Turning great ideas into healthier communities


Build Healthy Places Network

The Build Healthy Places Network catalyzes and supports collaboration across the health and community development sectors, together working to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.

We achieve our mission by: Connecting leaders, practitioners, investors, and policymakers across sectors through in-person and virtual convenings; managing a clearinghouse that gathers, synthesizes and summarizes research, best practices and models that demonstrate what works at the intersection; and providing capacity-building tools and resources that highlight the health-related value of community development work and encouraging measurement of health-related impact.

Program Director(s)

Douglas Jutte

Program Site

Build Healthy Places Network


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.

Here's How We're Making a Difference

Creating New Online Tools to Bolster Collaboration with Community Development

In 2015, PHI's Build Healthy Places Network rolled out MeasureUp, an online microsite of resources and tools to help measure and demonstrate the health value of community development and the impact of neighborhoods on health. It provides examples, tools, and resources to help build healthier places, without having to become an economist.

Explore MeasureUp.


Fostering Connections Between Community Development and Public Health

How can Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) work with local residents and health practitioners to advance health equity?

The Joining Forces Planning Grant is helping to answer that question by bringing together community residents, the health and development sectors, local businesses and others to improve health and wellness. Provided through PHI's Build Healthy Places Network and funded by the Kresge Foundation, the project supports partnerships between BUILD Health Challenge grantees and regional and national CDFIs. Working closely with the grantees, the Build Healthy Places Network helped to facilitate and foster of actionable partnerships between BUILD grantees and CDFIs and promote effective cross-sector collaborations to improve communities. “I have learned so much more about community development financial institutions (CDFI), the community development space, financing, and governance structure in the last few months from having these conversations. It has been incredibly informative," said one grant participant.

Learn more about the BUILD Joining Forces Grantees:

  • In Springfield, MA, health and CDFI partners are working to bring in a new grocery store to improve food access and economic opportunity.
  • An Albuquerque-based Federally Qualified Health Center is partnering with CDFIs to achieve its health equity goals. Here's how.
  • Lessons learned from Harris County, TX: See three ways that joining forces with CDFIs can help to advance nutrition equity.