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

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.