Asia Blackman is the first recipient of the inaugural Charles R Drew Fellowship. She is a 25 year old Barbadian alumnus of Howard University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering. At Howard University, she worked doing cancer research, and transitioned into doing cancer surveillance and cardiovascular disease research in her home country. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at McGill researching maternal morbidity and its impact on maternal outcomes. She intends to work for the World Health Organization in the global south doing work to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.