Springfields Community Health Network Study Objective Objective Describe the network of organizations that has emerged in each Blueprint HSA to support population and individual health, focusing on modes of collaboration and relationships between organizations Background and Key Questions This study is the first step towards answering key questions about the networks that are active in Blueprint communities: What role did investment in core Community Health Teams have in seeding these larger networks? How are the participating organizations connected to each other? How are these relationships maintained and reinforced how durable are they? What characteristics do the most successful networks share? What impact do these networks have on individual and population health?
Network List Development In this Health Service Area (HSA) the methodology began with network bounding that included core health organizations as well as a wide-range of social service organization and community service organization. The network membership list began with the 2013 study list provided by the Blueprint Project Manager, added write-ins from 2013 study responses, and additionally added organizations (if not already represented) from the Unified Community Collaborative. Organization representative contact information was collected from Project Managers and publicly available sources such as organization websites. Survey Participation Invitations and reminders sent via Survey Monkey Additional reminders sent directly via email (avoiding spam filters) Invitations Sent 142
Social Network Analysis What? A network graph maps interactions Network analysis quantifies relationships Why? Describe a community objectively Explore the relationships that make up a community Look for patterns across communities Inform planning of collaboration for community health improvement Network Maps SPRINGFIELD HEALTH SERVICE AREA Our organizations . . . HAVE PATIENTS/CLIENTS IN COMMON Node color shows Degree
Node size shows Betweeness Centrality Degree Number of connections Betweeness Centrality How often an organization is on the shortest path between two other organizations Graph Density 11% Our organizations . . . SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC PATIENTS/CLIENTS Node color shows Degree Node size shows Betweeness Centrality
Graph Density 12% Our organizations . . . SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND/OR POLICY Node color shows Degree Node size shows Betweeness Centrality Graph Density 10% My organization SENDS REFERRALS TO this organization My organization RECEIVES REFERRALS FROM this organization Node color shows Degree Node size shows Betweeness Centrality Graph Density
14% Our organizations . . . SHARE RESOURCES (e.g. joint funding, shared equipment, personnel or facilities) Node color shows Degree Node size shows Betweeness Centrality Graph Density 3% FULL NETWORK all questions Node color shows Network Neighborhood Node size shows Betweeness Centrality Blue Network Neighborhood?
Network Neighborhood A group of organizations more likely to be connected to each other than a randomly selected organization in the network Me dic al Ser vice s
Springfield Area Full Network Statistics Average Degree Average number of connections per organization Network Diameter 15 Distance (in connections) between the two most distant organizations 3 Graph Density 21%
Percentage of possible connections that are active Modularity A measure of how readily the network could dissolve into separate modules .11 Average Shortest Path Length 1.8 Average shortest distance between organizations (in connections) Organization Statistics Organizations Ranked by Betweeness Centrality Betweenness Centrality is a measure of
how likely an organization is to appear on the shortest path between any two randomly selected network members. Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) State of VT - AHS - Department of Children and Families (DCF) SMCS - Community Health Team Senior Solutions Creative Workforce Solutions and Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation Highest In-Degree Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) 68 Senior Solutions
44 State of VT - AHS - Department of Children and Families (DCF) 41 SMCS - Community Health Team 37 State of VT - DVHA - Vermont Chronic Care Initiative (VCCI) 34 In-Degree represents the total number of connections
directed in, towards an organization. These are connections reported by another organization, with the exception of referrals from which would be reported by the organization itself. Team Based Care SPRINGFIELD HEALTH SERVICE AREA Team Based Care % of Respondents who "Agree" or "Strongly Agree" That Their Community Exhibits the Given Team Characteristics 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50%
Springfield FY14 Springfield FY15 State Avg. FY 14 State Avg. FY 15 Observations and Questions One network neighborhood is made up primarily of Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) departments and practices. It appears this neighborhood is well integrated into the network overall, as both the parent organization SMCS and the SMCS Community Health Team are connected but are part of a different neighborhood and are highly central to the network overall. Springfield is one of the few HSAs that have youth and/or family services in central positions in the network. In Springfield the State of Vermont Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the 2 nd most central organization.
Both information sharing sub-networks include many organizations that are not well-integrated into the network. Each organization creating one or two new connections could transform these networks and improve the flow of communication. Although the full Springfield network includes many organizations, a full 93% of respondents agreed that when our organizations work together, each one has a clear role to play. This is a jump of 28% from the previous survey. Team Based care measures are among the highest in the state!
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