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December 2018

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In this edition of UP! we highlight some of the Grand Challenges activity going on since September. For all our news, follow our Facebook page, join our Facebook group, follow us on Twitter, or watch our YouTube videos.

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GCSW: Clarifying Our Vision, Principles and Mission 
Review and Input Requested

We are pleased to share with you a draft of the GCSW Mission & Principles and invite your review and input. The document, drafted by an ad hoc committee of the Grand Challenges Executive Committee, lays out the GCSW vision for shaping a more positive future for our society, our mission, guiding principles, guideposts for action, and more. Please submit comments and suggested revisions online by January 10, 2019, and forward it to your networks and contacts who may be interested. We also invite you to attend the GCSW Roundtable at the 2019 SSWR conference to discuss and sharpen the document. For more information, see below.

Ad Hoc Committee (alphabetical order): Rick Barth, Sarah Gehlert, Sean Joe, Charles E. Lewis Jr., Angelo McClain, Trina Shanks, Michael Sherraden, Edwina Uehara and Karina L. Walters (Chair) 
News & Opportunities

Each issue we bring you news about advances and opportunities in a variety of Grand Challenge areas.
International Interest in the Grand Challenges for Social Work Grows
In September 2018, University of Washington School of Social Work (UW SSW) Dean Edwina Uehara addressed an enthusiastic international audience on Grand Challenges for Social Work at the Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference, at Canterbury Christ Church University, England. The conference provided a platform to discuss Grand Challenges progress and to formalize an international approach. The U.S. Grand Challenges initiative is now in formal partnership with the U.K. social work Grand Challenges effort. You can read more about this collaboration on page five of the UW SSW annual report

