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 Export to Your Calendar 10/29/2020
When: Thursday, October 22, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Online Zoom Meeting
New York 10001
United States

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Join the NASW-NYC Chapter and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield for Week Two, Part Two of our Senior Series, a four-part event spread out over two weeks, for seniors and social workers that serve seniors. 


Week Two

 Part Two

Thursday, October 29, 2020

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Senior Series Virtual Town Hall 


This last portion of the NASW-NYC x Empire BCBS Senior Series is a virtual town hall featuring social work leaders and experienced professionals in elder care and law designed to create discussion around elder care social work and healthcare. 


We highly encourage you to join NASW-NYC, Empire BCBS, and our esteemed panelists and come with your questions and thoughts. 

Join us as we close out this incredible series! 


Meet Our Senior Series Town Hall Panelists



Martine J. Baron is a NYS LCSW-R. She earned her MSW from Columbia University. M. J Baron is a skilled manager of a variety of critical health care initiatives with impactful quality improvement results. A social work innovator with a strong ability to determine program parameters; using data to inform intervention and problem solve, M. J Baron designed training for professional development for non-profit professionals and educational centers.  She has over 25 years’ of experience working with children, families and individuals, as an agent of support and guidance and has worked in several leadership behavioral health roles in various health care settings, including managed long-term care where she developed her program development skills and training.  In 2005, she created M. J Baron Consultant, a woman-owned professional services company that offers safety, professional development, program development and management, and social work best practice training services.  In 2010, under the advisement of Pastor Calvin O. Butts, a group of social workers at Abyssinian Baptist Church assembled to create the Center of Care and Advocacy ministry, combining social work practice with Christian counseling. The ministry is intended to meet the social work needs of the congregation and the Harlem community at large and works in conjunction with several social service providers to offer their expertise in specific areas. Martine J. Baron is the chairwoman of the National Association of Social Workers NYC Healthcare Committee and volunteers with faith-based non-profit organizations and several community based programs.



Blas Reyes is an experienced, authorized and licensed agent for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. His area of expertise is in Medicare. He will be joining the panel as a representative for Empire BCBS and a conduit of healthcare information for seniors and social workers that serve them. 




David Cutner, Esq., is a founder of Lamson & Cutner, P.C., a preeminent New York Elder Law firm. Mr. Cutner has authored numerous articles and special reports for seniors, disable persons, and their families and caregivers, including the first chapter in Elder Law Client Strategies in New York, published by Thomson Reuters. Mr. Cutner often gives seminars at nursing homes, hospitals, and elsewhere and is sought out by the media for his comments on Elder Law issues. 




Wayne Orlowitz, LMSW, ACSW is the director of Admissions and Social Work at the New East Side Nursing Home. Mr. Orlowitz has been involved with NASW-NYC since 1977 and is the current chairperson of the NASW-NYC Nursing Home Committee and has been employed as a social worker in various long-term care and rehabilitation facilities since 1977. Mr. Orlowitz has been involved with NASW-NYC PACE, the political action committee of NASW-NYC since its inception and has been the candidate selection chair and treasure of PACE in his years of participation. Mr. Orlowitz is extremely supportive of NASW goals of economic justice and racial equity and health care access for all.


Please note this registration is for the listed portion of this series ONLY.


Please check the Senior Series page for registration to additional parts of this series.


Remember, if you attend all events of this series, you have a chance to win a Self-Care Giveaway!

See the Senior Series page for more information!


FREE & Open to BOTH NASW Members and Non-Members.

Open to Seniors, Social Workers who work with Seniors, and Social Work Students who aim to work with seniors. 


Please note that this portion of the series does NOT offer social work CEUs.


IMPORTANT: Once registered, the link to the Zoom meeting will be sent in your confirmation email. Please note, you have to register via Zoom as well. A reminder email will be sent the day before or the morning of the town hall. These emails will be sent to the email address you use when completing your registration. Please ensure you have typed in your email address correctly. 


If you have any questions about this specific event, please email 


If you have any questions about the NASW-NYC CARES initiatives and its events, please email 





NASW-NYC is happy to try and fulfill any special accommodations requests submitted in writing to at least fifteen business days prior to the workshop date. Requests received after the deadline may not be able to be processed or fulfilled in time for the event.






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