Webinar Recording: Introduction to Social Network Analysis: Broad Overview and a Demonstration of a Novice’s Guide Using R Statnet

On June 28, NACCHO hosted a webinar on conducting social network analyses–what they look like and how they can be applied. Webinar participants were also led through an explanation and live demonstration of a recently developed toolkit from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, A Novice’s Guide: Social Network Analysis Using R Statnet, which includes basic terminology and steps for conducting a social network analysis using free data analysis software.

By the end of this webinar, participants were able to:

  • Describe a social network analysis, including general terminology;
  • Identify potential applications for social network analyses; and
  • Locate and apply a toolkit that provides step-by-step instructions for a sample social network analysis.

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Danielle Rankin, MPH, CIC is an Infection Prevention and Assessment Response Epidemiologist for the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology. Danielle recently completed the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship in which she dedicated her time to studying and developing a baseline social network analysis of healthcare entities in Orange County, Florida to understand the influences of patient movement. Danielle holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Global Communicable Diseases from the University of South Florida. In 2017, she became certified in Infection Prevention and Control through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.

About Christina Baum

Christina Baum serves as a Senior Program Analyst for infectious disease at NACCHO. Her work includes projects on emerging infectious diseases, epidemiology, healthcare-associated infections, and antibiotic resistance.

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