The BC Care Providers Association works actively to identify issues around the recruitment and retention of care providers in the province. To tackle all health human resource (HHR) issues affecting BCCPA members, as well as the broader continuing care sector, the BCCPA Board of Directors approved funding to create a new Health Human Resources Analyst position.
The search concluded with BCCPA finding the ideal candidate among its own. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Lara Croll as the new HHR Analyst starting September 5.
Lara Croll joined the BCCPA in May 2014 as a co-op student, and worked on several key projects before securing a full-time position as a Policy Analyst in our Policy & Research Department. She has a master’s degree in public policy from Simon Fraser University, and an undergraduate degree in economics.
“It’s great to see someone like Lara take on this important role within our organization at a pivotal time in our history,” says Daniel Fontaine, CEO for the BCCPA. “Our members will benefit from her incredible commitment and genuine interest in our sector and the issue of health human resources.”
Croll is thrilled to be filling the position of HHR analyst for the continuing care sector.
“This is an incredibly important and timely issue for our members who are facing chronic labour shortages, significant retention issues, fiscal challenges, and high rates of workplace injuries—all while caring for our most frail and elderly seniors,” Croll said.
Croll’s current work as a policy analyst for the BCCPA, and a program coordinator for SafeCare BC informs her understanding of the challenges our members face. She will be actively seeking to draw upon the expertise of our service provider and commercial members.
“The goal of my work will be to help foster a happy and healthy workforce that has the skills, abilities, and system-level supports to meet the needs of our aging population,” she said.
As HHR Analyst, Croll will work collaboratively with BCCPA members, unions, government and health authorities, training colleges and universities, and other stakeholders to properly identify and forecast ongoing health human resources needs for key occupations in B.C.’s continuing care sector. She will be working with BCCPA staff to initiate new programs to improve the recruitment and retention of workers in the sector.
Croll will play an important role as a liaison between BCCPA and the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC), undertaking key research projects and data analysis.
Croll’s appointment as HHR Analyst comes at an opportune time. This summer, the BCCPA hired a new Manager of Partnership Development, a Director of Programs, and a Manager of Public Affairs for Assisted Living and Home Care.
Filling out these positions has nearly doubled BCCPA’s staff. Our new team members will be working toward achieving the goals outlined in our three-year strategic plan, and strengthening BCCPA’s role as the leading voice for senior care providers.
Check in with us next week as we announce the hiring of a new policy analyst to join BCCPA’s stellar team.