The Build Healthy Places Network

The Build Healthy Places Network is a national nonprofit working at the intersection of the health and community development sectors, catalyzing collaboration across sectors to help low-income communities become healthier.

Health professionals, community development practitioners, and others have made great strides in their independent efforts to build healthy communities. However, collaboration is not yet the norm. Although combined these sectors spend trillions of dollars to improve lives, still one in five Americans lives in low-income neighborhoods with intractable barriers to health. In fact, for the first time in US history, the country could be raising a generation of children who may live shorter and sicker lives than their parents.

The Network was created in 2014 to encourage collaboration across the health and community development sectors, as well as others, to help low-income communities become healthier. Housed at the Public Health Institute—a non-profit incubator based in Oakland, California—and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Network will serve as a national platform for convening, resources, and research.

The Network will formally launch with a new website in the fall of 2014.

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Meet the Team:

Doug Jutte, Executive Director

Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician, professor and population health researcher at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health where he teaches in the UCB-UCSF Joint Medical program and serves as Associate Director of the master's degree program in Health & Medical Sciences.

His research focuses on the impact of social determinants of health on children's wellbeing over the life course and the policy levers and financial tools that can intervene to protect families and communities, and he has published in a number of scientific journals including Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Epidemiology, Academic Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health and Health Affairs.

Leading to his role as Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places Network, Dr. Jutte was a leader in the Federal Reserve Bank and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's collaborative Healthy Communities Initiative, which aimed to raise consciousness across community development and public health for the great potential of cross-sector work and enhanced health impact.

Dr. Jutte graduated from Cornell University, received an MD from Harvard Medical School and a master's degree in public health from UC Berkeley. He completed his pediatric residency at Stanford University and a post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF through the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program. He continues to work clinically as a neonatal hospitalist caring for healthy and at-risk newborns.

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Colby Dailey, Managing Director

Colby has worked for over a decade spearheading local, national, and global initiatives while cultivating and guiding cross-sector collaborations for collective measurable impact. She currently is the managing director of the Build Healthy Places Network, the national platform connecting field leaders at the intersection of community development and health.

Prior to her current role, Colby has held leadership positions in community development, finance, and philanthropy. Previously, she served as the director of policy and research for Pacific Community Ventures where she led a number of large-scale policy initiative including the Global Learning Exchange, a partnership with the U.K. Cabinet Office and World Economic Forum that brings together policymakers, investors, and practitioners around impact investing best practices. She also served as a program director at Capital Impact Partners where she helped lead a national initiative from planning to successful launch and implementation and as a program officer to a global corporate foundation.

She has co-authored a number of publications related to scaling social innovation, and has presented at conferences around the country and in the United Kingdom on community development and social impact. Colby sits on the Board of the Northern California Community Loan Fund, a CDFI based in San Francisco, and serves as a Sustaining Board Member to the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children in Los Angeles. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College near Chicago. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

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Susan Moon, Program Manager