In Beijing, China, Center for Social Development (CSD) Director Michael Sherraden, PhD, and International Director Li Zou, MSW, MBA, represented Washington University in St. Louis during a November conference on “The 30th Anniversary of the Re-establishment of Social Work in China.” Dr. Sherraden’s keynote address, “The Future of Social Work and Social Policy: International Perspectives and Thoughts for China,” highlighted the Grand Challenges for Social Work in the United States as a strategy for future development, generating considerable discussion as a potential strategy for adaptation in China.  
Social Workers Participate in Hackathons for Social Good 
The Hacking for Humanity: Homeless Hackathon, sponsored by Girls in Tech San Diego and Amazon, was a unique opportunity for social workers to take on the role of ‘hackers’ and work toward the Grand Challenges to End Homelessness and Harness Technology for Social Good. Hackathon organizers provided technical assistance and other resources while social good hackers created innovative technology solutions for the homeless population in San Diego. The social work team won third place for its mobile app to empower homeless individuals and support nonprofit and government agencies by providing real-time analytics and frictionless communication methods, proving that hackathons are not just for engineers or ‘data geeks.’ There are many ways that social workers can use the free-form hackathon environment to create solutions for a variety of issues important to the field and to the Grand Challenges. With low code/no code products readily available, social workers’ education, expertise, and ethical lens is valuable at hackathons and enable us to be visible to the technology industry. Hackathons also allow social workers to discover a new path of advocacy and empowerment through technology. To learn more, connect with the NASW-CA Technology Council on Facebook or contact co-chairs Ruby Guillen or Christa Johnson Tipton.
Student-led Mental Wellness Project: A Therapeutic Restaurant
In the same way that people go to a community gym to improve their physical health, Gina Ankeny, a DSW candidate at University of Southern California, wants the next generation to have an enjoyable, stigma-free place to go to de-stress and improve their mental health. Her doctoral capstone innovation is a therapeutic restaurant concept called Theralicious, which combines evidence-based practices in nutrition, wellness architecture, and psychotherapy to increase positive mental health for guests. This innovative initiative addresses the Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth Grand Challenge, specifically aligned with efforts aimed at Unleashing the Power of Prevention, and promotes the widespread use of preventive interventions to reduce youth mental health problems by 20 percent within a decade. Foundational research to assess the feasibility and usability of the proposed restaurant has begun. Social workers and other professionals interested in collaborating on the project should contact Ms. Ankeny. Watch the Theralicious video here.
Students are #Up4theChallenge at NYU Silver 
Since launching its 2018-19 #NYUSilverUp4theChallenge Student Competition earlier this fall, NYU Silver School of Social Work has received a total of 14 concept submissions from MSW, BS, and DSW students, addressing 10 of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work. The most popular challenge among competitors was Eradicate Social Isolation, which was addressed by five of the concept submissions, and half of the submissions addressed more than one challenge. A committee, which includes faculty who are Grand Challenges co-leads, will select five finalists to present their concepts at a culminating event on March 5, 2019. After the finalists’ presentations, the grand winner will be named a GCSW Scholar and receive a monetary award. For more information, visit the website.  
Photo: Mary Burns, MSW '19, pictured center, led an #NYUSilverUp4theChallenge Student Competition information session.
New Graduate Certificates at ASU Address Stop Family Violence Grand Challenge
The Arizona State University School of Social Work has developed new undergraduate and graduate certificates in Domestic Violence and Evidence-based Practice. Coursework emphasizes the problem of violence against intimate partners, evidence-based service delivery, and hands-on learning in the field. Students also have an opportunity to verify as a victim advocate in the state of Arizona. Special elective topics include the prevention of teen dating violence, technology abuse, immigrant and refugee populations, the history of the domestic violence movement, and the use of risk assessment in social work practice. For more information, contact Associate Professor Jill Messing, PhD.
NIH Grant Will Support Stop Family Violence Work
A team led by Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD, the Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work Research at Washington University in St. Louis’ Brown School and a leader in the Stop Family Violence Grand Challenge network, has received a five-year, $6,496,050 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create The Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy, Research and Training (CICM). The team includes faculty from several disciplines across Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. CICM will assemble more than 40 researchers and experts from multiple disciplines and major research universities and organizations across the country to advance transdisciplinary science, innovative dissemination, and training approaches to prevent child maltreatment and to promote healthy development among victims of abuse and neglect. Read more.
University of Hawai’i School of Social Work Funds Faculty and Student Grand Challenges-linked Research Initiatives
The University of Hawai’i at Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (MBT SSW) has made commitments to the Grand Challenges in ways that are unique and relevant to Native Hawaiians and the diverse peoples of Hawai`i. The aim of the MBT SSW Grand Challenges initiative is to support faculty and student capacity to develop research projects within the 12 Grand Challenges topics. Clifford Bersamira, PhD, was awarded support to examine the role of communities and treatment providers in promoting a culture of health among Native Hawaiians. Doctoral students Mei Linn Park and Tyran Terada, with supervision from Seunghye Hong, PhD, were also provided with support to do research on web-based interventions for Native Hawaiians with health disparities. 
University of Maryland School of Social Work Selects Inaugural GCSW Dissertation Awardee
PhD candidate Jenny Afkinich, MSW, was selected by a faculty sub-committee to receive the inaugural Grand Challenges Dissertation Award from the University of Maryland School of Social Work for her work on the Grand Challenges to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice and Promote Smart Decarceration. Ms. Afkinich’s dissertation is a mixed methods study of the relationship between community social workers from the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and disproportionate minority contact—the over-representation of racial minority youth in the juvenile justice system. She will examine the association between race and legal outcomes of youth in counties with and without community social workers. Email Ms. Afkinich for more information on her work.
Training Modules for Preventing Behavioral Health Issues in Young People Now Available Online
The first three of five training modules developed by members of the Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth Grand Challenge are now available on the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health and Prof2Prof websites. The modules focus on key elements of preventing behavioral health problems in young people and are designed to introduce graduate social work students to tested and effective strategies, programs, and policies.
Putting a Spotlight on Social Isolation
"The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone" appeared in a recent edition of The Wall Street Journal. The article calls attention not only to the physical and emotional toll of social isolation, but to the potential impact on the U.S. economy. The piece looks at current research and shares the stories of several baby boomers who are isolated and lonely. Learn about the Grand Challenge to Eradicate Social Isolation.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 SSWR Annual Conference! Here are some of the Grand Challenge related events taking place:

Financial Capability and Asset Building for All Meeting
Saturday, January 19, 9 AM
11 AM
Hilton, Tower 3, 6th Floor, Room Nob Hill 6 and 7
Stop Family Violence Meeting
Saturday, January 19, 3:00 PM
5 PM
Hilton, Tower 3, 6th Floor, Room Nob Hill 6 and 7

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for all 12 Grand Challenges

Please see the SSWR Program Schedule for room locations.

