Seven distinct learning communities are each charged with examining social work’s impact on a different aspect of health. These learning communities are trans-disciplinary, inter-professional teams that include students, faculty from Boston University and beyond, policymakers, and practitioners.

Central to the work is a desire to promote population health and health equity – both nationally and globally – and a belief that the social work profession should be at the forefront of addressing these issues. Working collaboratively, these learning communities are conducting exciting outcomes-driven research that will inform evidence-based practices, which can be replicated at the community level and around the world.

The learning communities are:

Project Impact

Through this work, the learning communities are making it possible to more effectively quantify the economic impact of social work. They are demonstrating the social work profession’s crucial role in the health care system and exploring new ways to expand the profession’s leadership and impact.