ULI Health Leaders Network

The ULI Health Leaders Network is empowering real estate and land use professionals with the skills, knowledge, and networks to improve health outcomes in their professional practice and communities.

Participants gain valuable skills and connections that will help them advance their careers, as well as practical knowledge about the intersection between health and the built environment.

Applications for Cohort 3 will open in early Fall. To get on the notification list, please email health@uli.org.

Meet the ULI Health Leaders: Cohort 2
Meet the ULI Health Leaders: Cohort 1

Program Details

The ULI Health Leaders Network facilitates creative collaborations within the fields of public health, planning and design, and development, and empowers participants with actionable knowledge on development and design strategies that improve health.

The program will begin with two cohorts, each running for one year and including approximately 30 participants each. The first cohort runs from October 2017 through June 2018. The second cohort will begin in October 2018.

Participants in the Health Leaders Network are expected to attend two in-person forums, which will focus on leadership development and network building. The introductory forum will be held in conjunction with ULI’s Fall Meeting in Boston (October 8-11, 2018) and the closing forum will be held in May 2019 at ULI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

Health Leaders will also participate in five interactive webinars exploring topics related to health and land use and interact with others in their cohort through small group assignments and peer reviews of individual assignments.

ULI is grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and ULI Trustee Randall Lewis for their support of this program.

Info Sheet

Program Benefits and Goals:

1- Learn: Cultivate leadership skills to advance careers as well as learn about best practices, research, and actionable approaches to advance public health with built environment strategies.

2- Network: Be part of a robust cross-sector network of real estate and land use professionals with knowledge about connections between real estate, planning, and health.

3- Make a Difference: By advancing a culture of health in real estate and land use decision making, improve health and wellness for all people.

Candidate Criteria

  • Education: Undergraduate or higher degree.
  • Work Experience and Background: ULI Health Leaders will be a diverse group of emerging and established leaders, from a range of career stages and disciplines, including real estate development, public leadership, urban planning and design, infrastructure, finance and public health. Applicants should have at least five to seven years of professional experience.
  • Commitment: Participants must commit to attend 4 out of the 5 monthly webinars, and to attend the two in-person forums (see below Timeline and Key Dates). If accepted to this prestigious and competitive program, you are pledging in good faith to be fully engaged and involved. Please be sure that you have approval from your organization or supervisor to participate in this program.
  • Interest in Health: Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to improving health through their professional work.

Both ULI members and non-members are eligible to participate as Health Leaders. Non-ULI members will be expected to become Associate members for the duration of the program.

It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

Timeline and Key Dates

This program will run in two cohorts, from July 2017 to July 2018 and from July 2018 to July 2019. Each cohort will have approximately 30 members each.


May 4, 2018Health Leader Network applications open
July 13, 2018Applications due
August 2018Health Leaders Cohort 2 participants notified of selection
September 2018Program Orientation Calls with small groups of Health Leaders


Introductory Forum:

Early October 2018Cohort 2 Intro Forum at ULI’s Fall Meeting (Boston)

Webinars (2:30-4pm ET, dates tentative, topics subject to modification based on cohort interest):

November 14, 2018The Healthy Places Opportunity
January 16, 2019Cross-Sector Partnerships for Health
February 13, 2019Community Design and Health
March 13, 2019Building Design and Health
April 10, 2019Tools for Health Inclusion and Certification

Closing Forum:

May 2019 (TBD)Cohort 2 Closing Forum (Washington, DC)

Learn More

The Building Healthy Places Initiative will host an information session about the Health Leaders Network at ULI’s Spring Meeting in Detroit from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Please be in touch at health@uli.org with any questions or comments.