Dr. Carroll Estes, former board chair of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, has received a prestigious award for individuals who’ve made “a significant impact on the U.S. social insurance system.” Last week, the National Academy for Social Insurance (NASI) honored Dr. Estes with the 2019 Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance.
“Dr. Estes is regarded as one of the foremost innovative thinkers and educators on the interaction of social insurance with gender, race/ethnicity, and class issues, and she has used this work to inform policymaking in the fields of health, aging, and social insurance.” – National Academy for Social Insurance
Dr. Estes was a member – and also chaired the board of – the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and later, the board of the National Committee Foundation. She is currently Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she founded and directed the Institute for Health & Aging, and chaired the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing.
The NASI award is named after former Social Security Commissioner Robert Ball, who “worked tirelessly to advance the nation’s social insurance programs.”