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Michal Grinstein-Weiss, PhD Inducted into American Academy of Social Work

Michal Grinstein-Weiss, PhD, MA, MSW, Director of the Centene Center for Health Transformation, was recently inducted into the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare (AASWSW). The AASWSW is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high-impact work that advances social good.

Dr. Grinstein-Weiss’s research unites behavioral science with social and economic mobility to influence policy and create evidence-based solutions in the US and internationally. Through cross-sector partnerships, she advances large-scale financial inclusion and health equity projects and research and is currently leading the efforts of Israel’s first national child savings account program. Her research is designed to provide valuable insight to many audiences including academia, industry and government leaders, policy makers and practitioners.

To date, the AASWSW has inducted 145 fellows. “I’m honored to have been asked to join not only my own colleagues from the Brown School, but researches from across the country as an American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare fellow,” Dr. Grinstein-Weiss stated. “The work of those within this organization is vital to create positive change in communities globally. I look forward to collaborating on research initiatives that have the potential to influence policy change and reform for social welfare.”

In addition to her role at the Centene Center, Dr. Grinstein-Weiss is a Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives at the Brown School, the director of the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, and a nonresident senior fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution. She received her PhD in social work from the Brown School, master’s in economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and her master’s in social work and Bachelor of Arts from Haifa University, Israel. Dr. Grinstein-Weiss has also been honored with many esteemed awards including the Society for Social Work and Research’s Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award.

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