Topology of Local Health Officials’ Advice Networks: Mind the Gaps

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This article discusses how a health officials’ advice network might contribute to a high-performing public health system by facilitating diffusion of innovation and best practices. Examination of regional networks and subgroup analysis showed a clumping communication pattern that largely follows state boundaries.

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Merrill, J., Orr, M. G., Jeon, C. Y., Wilson, R. V., Storrick, J., & Carley, K. M. (2012). Topology of local health officials’ advice networks: Mind the gaps. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 18(6), 602–608.