Anna Strong

Executive Director, Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Anna Strong is a member of the Excel by Eight Foundations Executive Committee. As executive director of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ARAAP), she leads health policy work that benefits children and pediatricians, engages members in statewide initiatives, and conducts grant-funded project work. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Child Advocacy and Public Health at Arkansas Children’s, where she led community health initiatives and convened the Natural Wonders Partnership Council to help improve child health. In addition, she served as Director of Health Care Policy at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, where she led Medicaid-related policy work and contributed to Arkansas’s successful 2013 effort to expand Medicaid to low-income adults. She is a graduate of the dual Master’s degree programs at the Clinton School of Public Service and UAMS College of Public Health and she holds a Bachelor’s in Math from Hendrix College. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Aaron, and their son, Isaac.

My favorite childhood Halloween costume was: the classic 1980s Barbie Bride, complete with a hard plastic face mask.
My favorite children’s book is: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
As a child, my favorite activity was: roaming our neighborhood on roller skates or bikes, playing in the creek in our yard, and building forts or trying to get lost in the nearby woods.
My favorite song when I was a child was: “Part of your World” from the Little Mermaid.