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Grand Challenges News

Featured Challenge:

Ensure healthy development for all youth


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.


Fellow Highlights

New Fellow Information

Welcome our new fellow members.

13 new fellows comprise the class of 2015. New fellows will be honored at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Conference, January 15, 2016, Washington, D.C.

Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, MSW, Hunter College, CUNY
Maryann Amodeo, PhD, MSW, Boston University
Michael J. Austin, PhD, MSW, MSPH, University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence M. Berger, PhD, MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MSW, MPH, MS, New York University
Taryn Lindhorst, PhD, MSW, University of Washington
Paula S. Nurius, PhD, MSW, MA, University of Washington
John G. Orme, PhD, MSW, University of Tennessee
Lawrence Albert Palinkas, PhD, MA, University of Southern California
Harold Pollack, PhD, University of Chicago
Stephanie Robert, PhD, MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael S. Spencer, PhD, MSSW, University of Michigan
Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, MSW, MA, Florida State University
Fred Wulczyn , PhD, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago