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SDOH Screening Tools
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SDOH Screening Tools: 5 Key Factors to Consider

The importance of the social determinants of health is becoming more and more well-known among healthcare providers and practitioners. By helping patients meet their social needs like housing, transportation, food security and education, research suggests we can improve their overall health and well-being in ways

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Systems Thinking Quotes
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Systems Thinking Quotes | 23 Favorite Thought-Provoking Sayings

Systems thinking is an important perspective for all network leaders! A network is fundamentally a system, experiencing many of the same dynamics that other systems go through, including emergence, feedback loops, and interconnection. We’ve come across many insightful systems thinking quotes and sayings over our

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Bria Thomas
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Meet our New Research & Data Technologist, Bria Thomas

We’re excited to share that we’re growing out staff again at VNL. Bria Thomas, our new Research & Data Technologist, brings a wealth of experience from the public health field, along with a diverse skillset in technology and innovation. She’ll be working with both our

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What is a network strategy?
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What is a Network Strategy? Why Is Having One So Important?

For those working in the field of social impact, building networks is part of the new normal. Creating partnerships with other organizations lets us share resources and knowledge, coordinate our action, and leverage diverse forms of value like influence and experience. However it is too

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Closed Vs Open Networks
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Closed Vs Open Networks: When is Each Most Effective?

In network theory, a major focus of study is on the relative ‘openness’ of a network, and its relationship with network effectiveness. Specifically, people wonder whether the ideal is closed vs open networks. Coleman (1988) introduced a theory that claims tighter, densely interconnected, ‘closed’ networks

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