The way we design neighborhoods can help – or hurt – our health. The location of our homes and businesses, the quality of sidewalks and streets, community programs and public safety – all can influence health and quality of life issues from access to healthy food to strong connections with neighbors.
Understanding this, the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC) proposed the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF). The HNEF will invest in developments intended to transform neighborhoods, strengthen population and environmental health, and promote regional equity, while providing investors with financial and social returns.
To help guide the proposed private equity fund, MAPC, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) that examines the potential health impacts of community development, such as transit-oriented development (TOD), that could result from the HNEF. − Kate Ito, MAPC Public Health Division