbook" for Purpose Built Communities to help the organization make the case to hospitals about the value of partnership.

Enterprise Community Partners FFS

The Build Healthy Places Network will collaborate with Enterprise Community Partners to on developing materials and templates that will build the capacity of all markets in this work with a particular focus on projects in the Los Angeles and Denver markets.

Health Messaging Integration Technical Assistance - UNITY Council

Working closely with The Unity Council's CEO, Chris Iglesias, the Build Healthy Places Network team will strengthen and refine the organization's messaging around health to help the organization articulate the health value of their work to hospitals, health funders, and other potential investors.

Healthy Communities Literature and Case Study Scan

Funded by The Colorado Health Foundation, this healthy communities literature and case study scan is to understand how municipalities, nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations are working to make communities healthier places for their residents.

Multisector Leaders for Health

Build Healthy Places Network will serve as a strategic partner and support the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth Action in the development and implementation of a national Multi-sector Leaders for Health program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Exploring Consensus Across Sectors for Measuring the Social Determinants of Health (2019)

The importance of social determinants of health (SDOH)—such as affordable housing, stable employment, consistent&nbs...

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From Outcomes to Impact: An Exploratory Model for Estimating the Health Returns of Comprehensive Community Development (2019)

The potential health returns from community development investments are vast. This research estimates a nearly 300% rate of return from one such co...

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Measurement Across Sectors: Common Indicators for the Social Determinants of Health (2019)

In this academic article published in Social Science and Medicine – Population Health, PHI's Build Healthy Places Network explores w...

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Healthy Communities Initiative Tool (2017)

Created by PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, the Healthy Communities Initiative Tool is a new centralized source that catalogues the cross-se...

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Summarizing the Landscape of Healthy Communities: A Review of Demonstration Programs Working Towards Health Equity (2016)

Produced by a collaboration between PHI's Build Healthy Places Network and the Colorado Health Foundation, this report explores existing effort...

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Capacity Building & Training

With diverse public health programs spanning the globe, PHI understands how strong leadership and organizational management can enhance the success...

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Coalition & Network Building

Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can ...

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Community Development

Many of the social determinants that shape health also are tied to poverty, such as employment, education, housing, and the built environment. The ...

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Population Health

Access to high-quality, affordable health care is critical. Yet health is also heavily determined by factors outside the doctor’s office, fro...

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Public Policy Advocacy

With experience across a range of policy areas and issues, combined with our strong record working side-by-side with business, government, and comm...

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Public-Private Partnerships

The Public Health Institute is committed addressing emerging global and national public health issues, and tackling the most significant public hea...

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Social Determinants of Health

Malnutrition, food insecurity and hunger often go hand-in-hand with obesity and chronic disease. Many vulnerable families live in neighborhoods tha...

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