Massachusetts Community Investment Tax Credit Grant Program

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Health Impact Project

Health Resources in Action, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, will conduct a health impact assessment, or HIA, to inform the promulgation of regulations by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development that will guide the release of funding for community development corporations under the Community Investment Tax Credit Grant Program. The HIA will examine the connections between community development activity and public health and is expected to contribute to the development of criteria that the state housing agency can use to screen projects according to their potential impacts on health. It is expected to address, for example, links between the design of community development projects and factors such as indoor air quality, injury risk, and access to safe places to exercise; and the links between the siting of community development projects and access to neighborhood amenities important to health, such as grocery stores and clinics.


This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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