Bea Rector is the Director of the Home and Community Services (HCS) Division within the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration in Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services. Bea has worked in long term services and supports at the state level for 22 years. She is responsible for leading planning and administration of federal and state services for individuals with functional impairments and their caregivers utilizing Medicaid, Older Americans Act, grant and state funds. For the first ten years of her career she worked in one of the state’s largest non-profit home care agencies designing and implementing strategies to recruit and retain home care workers. Washington is consistently ranked as a national leader for its high performing system of long term services and supports; and its commitment to support of individuals in their own homes. This has been achieved through partnerships with labor organizations and employers, strategic policy development and innovative investments in the direct care workforce.
Bea holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Her mother was a direct care worker supporting seniors and individuals with disabilities in their own homes, in group homes and in institutional settings.
The Center for Advancing Racial Equity and Job Quality in Long-Term Care (The Center for Equity) is a national hub for developing innovative workforce policy and fostering narrative change in long-term care (LTC). Our work centers the majority Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) women and immigrant caregiving workforce and confronts the links between systemic racial and gender inequities and poor job quality. We unite diverse stakeholders in service of building the equitable caregiving infrastructure our nation needs.
The Center for Equity is an initiative of the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP), a national labor/management organization which works with employers, unions and workers to raise standards across the healthcare industry. The initiative is generously funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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