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Key Initiatives

UNC School of Social Work is the institutional home for several centers and other initiatives that offer services and conduct research both in North Carolina and internationally. Some of these are led solely by the School; others are collaborations with other universities and agencies.

A few of the School’s best-known centers and initiatives are listed here:

Behavioral Health Springboard
BHS provides online and face-to-face educational programs in areas that include problem gambling, substance use prevention and treatment, and other issues in behavioral mental health.

Collaboration for Implementation Practice
Based at UNC School of Social Work, CIP is a multidisciplinary and international community of professionals who support implementation science — applying evidence-based knowledge from research studies to improve programs, systems, and services. CIP provides workshops, coaching, online resources, and an annual institute.

Global Social Development Innovations
With projects in India, Kenya, Uganda, and other countries, GSDI works with local stakeholders to enhance the well-being of marginalized populations, especially in the areas of economic security, workforce development, financial inclusion, health, and education.

Jordan Institute for Families 
Founded in 1996 by Michael Jordan and his family, JIF addresses a broad span of issues (ranging from infant mortality to developmental disabilities to human trafficking) and leads the School’s commitment to social justice and racial equity.

Project NO REST
Project NO REST has worked to increase awareness of human trafficking activities (including both sexual and labor trafficking) in North Carolina, especially as these affect persons age 25 and younger. The initiative has established pilot programs across the state, bringing together business leaders, law enforcement and emergency personnel, human services and healthcare professionals, educators, and other community leaders.

Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab
SIE Lab provides support for social venture start-ups by students, as well as consulting services and technical assistance for nonprofits and social enterprises.

UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative
Working primarily in the Triangle area, UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative helps connect refugees with mental and behavioral health services, engage communities in capacity building, and provide direct support through individual and group treatment.