Our Grand Challenge, Close the Health Gap, has three working groups in the following areas: (1) Population Health through Community and Settings-Based Research and Practice; (2) Strengthening Health Care Systems: Better Health Across America; (3) Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Its Consequences.  Three working papers were developed for each working group.

Walters, K. L., Spencer, M. S., Smukler, M., Allen, H. L., Andrews, C., Browne, T., … Uehara, E. (2016). Health equity: Eradicating health inequalities for future generations (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Working Paper No. 19). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Begun, A. L., Clapp, J. D., & The Alcohol Misuse Grand Challenge Collective. (2015). Preventing and reducing alcohol misuse and its consequences: A grand challenge for social work (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Working Paper No. 14). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Browne, T., Gehlert, S., Andrews, C. M., Zebrack, B. J., Walther, V. N., Steketee, G., … Merighi, J. R. (2017). Strengthening health care systems: Better health across America (Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative Working Paper No. 22). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare.

Other Publications and Policy Action Statements

Spencer, M. S., Walters, K. L., & Clapp, J. D. (2016, September). Policy recommendations for meeting the Grand Challenge to Close the Health Gap (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Policy Brief No. 2). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare.

Almgren, G., Spencer, M.S., Walters, K. (2017, June). Promote Full Access to Health Care:_A Policy Action Statement

Spencer, M. S., Walters, K. L., Allen, H. L., Andrews, C., Begun, A., Browne, T., Clapp, J., DiNitto, D., Maramaldi, P., Wheeler, D.P., Zebrack, B., & Uehara, E. (in press).  Achieving Health Equity for Future Generations: Priorities for Action in Social Work Research and Practice  In J. Lubbin, R. Fong, & R. Barth (eds.) Grand Challenges for Social Work, Oxford Press.

EDITORIAL:  The Case for a National Health Social Work Practice-Based Research Network in Addressing Health Equity

A Grand Challenge paper “Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Its Consequences- A Grand Challenge for Social Work” by Audrey L. Begun, John D. Clapp, and the Alcohol Misuse Grand Challenge Group was published in the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research.

Double special issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, vol 17, issue1/2,edited by Audrey L. Begun and Diana M. DiNitto:  Implementing the Grand Challenge of Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Its Consequences