Rhianna Mendez was the Institute's 2015 Health Fellow. During her time at the Institute, Rhianna documented the successes of the Healthy Parks Healthy People: Bay Area collaborative. Rhianna’s final report, the Healthy Parks Healthy People: Bay Area Roadmap and Case Study, is now a critical resource not only for the Bay Area but also for communities across the country interested in starting their own initiatives around the nexus of parks and health. For this project, Rhianna drew on her background in public health prevention and environmental health. Prior to her time with the Institute, she worked with non-profits in the nation’s capital striving to provide a healthy world for all. Rhianna holds a degree in Public Health from American University.