Reproductive Health Interest Group

The Reproductive Health Interest Group (RHIG) is a registered graduate student group at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Founded in 2002, RHIG brings together students, faculty, and staff to learn about and discuss reproductive health issues, share information, and engage in service and advocacy projects.



Please welcome the new Leadership Team!

Leadership Team and SubcommitteesÂ

Cristina Hunter, Co-President

Katherine Sziraczky, Co-President

Ingrid Talavera-Gutierrez, Events Coordinator

Corinne Zahlis, Treasurer and Assistant Events Coordinator

Kyle Ryan, Communications Chair

Gillian Foley, Advocacy Chair

Dr. Paula Tavrow, Faculty Advisor ptavrow at

Meet the new leaders

Cristina Hunter (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 on 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, women’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 (Co-President) Katherine is a second-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. She then worked in B2B marketing for Cisco Meraki, a cloud IT company in San Francisco, before returning to earn her MPH and pursue a career in healthcare. 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, good books, and good eats.


ingridtalavera-gutierrez_2016-17 Ingrid Talavera-Gutierrez (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.


Corinne Zahlis (Treasurer and Assistant Events Coordinator) Corinne Zahlis is a first year MPH student in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She completed her undergraduate degree at Tufts University with a double major in Community Health and Biology. Corinne previously worked for Prevent Blindness Northern California and has volunteered with Peer Health Exchange, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Project Linus. She is interested in promoting evidence-based health policy that empowers young people and families to make the health choices that are right for them. In her free time, Corinne bakes cookies and runs half marathons.


Kyle Ryan (Communications Chair) Kyle is a first-year MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences. He is interested in sexual, reproductive, and LGBT health issues and the stigma around it. In addition to serving as the Communications Chair for RHIG, Kyle also volunteers as a Sex and Cookies facilitator to help undergraduate students become familiar with the sexual health resources available to them on campus and in the surrounding communities. Kyle graduated with his B.S. in Biology from Stonehill College in 2014. Before joining the UCLA community, he worked in the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, which sparked his interest in public health and working to help improve the health of stigmatized populations. In his free time, Kyle enjoys running, relaxing with a coffee, and catching a stand-up comedy show.


Gillian Foley (Advocacy Chair) Gillian Foley is a first-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Gillian completed her undergraduate degree at UC Davis as a biopsychology major. As an undergraduate, she was involved with research on autism, served as a leader for the UCD chapter of Best Buddies, and volunteered at the UC Davis medical center— experiences that inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. Her medical interests include women’s health and general reproductive health, which she hopes to further explore through research and advocacy. Gillian is also considering pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health. Outside of school and medicine, she enjoys reading and watching psychological thrillers, baking, singing along to show tunes, and listening to podcasts.



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