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Public health has always relied on partnerships to conduct organized community efforts for the purpose of improving community health. Traditional methods for measuring partnerships collect information about the characteristics of different partners to draw comparisons and conclusions about a social linkage. However, in social network analysis, the primary data collected are the relationships themselves. Michigan's Diabetes Outreach Networks (DONs) are six regional, community-based organizations with the mission to promote innovative partnerships to strengthen diabetes prevention, detection and treatment throughout Michigan. Since the DONs emphasize collaboration as part of their activities and outcomes, there was a need to better assess the partnering efforts of the DONs.
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