Friday, January 18, 2019, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM
  • Achieve equal opportunity and justice 
  • Advance long and productive lives 
  • Build financial capability for all 
  • Close the health gap 
  • Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health: Unleashing the Power of Prevention (Ensure healthy development for all youth)
  • Create social responses to a changing environment 
  • End homelessness 
  • Stop family violence 
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
  • Eradicate social isolation 
  • Reduce extreme economic inequality 
  • Harness technology for social good 
  • Promote smart decarceration 
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM
  • The Collaborative on Healthy Parenting in Primary Care (Ensure healthy development for all youth)
In addition to sessions on each of the 12 Grand Challenges topics, please consider joining us for:

Grand Challenges for Social Work Roundtable:
Vision, Mission, Principles and Guideposts for Action 
Saturday, January 19, 2019
12:45 PM–1:45 PM

Golden Gate 8,  Lobby Level

Karina Walters, Charles Lewis, Trina Shanks, Michael Sherraden and Edwina Uehara

The need for scientific advancement in the solution of deeply significant human problems is acute, but given the scale of human need, requires a fundamentally different approach that connects discovery to implementation and professional transformation. The Grand Challenges for Social Work represent this critically needed 21st agenda for social change. To better contextualize and provide guiding principles for current and future grand challenges, a sub-committee formulated a vision, mission, and principles statement to guide the process and protocols of the Grand Challenges and the corresponding initiatives. 

Over the past two years following the formal launch of this movement in January 2016, distinct lines of activity have formed. This panel will explore a critical juncture and reasoning for development of a vision, mission, and principles statement for GCSW. GCSW will shape a more positive future for our society by promoting Grand Challenges that are culturally relevant, attainable, generative, multidisciplinary, scientifically sound, and sustainable. Important critiques will be acknowledged and addressed, particularly the pathways for progress to address racial equity and racism. All communities and populations deserve access to a full and healthful life, which is essential to a democratic society. 

The roundtable will engage participants in sharpening the GCSW’s vision, mission, the domains of concern, and guiding principles. These discussions will help to determine future directions for ensuring that the GCSW offers collaborative leadership in addressing societal inequities. 

Ad Hoc Committee (alphabetical order): Rick Barth, Sarah Gehlert, Sean Joe, Charles E. Lewis Jr., Angelo McClain, Trina Shanks, Michael Sherraden, Edwina Uehara and Karina L. Walters (Chair) 

Grand Challenges Network Leadership Luncheon (closed meeting)
Thursday, January 17, 12:00 PM
2:00 PM
Hilton, Tower 3, 6th Floor, Room Nob Hill 6 and 7
Grand Challenges Executive Committee Meeting (closed meeting)
Sunday, January 20, 12:00 PM
4:00 PM, location to be determined
Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth Grand Challenge: Strategic Planning Meeting
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
San Francisco, CA

The meeting is one day in advance of the SSWR Annual Conference. This convening, organized by the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health, is open to anyone interested. We invite your participation as we finalize a new strategic plan aimed at advancing the goals of Unleashing the Power of Prevention, the framework that guides the activities embedded in the grand challenge of Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth. Registration information and additional details about the meeting are available on the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health website, or by contacting Jeff Jenson, PhD.

Policy Activity

Criminal Justice Reform Update—Hot off the press!
The U.S. Senate passed a landmark bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that is expected to be approved by the Congress and signed by the president. The First Step Act responds to some of the research activities and policy goals of the Grand Challenge to Promote Smart Decarceration. In May, network co-lead Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD, helped to organize a White House Summit on federal prison reform and has been leading a multisite experiment on prisoner reentry services.

