Week One in Nicaragua! Piloting the Protocol.

Prior to leaving for Nicaragua I worked with Professor Aday to decide what aspects of communication we would like to look at and analyze using social network analysis. My teammates and I read the article, “Social Network Analysis for Organizations”, written by Noel M. Tichy, which outlines the main SNA methodologies. In prior research conducted by MANOS members, students have used the “reputational method” to interview community members, asking questions such as “who works on the behalf of the community”. We decided that this round we’re going to focus on the “transactional content”. We are looking for direct communication regarding health and we’ll also be looking at how often these interactions occur and where they occur.

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Analyzing Social Networks in Chaguite, Nicaragua and Understanding their Affects on Community Health Introduction and Abstract

Hello! My name is Roni Nagle. I am a freshman and a biology major with a public health minor. I have been involved in sociological research with the MANOS team (Medical Aid Nicaragua: Outreach Scholarship) throughout my freshman year. Our projects overarching goal is health centered and we travel to a small, rural community Chaguite, Nicaragua every Spring. We also travel on auxiliary trips during Summer and Winter break. As our project is health focused, I have learned how sociology can be used to study health and health care access within the community. Readings throughout the year as well as research performed by other team members and my faculty advisor Professor Aday have spurred my interest regarding health and communication.

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