Britt Cruz is a Program Manager in International Development with HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed non-profit healthcare organization in the United States. Britt has spent the last five years working on HealthPartners’ USAID-funded Cooperative Development Program (CDP) in Uganda. The program leverages HealthPartners’ cooperative expertise to facilitate the development of member-owned health cooperatives that meet members’ health care needs. She has been a practicing development professional for more than a decade, half of which was spent in Asia and Latin America, most recently with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global AIDS Program / Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.
Britt has a Bachelor degree in political science and economics from the College of St. Benedict and a Master of Development Practice degree with public health concentration from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her interest is in creating sustainable health care systems that build on existing infrastructure and are driven by local actors. Britt has been published in The Review of Black Political Economy and was a contributing author to the book, The Journey to Universal Health Insurance Coverage: Where is Uganda and What are the Lessons for Other LMICs.