Crystal Franco

Crystal Franco, MPH


Expertise: Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness, Federal Biodefense Funding

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Professional Profile

Ms. Franco is an Associate at the Center for Biosecurity . Her policy research focuses on public health preparedness, hospital and medical preparedness, bioterrorism, and emerging infectious diseases. She also conducts research on the funding and management of civilian biodefense in the U.S. federal government and tracks developments in health information technology as it relates to biosecurity and biodefense.

Ms. Franco is an Associate Editor of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, and she is a contributor to the Biosecurity News Today, a daily biosecurity news update. Ms. Franco is an author of a number of articles, including a peer-reviewed research paper analyzing federal efforts to prepare for decontamination of a wide-area biological attack; a peer-reviewed analysis of the federal, state, and local medical response to Hurricane Katrina; and a report reviewing progress in the National Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). She has also contributed articles as part of a series dedicated to tracking and analyzing federal funding for biodefense programs, formerly titled “Billions for Biodefense.” Ms. Franco joined the Center in 2004 as an Analyst, and subsequently served as Senior Analyst.

Prior to joining the Center, from 2002 to 2004, Ms. Franco worked on implementing an electronic medical records system for a private practice doctor’s office in Colorado, where she helped lead an office-wide effort to establish and maintain a system of electronic medical records for more than 4,000 patients. Ms. Franco also worked from 1999 to 2001 as an electron microscopist for the Johns Manville Corporation.

Ms. Franco received her master of public health (MPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in May 2009. She earned her BA in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology in 2004 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.