Every person in Northern Virginia should have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. The Healthy Places Index (HPI) is a powerful new tool, developed by the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, to assist you in exploring local factors that predict life expectancy and comparing community conditions across the region. The HPI scores range from 0-100, where higher scores reflect areas with more resources for health and longer life expectancies.
Learn about the Healthy Places Index
Measuring Opportunity, an NVHF-commissioned issue brief, explores the data and factors behind the Healthy Places Index. The brief shows that life expectancy in Northern Virginia varies by as much as 19 years, and that over 75 percent of that variation is attributable to factors related to housing, transportation, education, economic characteristics, and other household resources.
Learn how the HPI data helps local leaders better target resources to priority neighborhoods and address the factors that most contribute to the health and well-being of their residents. And be sure to use try out the HPI indicator on our interactive map.
Explore the HPI data for your jurisdiction:
- Alexandria (PDF)
- Arlington County (PDF)
- Fairfax County (PDF)
- Loudoun County (PDF)
- Prince William County (PDF)
Learn how to use the HPI in your sector:
- Education (PDF)
- Business (PDF)
- Housing & Transportation (PDF)
- Community Advocates (PDF)
- Local Government (PDF)
- Explore what the HPI tells us about race, ethnicity and health in Northern Virginia.