Network Science Improving Health in Honduras

We believe that because people are connected, their health is connected. Our embeddedness in social networks can therefore be used to influence behavior at a population scale.  With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the TATA group, and in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Honduras and the Inter-American Development Bank, we are conducting a large-scale field trial of network targeting, involving 30,000 people in 176 villages. We are evaluating methods that can accelerate the spread of health behaviors across social connections. In these videos (one short and one long), we discuss our driving motivations, our research design, and our goals for the project.