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The Role Of A County Health Department As A Linking-Pin Organization In A Network

Published in JHHSA, Vol. 23 No. 3

This is a case study of a local health department's role in the formation
and operation of a network of health care providers The local health
department served as a linking-pin organization in the network and
engaged in actions to legitimize itself and the network it formed.
Legitimacy management requires the development of pragmatic, moral,
and cognitive strategics that can be used for gaining, maintaining or
repairing legitimacy. The results of this study indicate a unique government
legitimacy management profile in which there is a predominant use of
cognitive and pragmatic actions intended to gain legitimacy. The
implications of this profile are discussed.

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