Mapping accessibility to health-related neighbourhood features in Great Britain

Authors: Konstantinos Daras*, University of Liverpool, Mark A Green, University of Liverpool, Alec Davies, University of Liverpool, Alexander Singleton, University of Liverpool, Benjamin Barr, University of Liverpool
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Population Geography
Keywords: Accessibility, Healthy Geography, Network Analysis, Open Data
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Congressional A, Omni, West
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This paper describes the construction and validation of both a typology of area types as well as an overall index score of how 'healthy' an environment is. We introduce the updated version of the Access to Healthy Assets and Hazards index that seeks to identify the different types of neighbourhoods individuals live in terms of the factors that may be 'health-promoting' or not. In addition, we examine the geography of specific domains of the index (accessibility to retailers, environment quality, accessibility to blue and green spaces and access to health service providers) separately to understand how each domain adds to our understanding of the overall index. Finally, we compare these clustering results against various indicators related to deprivation and health in England, such as the IMD deprivation index, the Limiting Long-Term Illness indicator (LLTI) etc.

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