Cristina Bisson is a registered nurse and public health practitioner with more than 20 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, including as both Country Director and Senior Technical Advisor for Intrahealth programs. She has built expertise in 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. Ms. Bisson returned to the US in 2011 as an independent global health consultant.
In her current capacity, Ms. Bisson serves as the Health Systems Strengthening Director in RTI’s International Development Group. She is 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. Her health sector technical areas of focus include maternal child health and family planning, HIV, and non-communicable diseases. She also serves as project manager for the USAID Philippines ReachHealth program, 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.