AHAH (the index of ‘Access to Health Assets and Hazards’) Version 1 is a multi-dimensional index developed by the CDRC for Great Britain measuring how ‘healthy’ neighbourhoods are. It combines together indicators under three different domains of accessibility:

  • Retail environment (access to fast food outlets, pubs, off-licences, tobacconists, gambling outlets),
  • Health services (access to GPs, hospitals, pharmacies, dentists, leisure services), and
  • Physical environment (green space and three air pollutants).

Measurement estimates and deciles for the overall index, 3 domains and 14 inputs are produced for Lower Super Output Areas for England and Wales, and Data Zones for Scotland. All the output datasets are publicly available through the CDRC website under the UK Open Government Licence (OGL).

An online map of AHAH domains and the overall index for the whole of Great Britain is available through CDRC interactive web mapping tool. The program code to produce the AHAH index and components is open source and available through the GitHub repository.

An updated version of AHAH (Version 2) has been released on 1 July 2019. The record and data set can be accessed via this link.

Related Publications:

Daras K., Green M. A., Davies A., Barr B., Singleton A. 2019. Open data on health-related neighbourhood features in Great Britain. Scientific data 6 (1), 107. DOI: 10.1038/s41597-019-0114-6.

Daras K., Green M. A., Davies A., Singleton A., Barr B. 2017. Access to Healthy Assets and Hazards (AHAH): Short Technical Report. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11939.66083.

Green, M. A., Daras, K., Davies, A., Barr, B. & Singleton, A. 2018. Developing an openly accessible multi-dimensional small area index of ‘Access to Healthy Assets and Hazards’ for Great Britain, 2016. Health & Place 54, 11–19. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.08.019

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