Lifting Families Out of Poverty
The Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis is conducting extensive research and policy work around Child Development Accounts (CDAs), one of the policy recommendations of the Grand Challenges to Build Financial Capability for All and Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality, and a key component of helping lift families out of poverty. In November, CSD Director Michael Sherraden, and other members of the CSD team participated in the International Conference on Child Development Accounts: New Approach to Child Well-being in Azerbaijan and consulted with Azerbaijan officials about establishing CDAs there. Domestically, CSD’s Michael Sherraden and Margaret Clancy received funding to extend their 12-year research of a statewide test of universal child development accounts. The findings have increased attention on CDA policy including ideas recently proposed by U.S. legislators and and a new statewide program in Massachusetts (SeedMA), which will open college savings accounts at birth for every newborn resident.

Social Work and Climate Change
How do we take steps to protect all people in our community from the consequences of climate change before it’s too late? Lisa Reyes Mason, PhD, Program Director and Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Social Work, and Faculty Director for Environment and Social Development Initiative at the Brown School’s Center for Social Development, Washington University in St Louis, weighs in. Dr. Mason authored an op-ed on climate change, “Rules for talking about our changing climate,” published in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Dr. Mason is a co-lead on the Grand Challenge to Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment. The op-ed was published just days after the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change issued a report detailing the immediate consequences of climate change, along with steps that need to be taken now to avoid damage. Dr. Mason has also co-authored an article in Nature Climate Change that makes the case for the importance of social work’s role in climate change solutions.

Grand Challenges: Ideas for a New Legislative Agenda in Washington
In his blog post, "12 Grand Challenges Has Policy Ideas for Democrats," Charles E. Lewis, Jr., PhD, president of
the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP), highlights the many ways that the upcoming Democrat-led House of Representatives can learn from the Grand Challenges in setting its legislative agenda for the coming years. Dr. Lewis provides several concrete ideas and encourages a variety of "investments in human capital development." In other policy activity, CRISP is planning its annual Social Work Day on the Hill, March 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. For all the details, see the Events section below. 
If you have policy updates to share with Grand Challenges, please email Lissa Johnson, Director of Policy Initiatives.
Books & Publications
There are numerous calls for papers and special journal issues focused on the 12 Grand Challenges: 

The Journal of Social Work Education
Deadline extended!
Manuscripts are due via electronic submission by December 28, 2018.
The Journal of Social Work Education invites submissions for a special issue titled "Advancing Social Work Education to Meet the Grand Challenge of Ending Homelessness" to be published in 2020. Amanda Aykanian, PhD, University at Albany, and Benjamin F. Henwood, PhD, University of Southern California, are guest editors. This special issue will highlight research and conceptual models that address education, outcomes, and approaches to teaching about homelessness, with the goal of providing a roadmap for social work programs that educators and researchers can use to advance their efforts to achieve the Grand Challenge to End Homelessness. Details and submission criteria.
Clinical Social Work Journal
Productive aging scholarship and practice gained new momentum with the creation of the Grand Challenge to Advance Long and Productive Lives and the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. This special issue will advance understanding of the many clinical implications with regard to theories, practices, approaches, and techniques in the area of productive aging and recognize the significant achievements of clinical scholarship and practice. It will also help to shape a vision for the next generation of scholars, educators, and practitioners to situate micro level factors within the broader ecological context. Guest Editors are Ernest Gonzales, PhD, New York University, Silver School of Social Work, Christina Matz, PhD, Boston College, School of Social Work, and Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis. Submission deadline is April 1, 2019. Details.
Criminal Justice and Behavior
A special issue of Criminal Justice and Behavior, "Research to Advance Smart Decarceration Policies, Programs, and Interventions," will highlight important research contributions to the emerging field of smart decarceration. The issue will be guest edited by Matt Epperson, PhD; Amy Blank Wilson, PhD; and Gina Fedock, PhD. Submission deadline is May 31, 2019. Details.


Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice for All
"Preparing Bilingual, Bicultural Social Workers to Serve the Growing Latino Population in America" (2018) in the Journal of Teaching in Social Work, responds to the Grand Challenge to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice for All. One of the actions that this Grand Challenge proposes to facilitate is the professions' ability to produce culturally responsive social workers and attain equal opportunity for all Latinxs. The special issue includes an introduction by Rocío Calvo, PhD, Associate Professor, Boston College School of Social Work, and features initiatives from across the county to advance this goal from an assets perspective.
Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth
Valerie Shapiro, PhD, Kimberly Bender, PhD, and Jeff Jenson, PhD, members of the Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth Grand Challenge, are pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, “Ensuring the Healthy Development of All Youth Through the Power of Prevention.” The special issue includes papers describing intervention research, implementation research, and methodological innovations that further collective thinking and action for taking effective prevention to scale. Three commentaries that reflect on efforts to unleash the power of prevention from the perspectives of program developers, service providers, and educators are included in the issue.
Communities That Care: Building Community Engagement and Capacity to Prevent Youth Behavior Problems
Published by Oxford University Press, this book is the first comprehensive description of the development, implementation and evaluation of the Communities That Care prevention system pioneered at the Social Development Research Group, a University of Washington School of Social Work center. The authors include J. David Hawkins, PhD, Emeritus Endowed Professor of Prevention and co-lead of the Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth Grand Challenge network, and Professor Richard F. Catalano, PhD—along with Abigail Fagan, PhD, University of Florida, and David Farrington, OBE, Cambridge University.
Facing Segregation: Housing Policy Solutions for a Stronger Society
Edited by Molly W. Metzger, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and Henry S. Webber, MPP, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer at the university, this book, published by Oxford University Press, addresses the Grand Challenge to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice and focuses on using public policy to reduce segregation. 
Shaping a Science of Social Work
This book includes chapters written by three scholars from the University of Washington School of Social Work: Edwina Uehara, PhD, Professor and Ballmer Endowed Dean in Social Work; Susan Kemp, PhD, Charles O. Cressey Endowed Professor; and Paula Nurius, PhD, Grace Beals-Ferguson Scholar and Professor. Published by Oxford University Press, the book outlines the basic constructs, domains and characteristics of a science that will inform the way social work is studied and practiced in the future, and that formed the basis for the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative. 
Upcoming Events

ACSSW Conference: School Social Workers Rise to the Grand Challenges for Social Work
January 28–30, 2019
Tulane University | New Orleans

The American Council for School Social Work (ACSSW), in collaboration with Tulane University, is hosting the 7th ACSSW Advancing School Social Work Practice National Institute in January 2019. Themed on the Grand Challenges for Social Work, this conference is an interactive, participatory experience in which practitioners, researchers, leaders in school social work, and university scholars share their expertise and wisdom acquired from practice. In support of the Grand Challenges initiative, the ACSSW 2019 conference sessions will feature each of the 12 Grand Challenges and their connection to school social work practice, leadership and research, and will include this keynote panel presentation:

Keynote Panel Presentation
Monday, January 28, 2019 | 8:45–10:15 AM
Grand Challenges for Social Work: The Essential Role of School Social Workers

University of Southern California School of Social Work professors—Larry Palinkas, PhD, Marleen Wong, PhD, and Ron Avi Astor, PhD—will provide an overview of the Grand Challenges for Social Work with an emphasis on how and why School Social Workers and their school colleagues are essential to achieving these challenges. ACSSW is honored to feature this renowned panel of researchers and experts in the field of social work. Join us in New Orleans as we address significant societal issues and embrace our part in helping to achieve the Grand Challenges for Social Work: Individual and Family Wellbeing for all… a Stronger Social Fabric…and a Just Society.

