Written by Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH on February 19, 2019
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The Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities set the grounding for new partnerships.
Each person I meet and each conference I attend is different. A community developer confronts issues that seem dramatically unlike the challenges a payor at a health insurance company encounters each day. Yet when we start to talk about our values and goals for what we hope to achieve through our work, I’ve noticed something emerges: a shared vision.
It’s a vision that is built on similar principles. We all want to improve the “upstream social determinants of health” – factors such as affordable housing, good paying jobs, and quality education – and we all know that something isn’t working. Something needs to change.
At the Build Healthy Places Network we think the status quo, where each organization focuses on their narrowly defined issue, isn’t working. Through our storytelling and advocacy, we’re lifting up organizations who are collaborating with new partners and improving the health outcomes of communities. We’ve seen how new partnerships between community development organizations and health organizations can make both sides more efficient and effective.
Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH
Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH is Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places Network. Dr. Jutte has been a leader in the Federal Reserve Bank and RWJ Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative. He is also a pediatrician, professor and population health researcher at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health where he teaches in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical program. Dr. Jutte graduated from Cornell University and 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. His clinical work has been in low-income community clinics and as a hospitalist caring for newborn infants.