Britta is a senior research scientist in the Public Health department. Britta has 15 years of experience in public health research and evaluation. She is mixed-methods and survey researcher whose work focuses on women’s health and underserved populations, including rural populations. Anderson developed her expertise in women’s health, survey methodology, and study design while completing her PhD in psychology and while working as a researcher at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. At NORC, she designs and directs evaluations and serves as a subject matter expert on women’s health. Her recent projects have been mixed-methods cross-site evaluations for the Health Resources and Services Administration. However, having worked at NORC for almost a decade, she has had the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of work at NORC, such as developing toolkits, conducting systematic screening and assessments and evaluability assessments, providing technical assistance, and developing a variety of dissemination materials.
Currently, Britta is Deputy Director for the Maternal Health Portfolio Evaluation for HRSA’s MCHB and she is Project Director for CDC’s ERASE Maternal Mortality Evaluation Plan Development. Both of these projects involve complex evaluation design or implementation for national efforts to address maternal mortality. She is also Project Director for the Provider Resiliency Evaluation for HRSA’s BHW, which is an evaluation of three programs (45 grantees) that address burnout and aim to improve resiliency among the healthcare workforce in rural and underserved urban communities. Utilizing her background in survey design and administration, Anderson co-led the development and administration of 25 surveys of providers and patients for the Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIA) project.
Britta spent eight years as a researcher at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) conducting survey studies in collaboration with researchers in academia and the federal government. Throughout this work she developed an expertise in designing surveys, fielding surveys, survey data analysis, and writing peer-review publications. She also developed a broad knowledge base about women’s health and women’s healthcare. Anderson has co-authored over 60 peer-review publications, which focus primarily on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of obstetricians and gynecologists. During this time she completed her PhD in psychology, studying how people use information during medical decision making. She co-edited a book titled Numerical Reasoning in Judgment and Decision Making about Health published by Cambridge University Press.
St. Olaf College
Appointments & Affiliations
Journal of Rural Health (2018 - Present)
Honors & Awards
Rural Health Fellow | 2016
National Rural Health Association’s
opens in new tab"Initiatives to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Severe Maternal Morbidity in the United States : A Narrative Review."
Journal Article | December 8, 2020
opens in new tab"Enhancing Mental Health Literacy in Rural America: Growth of Mental Health First Aid Program in Rural Communities in the United States from 2008-2016."
Journal Article | January 12, 2018
opens in new tab"Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Opinions about the Affordable Care Act and Their Expectations about How It Will Impact Their Practice."
Journal Article | September 11, 2017
opens in new tab"Screening and Treatment for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Women: Results of a Survey of Obstetrician-Gynecologists."
Journal Article | August 7, 2017
opens in new tab"Survey of Obstetrician-Gynecologists in the United States about Taeniasis and Cysticercosis."
Journal Article | January 11, 2017
opens in new tab"Surgical Techniques at Cesarean Delivery: A U.S. Survey."
Journal Article | November 14, 2016
opens in new tab"Obstetrician and Gynecologists’ Population-Based Screening Practices."
Journal Article | March 22, 2016
opens in new tab"The Double Disparity Facing Rural Local Health Departments."
Journal Article | January 21, 2016