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American Healthy Homes Survey (AHHS)

Description

The American Healthy Homes Survey measures the presence of lead, allergens, and insecticides in a random sample of nationally representative residential homes.

Supplier

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Data Years Available

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Periodicity

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Mode

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Selected Content

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Population covered

Residential homes in the U.S.

Methodology

Housing units were selected as a 3-stage cluster sample of residential housing. The first stage was the selection of 100 Primary Sampling Units (PSUs) drawn from PSUs based on the 2000 Census; the second stage consisted of five census block segments in each PSU; the third was the selection of four to six candidate housing units within each segment. Trained field teams administered a survey questionnaire and collected a variety of environmental samples at each participating household. Samples were analyzed for a suite of 24 compounds using standardized laboratory and quality control procedures.

Response rate and sample size

For the 2005-06 survey, a sample of 1,131 homes were selected; environmental samples were collected from a subset of 500 homes.

Interpretation Issues

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References

Stout, DM et al: American Healthy Homes Survey: A National Study of Residential Pesticides Measured from Floor Wipes. Environmental Science and Technology. 43(12): pp 4,294-4,300. 2009.