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Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society

Rowena Fong, James Lubben, and Richard P. Barth


The grand challenges are an effort—led by the social work profession—to address 12 major challenges for American society with innovative, evidence-informed, and socially-focused approaches. In essence, this volume offers a social agenda for America—one that begins with understanding that social factors are fundamental to the progress of humanity and that development of civil and peaceful social relationships have been the basis for human progress. These social factors also help explain the challenges that we now face including homelessness, major health disparities, family violence, social is ... More

Keywords: grand challenges, social work, social innovation, civil society, social integration, progress, problem solving, health, violence, development, justice, opportunity

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190858988
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190858988.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rowena Fong, editor
Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas - Austin

James Lubben, editor
Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor in Social Work, Boston College

Richard P. Barth, editor
Dean and Professor, School of Social Work Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Maryland at Baltimore

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Chapter 1 Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society

James E. Lubben, Richard P. Barth, Rowena Fong, Marilyn L. Flynn, Michael Sherraden, and Edwina Uehara

Chapter 2 Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth1

Jeffrey M. Jenson and J. David Hawkins

Chapter 3 Close the Health Gap

Michael S. Spencer, Karina L. Walters, Heidi L. Allen, Christina M. Andrews, Audrey Begun, Teri Browne, John D. Clapp, Diana DiNitto, Peter Maramaldi, Darrell P. Wheeler, Bradley J. Zebrack, and Edwina Uehara

Chapter 4 Stop Family Violence

Richard P. Barth and Rebecca J. Macy

Chapter 5 Advance Long and Productive Lives

Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ernest Gonzales, Jacquelyn B. James, Christina Matz-Costa, and Michelle Putnam

Chapter 6 Eradicate Social Isolation

James E. Lubben, Elizabeth M. Tracy, Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Erika L. Sabbath, Melanie Gironda, Carrie Johnson, Jooyoung Kong, Michelle R. Munson, and Suzanne Brown

Chapter 7 End Homelessness

Deborah K. Padgett and Benjamin F. Henwood

Chapter 8 Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment

Susan P. Kemp, Lawrence A. Palinkas, and Lisa Reyes Mason

Chapter 9 Harness Technology for Social Good

Stephanie Cosner Berzin and Claudia J. Coulton

Chapter 10 Promote Smart Decarceration

Matthew W. Epperson, Carrie Pettus-Davis, Annie Grier, and Leon Sawh

Chapter 11 Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality

Julia Henly, Raven Jones, Laura Lein, Jennifer Romich, Trina Shanks, Michael Sherraden, and Amanda Tillotson*

Chapter 12 Build Financial Capability for All

Jin Huang, Margaret S. Sherraden, Mathieu R. Despard, David Rothwell, Terri Friedline, Joanna Doran, Karen A. Zurlo, Julie Birkenmaier, Christine Callahan, and Robin McKinney

Chapter 13 Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice

Rocío Calvo, Martell Teasley, Jeremy Goldbach, Ruth McRoy, and Yolanda C. Padilla

Chapter 14 Conclusion

Richard P. Barth, Rowena Fong, James E. Lubben, and Sarah Christa Butts