BAYADA Hearts for Home Care’s annual Ambassador of the Year award ceremony recognizes the tireless efforts of more than 300 BAYADA Home Health Care employees who volunteer their time to serve as Ambassadors — grasstops home care advocates that build relationships with their state and federal lawmakers. The ambassador role includes advocacy responsibilities that enable these employees to serve as a voice for all home care staff and clients in state capitols across BAYADA service states and in Washington, D.C.
Of these 320 ambassadors, eight were chosen as the top advocate in their state, plus one as the Federal Affairs Ambassador of the Year and one as the Rookie of the Year. H4HC is grateful for everything these ambassadors do to advance home care issues throughout this country’s legislatures—and those efforts deserve recognition.
This year, North Carolina native, Rachel Miller, of Marion, NC was named National Ambassador of the Year!
This was Rachel’s second consecutive Ambassador of the Year nomination, and she was an absolute standout in 2022 in terms of legislative engagement.
Rachel facilitated and executed three home visits throughout the year — more than any Ambassador in the country! Additionally, throughout the year, she recruited several BAYADA families to engage in advocacy, empowering them to share their stories with key lawmakers. She volunteered as a team leader during Advocacy Day, participated on H4HC’s social media committee, and has always been diligent about sharing action opportunities with her colleagues and surrounding communities.
Rachel, who did not previously know that she would win the National Ambassador of the Year title, was surprised and delighted when H4HC President and Executive Director Dave Totaro came to the podium and announced her as the year’s ultimate top advocate. Even more surprising, Rachel’s father brought Rachel’s two sons — Henry and Ford — to watch their mom accept her award. Two-year-old Henry even followed Rachel up to the stage to support her and cheer her on!