Dr. Esmeralda Iniguez-Stevens is the Program Coordinator for the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program at the California Department of Public Health, Office of Binational Border Health (CDPH-OBBH). Her current work focuses on enhancing detection and response to infectious disease incidents and threats in the border region. More specifically, she works collaboratively with state, local and federal partners to enhance epidemiological surveillance for emerging and re-emerging infections, facilitate cross-border exchange of information, and investigate binational infectious disease outbreaks along the California/Baja-California border region. She is also a lecturer at the SDSU School of Public Health, where she teaches courses in International Field Epidemiology and HIV/AIDS. Her previous experience includes both national and international public health work in infectious and chronic disease epidemiology. Dr. Iniguez-Stevens holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the Joint Doctoral Program at San Diego State University/University of California San Diego, a Master in Public Health degree from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor degree in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego.