Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society to be Published by Oxford - Includes Authors/Editors fr


The Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative (GCSWI), which is spearheaded by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), represents a major endeavor for the entire field of social work. GCSWI calls for bold innovation and collective action powered by proven and evolving scientific interventions to address critical social issues facing society. The purpose of GCSWI was modeled after the National Academy of Engineering, which aimed to identify some of the most persistent engineering problems of the day and then put the attentions, energies, and funding of the entire field to work on them for a decade. The GCSWI does the same for social issues, tackling problems such as homelessness, social isolation, mass incarceration, family violence, and economic inequality.Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society is an edited book that will present the foundations of the GCSWI, laying out the start of the initiative and providing summaries of each of the twelve challenges. The 12 main chapters that form the core of the book, one on each of the dozen Grand Challenges, are written by the primary research teams who are driving each GC project. The book is available for pre-order.

Edited by Rowena Fong, James Lubben, and SSW Dean Richard P. Barth (past-president of the AASWSW)

  • This book will present the authoritative account of the start of the Grand Challenges in Social Work national initiative, written by the lead research teams for each GC.

  • Provides a roadmap for the Grand Challenges, giving readers an overview of each of the dozen social issues, making a case for social work's unique position to address it, offering ideas for directions to take and ways to get involved.

  • Published in conjunction with the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW).

Contributors from the School of Social Work include:

Sarah Christa Butts, MSW is the Executive Director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative

Christine Callahan, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor with the Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI) at the University of Maryland School of Social Work

Robin McKinney, MSW, is Director and Co-Founder of the Maryland CASH Campaign and a SSW alum

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