Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund Invests in the Building Blocks of Healthy Communities
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.
Life Expectancy by Census Tract, Boston, 2003-2007
- 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.