Top 100 Women of Impact: Rebecca Pittillo

Rebecca Pitillo

Executive Director, Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas

About me: I serve as executive director of the Blue & You Foundation, which awards approximately $3.5 million in grants that steer change in areas such as behavioral health, maternal/pediatric health and the social determinants of health.

I joined Arkansas Blue Cross in 2018 as the regional executive of south Arkansas. I worked the first 21 years of my career at Jefferson Regional in Pine Bluff in a number of leadership positions, including the Jefferson Regional Foundation. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UA Little Rock.

My community involvement includes membership of the board of the United Way of Southeast Arkansas, chair of the Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees, as well as the Hope Rising International Board in Leogane, Haiti. 

Lives in: White Hall • Works in: Little Rock

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Henry Ford said, “If you believe you can or believe you can’t, you are absolutely right.” I was a very cautious child and missed out on experiences because of fear, but what I now know to be true is our only limits are the ones we place on ourselves.

Proudest Moment of Impact: I’m both humbled and inspired to be a part of helping invest millions of grant dollars in the mental and behavioral health of Arkansans that will potentially impact generations. This work through the Blue & You Foundation and trusted partners with their proven programs are improving access, providing early intervention and destigmatizing mental health. Daily I’m reminded that the investments we make today give those who are struggling hope and a path forward.

Call to Action: Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth. It will take us all to make changes and see improvement in the mental crisis we’re experiencing. We must push to take care of our minds as well as our physical bodies. This should begin at an early age and be an ongoing, routine piece of health care. You are not alone. For help, call ARConnect Now at 800.482.9921 or the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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