RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Medicine, Epidemiology, Public Health
Area(s) of Expertise:
Pediatrics, Early Childhood, Birth Outcomes, Health Disparities
Douglas Jutte, M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician and assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health in the Division of Community Health and Human Development. He teaches in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) and is associate director of the Health and Medical Sciences master’s degree program. His research focus is on health resilience and vulnerability in children. He has a specific interest in the biological links through which social-contextual factors contribute to disparities in children’s long-term psychosocial, educational and health outcomes. He has a long-standing collaboration with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy in Winnipeg, Canada and utilizes their unique longitudinal population health database for child health research. In addition, working with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jutte has spearheaded a series of national and regional meetings to bring members of the community development and financial sectors together with leaders in public and population health with a goal of enhancing collaboration to better address upstream determinants of health. Current projects include examinations of developmental changes in SES-health disparities through the length of childhood, the impact of social programs and policy changes on child health disparities, variation in health outcomes for children residing in different forms of urban public housing, and the health and social impact of a community-wide redevelopment on residents of Sunnydale, the largest public housing complex in San Francisco. Jutte graduated from Cornell University, received his MD from Harvard Medical School and MPH from UC Berkeley, and completed his residency training at Stanford before joining the UCSF-Berkeley site of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program. He continues his clinical work as a neonatal hospitalist attending high-risk deliveries and caring for healthy and ill newborns at a local community hospital.