Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund Invests in the Building Blocks of Healthy Communities

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HNEF is based on a socially responsible investment (SRI) model that considers the community, environmental, and health benefits of a potential project as well as the financial risks and returns.

HNEF's Health Impact Metrics

mETROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COuncil

mETROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COuncil

HNEF's approach to measuring the community, environmental, and health impacts of a potential project has been shaped in part by our work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, with whom we jointly conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for three sample projects in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Neighborhoods Matter
for Health

Life Expectancy by Census Tract, Boston, 2003-2007

Source: Social Capital and Health Outcomes Technical Report, Center on Human Needs, Virginia Commonwealth University, September 2012. 

Source: Social Capital and Health Outcomes Technical Report, Center on Human Needs, Virginia Commonwealth University, September 2012. 

  • Health outcomes—including life expectancy—vary sharply by neighborhood.
  • Between 2003 and 2007, life expectancy varied by as much as 33 years between certain census tracts in Boston.
     
  • The census tract with the lowest life expectancy (in Roxbury, 58.9 years) is shorter than the life expectancy of Cambodia, Gambia, and Iraq.