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NASW and the Council on Social Work Education recently joined the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare to announce the launch of the academy’s 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work.

Led by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Grand Challenges for Social Work is a groundbreaking initiative to champion social progress powered by science. It’s a call to action for all of us to work together to tackle our nation’s toughest social problems.

The list includes:

Just society

Promote smart decarceration
Build financial capability for all
Reduce extreme economic inequality
Achieve equal opportunity and justice

Stronger social fabric

Eradicate social isolation
End homelessness
Create social responses to a changing environment
Harness technology for social good

Individual and family well-being

Ensure healthy development for all youth
Close the health gap
Stop family violence
Advance long and productive lives

Be a part of the Grand Challenges for Social Work (GCSW) to:

  • Think deeply, boldly, and creatively about our society’s future and social work’s role in shaping that future.
  • Develop and implement strategies that bridge the gap between research and practice in social work.
  • Take proven, evidence-based approaches to scale in critical areas.
  • Collaborate with researchers, practitioners, and colleagues in related disciplines to create transformational, lasting social change.
  • Achieve greater impact in your own research and practice.

For information, please visit the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare website at:

If you are working on one of the Grand Challenge issue areas—from any angle or discipline—and want to collaborate on a project or share information with social workers addressing the issue, please let us know! Contact one of the lead authors of any of Grand Challenge working papers or send questions