Safiya Friday is the Program Manager for the HEALTH Research Institute. She has earned her Bachelor’s in Biological and Physical Sciences from the University of Houston- Downtown. Safiya is an advocate for bridging the gap between formal science practices and its applications in disadvantaged communities. She has worked with the Grenadian-based non-profit organization, “Refreshed: Sacred Healing Retreat,” which emphasizes nature-based therapies as treatment of physiological and behavioral discomforts. Through her strategic planning and organizational capabilities, Safiya will provide institutional and administrative support to the HRI team to promote health education and support methods that respond to the cultural, environmental, and health needs of Houston’s underserved populations.