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Cristina Bisson

Cristina Bisson

Vice President, Global Health


MPH, International Health Promotion, George Washington University
BSN, University of Kentucky


As Vice President of the Global Health Division within RTI’s International Development Group, Cristina Bisson provides strategic leadership and overall management for RTI’s global health portfolio. She is responsible for ensuring excellence in program implementation and advancing RTI’s technical and scientific leadership.  

Ms. Bisson is a registered nurse and accomplished global health and development leader, with more than with 25 years of experience leading multimillion-dollar global health programs in Africa and Asia, including in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Vietnam. Ms. Bisson has extensive experience leading maternal, newborn, and child health, family planning and reproductive health (MNCH/FP/RH), HIV, and malaria projects, for RTI and previously for Intrahealth, where she served as Country Director and Senior Technical Advisor.

Ms. Bisson’s expertise includes health systems strengthening, integrated service delivery, advocacy, public health policy, strategic planning, training, quality improvement, and collaboration with ministries of health and in-country stakeholders.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Bisson served as the Health Systems Strengthening Director in RTI’s International Development Group. She was responsible for program development and implementation to strengthen country health systems, particularly integrated service delivery and governance, ensuring access to and use of equitable, high-quality, and sustainable services. She also served as project manager for the USAID Philippines ReachHealth program, implemented by RTI, which aims to strengthen and improve access to critical MNCH/FP services. Ms. Bisson has strong implementation experience, including working directly with country programs and providing critical oversight for programs in fragile settings.

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