Meet the New 2017-18 Reproductive Health Group Leaders (RHIG)

Cristina Hunter (RHIG Co-President) is a second year MPH student in the Community Health Sciences department. Last year Cristina served as the RHIG Social Media Chair and Service Delivery Chair for Creating Space—a RHIG sponsored project working to improve lactation accommodation, services, and policies at UCLA. In addition to serving as RHIG Co-President this year, Cristina is the Project Manager and Policy Development Chair for Creating Space.

Cristina graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco with a BA in International Studies, focus in Global Politics and Societies, and a Minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Cristina’s interest in the effects of health disparities, and women’s health and empowerment led her to pursue an MPH. She is interested in community prevention efforts, health policy, woman’s reproductive health, and public health program evaluation. She is currently serving as a Public Health Advocacy Fellow with Breathe California of Los Angeles County working on tobacco prevention and youth advocacy.

Katherine Sziraczky (RHIG Co-President) is a first-year MPH student in the Health Policy and Management Department. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley with a double major in Business Administration and Public Health, and then led the Americas Demand Generation Marketing team for Cisco Meraki, a cloud IT company in San Francisco. She has volunteered with UNICEF at Cal, Volunteers Around the World, Samahope, and MyLife, all programs working toward improving the health and quality of life for people around the world. In her free time, she loves swimming, jogging, live music, and good books.

Ingrid Talavera-Gutierrez (RHIG Events Coordinator) is an undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Global Studies with a special interest in sexual reproductive health. Ingrid has extensive experience with event planning as well as a business background as she has previously worked for the Southwestern Advantage Company where she ran her own business. Ingrid is especially passionate about reproductive health and justice and is excited to bring her skills in event planning and marketing to RHIG. She has successfully completed training in both Puberty and Middle School Teen Talk through Health Connected and intends to pursue research along with community work regarding woman’s health and sex education. Her objective for RHIG is to bring forth events that will not only increase RHIG’s involvement within the public health community but events that will build strong and valuable relationships together within the UCLA community and the greater Los Angeles area.