RHIG’s 2015-2016 Highlights

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RHIG Leadership names and titles for the 2015-2016 year in the photo are as follows (Left to right)

Top row: Natalie Dickson – Vice President, Jasmine Uysal – Advocacy Co-Chair, Sarah Jane Smith – Co-President, Marisol Torres – Education Co-Chair, Monica Ramsy – Newsletter, Sally Saleh – Treasurer

Bottom row: Subasri Narasimhan – Co-President, Michelle Smudde – Advocacy Co-Chair, Caitlin O’Conner – Social Media Chair & New Co-President

This year the Reproductive Health Interest Group (RHIG) took reproductive health and justice to new heights through education and advocacy efforts both on and off UCLA campus. Bonded in friendship, determination, and passion for social justice this ten member leadership team, led by PhD Candidate Suba Narasimhan and MPH/MA Candidate Sarah Jane Smith, spent the year partnering with cross-campus organizations on reproductive justice issues at UCLA, uniting with local sexual health and wellness organizations, and providing various educational opportunities promoting reproductive rights and health. Next year RHIG will be led by incumbent leadership members Caitlin O’Conner and Jasmine Uysal who hope to continue RHIG’s current work supporting reproductive justice and increase cross-campus collaboration, networking, and reproductive health professional opportunities.

Below are RHIG’s 2015-2016 highlights:

-Began the project Creating Space to improve lactation accommodation and support for student/working mothers at UCLA campus. To date, Creating Space has been awarded the 2015-2016 Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) grant, partnered with organizations across campus such as the Mothers of Color in Academia de UCLA and UCLA Student Workers Union to advocate for increased breastfeeding support, drafted a survey to conduct a formal needs assessment of on campus lactation facilities, and was just recently accepted as a poster presentation at the APHA 2017 Meeting.

-Raised over $2,000 for RHIG’s Social Justice Programming though Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s

-Partnered with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles to train UCLA students in sex education and subsequently visited local community colleges to deliver courses on contraception and STD prevention

-Participated at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ rally supporting women’s rights to contraception and abortion in downtown Los Angeles

-Raised over $500 for and participated in AIDS Walk Los Angeles

-Hosted speaker Taraneh Salke, Executive Director from Family Health Alliance, who delivered a seminar about partnering with men in Afghanistan to improve family planning

-Hosted the film screening “No Mas Bebe’s” about the forced sterilization of Latina women at USC LA Country Hospital in the 1970s in partnership with UCLA Blum Center, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity

-Partnered with California Family Health Council for Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Awareness Week

-Hosted a RHIG blood drive in partnership with UCLA Blood & Platelet Center

-Received the Health Campus Initiative grant award to increase lactation accommodation and support across UCLA campus

-Created a new RHIG blog: https://uclarhig.wordpress.com/