Social Work Pioneers host eighth annual luncheon

Ron PollackRon Pollack, executive director of Families USA, discusses the Affordable Care Act during the eighth annual Social Work Pioneers® luncheon in October. Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King also was a keynote speaker at the lunch.

The NASW Foundation hosted its eighth annual Social Work Pioneers® luncheon in October at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.

More than 100 people attended the event, which featured two keynote speakers — Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King and Executive Director of Families USA Ron Pollack.

King’s speech, “The Invisibility of the Poor: A Challenge for Social Workers,” emphasized the need for social workers to make their views known in order for legislation to be introduced, while Pollack discussed the Affordable Care Act in “Health care Reform: Current Issues and Answers.”

Kenneth Carpenter“King’s speech encouraged social workers to meet with CEOs, people in the media and other significant people who can help bring their views to pass,” said Kenneth Carpenter (photo right), a member of the NASW Social Work Pioneers® planning committee. “Pollack helped to clear up some confusion about the Affordable Care Act, and what social workers can expect in the coming years.”

The luncheon showcased a viewing exhibit that displayed NASW Pioneers who are published authors and other

Pioneers who have been recognized for their specific contributions to the field of social work. The luncheon also included a tribute to Pioneers in Memoriam and a LEGACY Project Report.

About the Pioneers

The NASW Social Work Pioneers® Program was created to honor members of the social work profession who have contributed to the evolution and enrichment of the profession.

The Pioneer Program identifies and recognizes individuals whose unique dedication, commitment and determination have improved social and human conditions.

Their contributions are reflected in every aspect of the profession, as well as in the establishment of social policies and human services programs.

They have accomplished this through practice, teaching, writing, research, program development, administration, advocacy, legislation, and election to public office.

For more information about the NASW Social Work Pioneers®, visit the NASW Foundation website.