Christine Crudo Blackburn is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University. She is also a Faculty Fellow in the USA Center for Rural Health Preparedness at Texas A&M University. Dr. Blackburn conducts research on rural health access, emergency medical services, preparedness and response, global health security, and the impacts of immigration law on health access for immigrants and mixed status families. Dr. Blackburn received an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in the fields of political science, communication, and veterinary clinical sciences from Washington State University. Her doctoral research examined using biological data to improve pandemic preparedness and response.