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The National Rural Health Resource Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining and improving health care in rural communities.

As the nation’s leading technical assistance and knowledge center in rural health, The Center focuses on five core areas:

  • Transition to Value and Population Health
  • Collaboration and Partnership
  • Performance Improvement
  • Health Information Technology
  • Workforce 

Sep 19, 2019

In a short moment we can all think of and imagine the immense diversity of networks that are forming all across our country. We know that networks are born out of the needs of their rural communities, especially during these complex times of change and transition within the health care environment. But we want to know more about how-to strategically build robust networks and how-to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of networks. We need to learn about the science of networks.

In a recent RHND grantee workshop, grantees learned not only about basic network science but also how to visualize and study their own networks to leverage key strategies. The network leaders mapped the current state of their networks and then mapped the ideal state of their networks. This exercise created an opportunity for network leaders to strategically think about network relationships. The result of this kind of network thinking opens the door for figuring out how to be strategic in managing networks and how to measure and evaluation the strength and vitality of their network.