Amaka Agodi is a burgeoning public health professional from the Bay Area who graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Since graduating, she has worked as a Clinical Data Associate in Santa Monica, a research assistant for Heluna Health and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, and most recently, a program assistant for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Her passions and research interests include health disparities, social epidemiology, women’s health, children’s health and all things related to the African diaspora. After conducting extensive nature research on the benefits of being outdoors, she created Girls in Nature, a summer program, to increase access to nature with the hope that minority adolescent girls will see nature as a safe space to nurture their growth into womanhood. In the fall of 2019, Amaka will begin her epidemiological studies as a Masters of Public Health student at Georgia State University while also working as a research assistant with Dr. Shanta Dube.