Networking News

Networking News items are resources created and collected for rural health networks participating in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) network grant programs supported by the Network Technical Assistance (TA) Team. Network leaders, RHI staff and subject matter experts offer information and insights on a range of topics relevant to networks and their member organizations through Networking News.

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Using Network Analysis For Evaluation and Design

December 2017

The effectiveness of any collaborative group is highly dependent on the quality of connections that exist among participants. This article describes a sample network to show how network leaders can use Social Network Analysis to measure relationships, increase collective self-awareness, and maximize collaboration strategically.

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Identifying Measures to Evaluate Network Progress

September 2017

This article describes approaches to measuring results when you want to tell the story of a rural health network's development. It provides ideas for questions to include in annual surveys and offers suggestions for how to use data collected from members and stakeholders.

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Why Communication Planning is Different for Networks

August 2017

Because of the unique nature of networks, successful communication planning often means embracing approaches that diverge from traditional tactics. This article discusses how to build effective network communication strategies and shares insights on common challenges and solutions.

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Leadership Influence Without Authority

May 2017

Understanding the motivational priorities for different personality styles can help a leader be aware of how to frame information when influencing others. This article provides a number of steps that rural health network leaders can take as they work on strengthening their credibility and building influence.

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Aligning and Streamlining Your Planning Efforts for Long-Term Success

April 2017

In taking a systems approach, rural health networks are often encouraged to create working plans that document their commitment to, and strategies for, achieving a shared vision in a number of different focus areas. This article outlines the different purposes of several plans and how they can be connected to one another.

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From Silos to Bridges: Collective Action to Build Rural Health Care Capacity

January 2017

Rural health networks often serve as bridges among different organizations and groups throughout a community. This article describes what brings stakeholders to the table, why they stay engaged in network activities, and how they can address their collective challenges in rural health care together by building connections.

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How an Understanding of Lean Can Support Network Objectives

November 2016

Performance improvement systems and tools can support the problem-solving processes of rural health networks by offering straightforward methods for analysis and implementation. This article outlines some of the ways that network leaders can benefit from the Lean methodology.

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Sharing Data in Collaborations

March 2016

This article provides a step-by-step process for preparing rural health networks for HIT interoperability and health information exchange.