Twitter connections among local health departments as potential pathways for dissemination

Jenine K. Harris, Ross C. Brownson, Ryan A. Bell, Ryan C. Maier, Elisia Cohen, Nancy Mueller

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Abstract

Implementing evidence-based public health strategies results in a greater likelihood of success for local health departments and is consistent with health department accreditation standards. Social media has the potential to allow local health departments to connect with one another and share evidence-based strategies. We sought to examine patterns of social media connections among local health departments on Twitter. Descriptive and visual network approaches were used to examine the network; exponential random graph modeling was used to model the likelihood of a Twitter connection between departments. Larger departments were central to the network and departments sharing a border were more likely connected, as were health departments in the same state. Dissemination across this network would be facilitated by larger departments and between departments in the same state. By developing the network beyond these typical connections, health departments could be exposed to new strategies or new ways of implementing existing strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1596-1605
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781479925049
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2014 - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 6 2014Jan 9 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2014
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI
Period1/6/141/9/14

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