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Betty Cox

Program Officer

I’ve learned that public health programming does not exist in isolation — it’s important to consider how it fits into the larger policy environment of specific country contexts.”

Betty Cox is a public health professional with experience in policy advocacy and public affairs, maternal and child health programming, and strategic communications for international health organizations.

As a program officer in R4D’s health portfolio managing projects in health systems strengthening, one of her responsibilities is project management for health financing and management capacity building efforts at the global, national, and sub-national levels. As part of that work, she managed an assessment of the Tanzania-based pilot — rolled out in the Mara and Kagera regions in 2016 — of the Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management that empowers subnational health managers to address bottlenecks or gaps in their localities or regions. She also leads project management for a pilot of preferred primary care provider networks in Ghana, which aims to improve primary health care delivery and efficient resource allocation for health.

Ms. Cox is also active in R4D’s management of an eight-country joint learning exchange on strategic communications for universal health coverage. This work brings together policymakers and reform implementers to co-produce a global practical guide and individual country plan outlines to support strategic communications efforts. The country delegations convene via webinars and workshops to share their strategic communications experiences and challenges as they work to create support of universal health coverage policy reforms.

Before joining R4D, Ms. Cox conducted research for Project Concern International, focusing on maternal health and barriers to care for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Health Initiative in Bihar, India. Before that, she worked as an associate for the Global Development Incubator. She also served as an account supervisor at Ruder Finn public relations agency in New York with international corporate health care clients. She previously served as the advocacy and outreach manager for the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ms. Cox holds an MALD in development economics from Tufts University and a BA in East Asian studies from Princeton University. She speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.

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