Rachel Bunch joined the Arkansas Health Care Association of Little Rock in 2008 as its administrative assistant.
At the time, Bunch was looking for just a part-time job while she attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. But the job was a perfect fit for her. “I’ve always cared a lot about the elderly and a lot of the causes that the association supports,” she said.
Six years later, she is now its executive director, advocating on behalf of about 300 long-term care providers in Arkansas.
Bunch said she’s proud of the way the association’s members worked together during the COVID-19 pandemic to quickly provide personal protective equipment, tests and resources. “Things could have definitely been a lot worse,” she said.
Bunch said she’s driven by her job. “I know that the work that we do matters,” she said. “When we’re able to advance policies that support better quality care for the people that we serve in our facilities, it makes a real difference for people in all communities in the state.”