The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, one of the nation’s preeminent children’s health organizations, has named public health visionary and community leader Dr. Laurie Stradley to serve as its chief program officer. Dr. Stradley, who earned a doctorate in health policy and management at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the School’s Master of Public Health program.
Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, Healthier Generation’s work with schools, communities and businesses has empowered more than 28 million children nationwide to develop lifelong healthy habits. Dr. Stradley joins the organization at a key point in its evolution, as it seeks to lead the way in meeting children’s comprehensive health needs — inclusive of quality nutrition, regular physical activity and strong social-emotional development.
Dr. Stradley joins Healthier Generation with a lengthy career in public health and early intervention health care and experience serving on numerous coalitions driving the future of health. She is an effective policy and advocacy change-maker, playing a key role in the passage of several pieces of North Carolina health legislation that banned smoking in bars and restaurants and increased access to healthy foods via corner stores.
“We are at a pivotal moment as leaders in children’s health,” said Dr. Stradley. “I am thrilled to be joining an organization that is at the forefront of advancing a holistic approach to kids’ health, consistent with the latest science on the mind-body connection. As chief program officer, I am eager to continue moving the needle on health equity to give more children the healthy futures they deserve.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 14