Register today.
Congressional Research Institute for Social Work & Policy (CRISP)

Student Advocacy Day on the Hill
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Washington, DC

Social Work Day on the Hill
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
9:00 AM –11:00 AM
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC
“Child Development Accounts: Building Assets from Birth”
Presenter: Dr. Michael Sherraden, Director, Center for Social Development, Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis

Young Social Workers Speak: Can Social Work Help Save Democracy?
1:00 PM–3:00 PM
NYU Abramson Family Auditorium
1307 L Street, NW 
Washington, DC

5th Annual Social Work Day on the Hill Reception
4:00 PM–6:00 PM
Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 

More information.
Race at the Forefront: Sharpening a Focus on Race in Applied Research 
March 28–29, 2019
Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

​The Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America (CRISMA) at the Center for Social Development will host its inaugural conference by convening scholars who study the impact of inequality and structural racism on people of color in the United States. The conference will bring together talented scholars working toward the elimination of racial inequalities in social, economic, and health outcomes. Register here.
Science in Action Series 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work

1010 W. Nevada Street, Room 2015
Urbana, IL

This year-long lecture series, addressing the Grand Challenge to "Harness Technology for Social Good," is designed to present innovative applications of technology powered by science in order to expand new opportunities and collaborations for reaching more people with greater impact on society's most vexing social problems.  
New Frontiers in Naturalistic Observation: Electronic Tablets for In-Home Observations of Parents and Children 
William Schneider, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Social Work 
February 7, 2019
Community Data Science Approaches to Gang Violence Prevention 
Desmond Upton Patton, Associate Professor, Columbia University Social Work 
March 7, 2019 
Project nGage: The Feasibility and Efficacy of a Dyadic Social Support Intervention to Retain HIV Positive Youth and Black Men in HIV Primary Care 
Alida Bouris, Associate Professor, University of Chicago, School of Social Administration 
April 4, 2019 
Development and Execution of Design-led Intervention for Social Good, Operation Compass
Lisa Mercer, Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Graphic Design
University of Illinois School of Art + Design
May 2, 2019
All lectures will be held from 12:00–1:00 PM local time.
*Registration is required to attend each date. These events are free and open to the public. Please share with anyone who may be interested. Lunch is provided. Attendance is capped at 30 people per seminar except for the March 7th event which will allow for more participants. Questions? E-mail Judy Havlicek.
Network for Social Work Management: 30th Anniversary Conference
Save the Date: May 29–June 1, 2019
Chicago, IL 
The Network for Social Work Management's 30th Anniversary Conference will be held in partnership with Loyola University Chicago. Proposals are being accepted until January 20, 2019.
2019 Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness
June 17–19, 2019
New York University

Join more than 700 community activists, government officials, young people, executive directors, program managers, writers, case managers and funders who are dedicated to ending the youth homelessness crisis at this exciting symposium co-sponsored by NYU. Deborah K. Padgett, PhD, Network Co-Lead for the End Homelessness Grand Challenge and NYU faculty liaison, will be presenting a pre-conference workshop on conducting research with and about homeless persons. Full details are yet to be announced but you can find more information here.
NEW! Guidance and Resources for Co-branding Activities with GCSW
For an overview of the GCSW and all of the details on how to collaborate with and help promote efforts related to the initiative, we invite you to listen to the webinar recording, "Stronger Together: GCSW Co-branding and Collaboration for Greater Impact" and access a variety of helpful communications materials.

GCSW Partnership with Prof2Prof
The partnership between the Grand Challenges for Social Work and Prof2Prof provides the forum for GC networks and individual members to share their work, collaborate across and within disciplines, and so much more. Watch this video to see Prof2Prof in action. Create your profile today!

Graphics Help Describe the GCSW
There are now two graphics to help convey the GCSW. One shows the different organizations that are a part of the initiative and how they are related. The other provides ideas for how various individuals and groups, including deans and directors, faculty, students, practitioners, advocates, funders, and policy makers can get involved. Feel free to use these in your own conversations and presentations about the GCSW.

GCSW YouTube Channel
Have you seen the GCSW YouTube channel featuring webinar recordings and more? Take a look! If you have videos related to Grand Challenges and would like them placed on the GCSW channel, please contact Sarah Christa Butts, MSW, Executive Director, at

GCSW Wikipedia Article
Help us build out the Grand Challenges for Social Work Wikipedia article! We are relying on volunteer editors to help make the article more robust and keep it up to date, so please take a look and contribute where appropriate.

2018 Sustaining Sponsors
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Thank you to our Sustaining Sponsors! For more information about becoming a Sustaining Sponsor or if you have questions about Grand Challenges for Social Work, contact
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