SIG was brought to life to address the AIDS pandemic with evidence-based interventions, particularly for marginalized and vulnerable communities. Thirty years later, we are now grappling with another huge pandemic that hits these same communities especially hard. 


A multidisciplinary team of researchers and scientists at Columbia University will combine their efforts to address the opioid and substance use crisis.

Announcing new partnership to expand the capacity of the social service workforce and competencies utilized in the social services field: Building Social Service Workforce Competencies in Europe and Central Asia

Members of the ASPIRE team recently traveled to Jordan to work with collaborators to interpret findings from the Women ASPIRE study, disseminate results, and continue to build a strong network of Non-Governmental Organizations in the region.

In this episode of Social Impact LIVE on 2/18 at noon, Dr. Louisa Gilbert will discuss developing interventions for gender-based violence—violence that is directed at an individual based on their biological sex or gender identity. Tune in via Facebook; registration link below.

A new research project, Smart Couples II, is testing an electronic monitoring system that is the first of its kind,“BETRCap," an electronic pill bottle cap that syncs bottle openings with a mobile app on the participant’s phone.

The HEALing Communities Study launched the Phase 1 meetings in the eight Wave 1 counties, where they are working with their coalitions and beginning the Communities that HEAL intervention. First stop: Cayuga County.

Just published in New York Daily News: How to save thousands of lives: When bail reform comes, we must do far more to help people who use drugs help themselves

The HEALing Communities Study was highlighted in the latest edition of Social Work Advocates magazine.

This month, SIG was pleased to co-host several talks relating to the overdose epidemic, evidence-based research in humanitarian crises, and social work in a global setting. The complete recorded livestreams for each of these talks is now available.

On December 2nd from 12 - 1 pm, Drs. Bruce R. Schackman and Laura Starbird will explore how measuring the cost of the HEALing Communities Study can help others replicate the model.

On November 18th, Columbia University will host an introductory event to the HEALing Communities Study called "HEALing Communities: Columbia Scientists Tackle the Opioid Crisis in NY State." In advance of this event, Dr. El-Bassel, Director of SIG, appeared on Social Impact Live to further discuss the implications of this massive Study. 

Dr. Robin Kerner, Senior Project Director for HEALing Communities, presented as part of the "Implications for policymakers public health advocates & governments" panel at the Association of Foreign Correspondents of the USA event. 

University Professor and SIG Director Nabila El-Bassel will appear on Social Impact LIVE October 23rd to discuss her most ambitious research project to date: the HEALing Communities Study.