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Proposed Grand Challenge Ideas

Proposed Grand Challenge Ideas

Jan 22

Human Environment and Community Evolution

With progress in our nation’s communities and cities and the mobility of the millennial generation , also comes the gentrification of many neighborhoods. The introduction of new services and stores and housing can bring new prosperity to an area but… continue reading

Jan 22

Weight Management and Nutrition

Obesity has been identified as a key public health and medical issue in the United States and Western world. Obesity is condition that impacts various demographics, ages, and populations of people. Obesity and weight are are often overlooked as indicators… continue reading

Jul 14

Exploring the “Archeology of Social Practice”

 Societies across nations practiced modalities of social interventions. Social Work, as a concept and profession, warrants some self-refection to reinvent itself. On-line proliferation of SW’s knowledge, values and skills repudiates many—most—of our assumptions of practice. There is hardly a unique… continue reading

Jul 7

Workforce Development and Readiness

Several inter-related contemporary developments have contributed to a markedly changed U.S. environment that will necessitate establishing new research priorities and teaching innovations to prepare and expand the social work workforce for 21st century human service roles. These are: 1) socio-demographic… continue reading

Jul 7

Harnessing Big Data for Social Policy Innovation

The digital revolution is producing vast quantities of social, psychological, and organizational data that could be harnessed to hasten the production of knowledge needed to tackle society’s most vexing problems. Social welfare organizations have not been left out of this… continue reading

Jul 7

Financial Empowerment for Social Workers

Financial literacy, including financial knowledge and skills, is more important than ever in the current economic climate. The numbers of households in the United States (U.S.) that are struggling to meet their basic needs for housing, food, education, and health… continue reading