12 Grand Challenges for Social Work is Evolving into Something Very Special

12 Grand Challenges for Social Work is Evolving into Something Very Special

As a newly-minted member of the Grand Challenges Executive Committee, one may suspect my assessment of this ambitious initiative may not be objective. However, I welcomed the opportunity to serve on the GCEC because of my growing appreciation of its potential. I will admit my initial thoughts about the 12 Grand Challenges were less than optimistic. As a policy wonk, I initially saw the initiative as too broad in scope and thought the components needed to be prioritized. Policymakers generally want to focus narrowly and seldom do complex and comprehensive policy changes succeed as did the Affordable Care Act which then became difficult to defend when it was attacked. The key word for policymakers is incremental. I have since learned the 12 Grand Challenges is not solely about policy change; it is about societal change.
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