The network that local health officials use to communicate about professional issues contains two groups of LHDs that are influential for either their ability to spread information or to innovate. Both groups are more likely to conduct community health assessments and develop health improvement plans. Since these activities are fundamental aspects of accreditation and health reform, the findings may present an early indication that these initiatives are having an effect on the public health system.
Merrill JA, Carley KM, Orr MG, Jeon CY, Storrick J. Patterns of Interaction Among Local Public Health Officials and the Adoption of Recommended Practices. Front Public Health Serv Syst Res