Social network analysis is a thriving field yielding important insights in public health. Most applications of this method have focused on networks of individuals. For example, identifying sexual networks can be used to develop comprehensive strategies to prevent HIV transmission.
Many health problems require that the clients’ health needs are met by a network of organizations, since it is not usually feasible for one organization to provide all of the diverse services needed to care for the people with the given health condition. A comprehensive understanding of how organizations are (or are not) working together—either by sharing information and resources, or by referring clients for services—helps identify gaps in services and opportunities to get more out of the resources already deployed.
MEASURE Evaluation evaluates networks of organizations in order to improve healthcare coordination and integration—factors which lead to improved access and adherence to care, and ultimately health outcomes. Below, we provide you with links to our own work on organizational networks, and to other useful resources.