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      A Social Network Analysis of a Coalition Initiative to Prevent Underage Drinking in Los Angeles County

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          In 2011, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health began a prevention services initiative to address problems dealing with alcohol and other drugs across the County. A major component of the strategy included the formation of eight coalitions. Defined by geographic borders, each coalition consisted of multiple service provider organizations, and were mandated to implement customized plans that would focus on preventing underage drinking by addressing availability and accessibility of alcohol. In this study, we collect survey data and observe coalition meetings to study the interactions within and between coalitions. We are informed by network tie strength theories to supplement our view of how organizations communicate. We apply social network analysis to learn how the multi-coalition network is functioning, and identify important unrealized connections. Our findings suggest there are many potential connections between coalitions that are not being leveraged.

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          101660575
          43963
          Proc Annu Hawaii Int Conf Syst Sci
          Proc Annu Hawaii Int Conf Syst Sci
          Proceedings of the ... Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
          1530-1605
          15 November 2016
          30 March 2015
          January 2015
          27 November 2016
          : 2015
          : 4356-4365
          Affiliations
          University of Southern, California, karhai.chu@ 123456usc.edu
          University of Southern, California, hoeppner@ 123456usc.edu
          University of Southern, California, tvalente@ 123456hsc.usc.edu
          University of Southern, California, rohrbac@ 123456usc.edu
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          PMC5124494 PMC5124494 5124494 nihpa829609
          10.1109/HICSS.2015.522
          5124494
          27899879
          13dfc9d9-1198-487d-8ba6-671813cef7e1
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