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Ensure healthy development for all youth

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Each year, more than six million young people receive treatment for severe mental, emotional, or behavioral problems. Strong evidence shows us how to prevent many behavioral health problems before they emerge. By unleashing the power of prevention through widespread use of proven approaches, we can help all youth grow up to become healthy and productive adults.

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What is Unique about the Grand Challenges for Social Work?

The Grand Challenges for Social Work are based on the premise that how well we work together is the most fundamental path to a just, equitable, and socially cohesive society.  The Grand Challenges share a commitment to a strong scientific base; building on strengths of individuals, families, and communities; enlisting social resolutions rather than employing coercive methods; integrating practices, programs, and policies; and activating media for positive change.  The Grand Challenges recognize that social and behavioral factors largely shape human development, health, violence, substance abuse, environmental change, and injustice. Articulating the Grand Challenges will accelerate social innovations to address vexing problems in our society. One of the aspirations of the Grand Challenges is to build a more cohesive society that fights exclusion and marginalization, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust, and offers pathways for social and economic mobility for everyone.

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Fellow Highlights

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Sarah Gehlert, PhD President

Sarah Gehlert, PhD, is the director of the University of Chicago’s NIH-funded Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research and the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Brown School at Washington University. Learn More about Sarah Gehlert

New Fellow Information

Class of 2016 Fellows were inducted at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference, January 13th, New Orleans, LA.