Social networks in the management of complex health-related projects

Baines, Lyndsay, Mehta, Kathan and Jindal, Rahul M. (2014) Social networks in the management of complex health-related projects. Journal of Healthcare, Science & The Humanities, 4 (2). pp. 40-53. ISSN 2159-8800

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Global health initiatives usually require collective business-healthcare professional based partnerships and address health issues and concerns that transcend national borders, irrespective of practices, policies and systems in the host country. Social networks (SNs) formed by organizations like UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank and private corporations, which are working together, have produced innovative financial tools to support these initiatives. The purpose is to find better ways to raise funds, apply resources and develop meaningful alliances among networks working towards a common goal (e.g., delivering vaccines to children in developing countries). Business, social and healthcare networks can amalgamate their skills to prevent illness and relieve suffering, even in the current economic challenges. Social networks, with their ability to foster interdependency, such as kinship, common interest, financial exchange, relationships or common beliefs, knowledge and prestige, are able to operate on many levels, from individual families up to national and global levels. Historically, SNs play a critical role in determining the way problems are solved, organizations are run, and the degree to which both individuals and organizations succeed in achieving their goals. This paper will utilize Social Network Analysis (SNA) as a means to examine three strategic areas to global healthcare delivery: expanding delivery of new or under-utilized healthcare initiatives; achievement of global access to healthcare through private sector partnerships; and the strengthening of research, development and activation of private and political support as a means to empower communities to advocate for policies that will improve their health.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: global health, social network analysis, developing countries
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Lyndsay Baines
Date Deposited: 24 May 2015 10:37
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:42

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