Using social network analysis to map an emerging national Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander health equity network
Objectives: Identify opportunities and challenges for building AA and NHPI collaboratives by mapping a national health equity network.
Methods: Researchers conducted a SNA using a snowball sample from 47 local organizations advancing AA and NHPI health equity. Respondents provided demographic information, identified additional partners, and rated their relationship with these partners using a four-point interaction scale from no interaction to collaboration. Identified partners were then surveyed for the same information. 1,470 organizations were identified spanning 34 states and six U.S. Pacific Islands.
Results: While many public health partnerships are place-based, the AA and NHPI network formation is unique with partners also connecting regionally and cross-regionally. Multi-ethnic AA and NHPI organizations play a key role in connecting ethnic-specific counterparts to the broader network. Organizations key to network cohesion and diversity may not have the most connections or occupy the most central positions.
Conclusion: Utilizing SNA provides useful insights and offers unique perspectives to building health equity networks. Many opportunities exist for this emerging network to serve as a force for AA and NHPI communities and their ensured health and well-being.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Identify opportunities and challenges for building Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander collaboratives by mapping a national health equity network
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Health Disparities/Inequities
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Any relevant financial relationships? No
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