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 Subcommittees 

Cristina Hunter, Co-President

Katherine Sziraczky, Co-President

Ingrid Talavera-Gutierrez, Events Coordinator

Dr. Paula Tavrow, Faculty Advisor ptavrow at

Meet the new leaders

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, 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 ((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.


ingridtalavera-gutierrez_2016-17 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.

Some outgoing members share their reflections on what RHIG has meant to them:

“RHIG has served as an incredible resource for both knowledge and opportunities for involvement over the past two years. I have learned more about reproductive health, rights and justice than can be summarized in a few sentences and have developed a relationship with an incredible community of human beings whose passion for bettering the lives of others is apparent in their every action. I will forever be grateful for my time with them.” -Michelle Smudde, RHIG Advocacy Co-Chair

“Through the work we’ve done, RHIG has afforded me a tremendous opportunity to create my own topography of reproductive justice organizations, collaboratives, and institutions in Los Angeles. In this capacity, RHIG has facilitated my ability to plug into communities that affirm and support my commitment to reproductive justice. What’s more, RHIG has offered a context through which I have been able to meet so many wonderful people whose passion, compassion, and humility will continue to inspire me!” -Monica Ramsy, RHIG Secretary

“The past year serving on RHIG’s leadership team has been an honor. I am grateful for my colleagues and the intersectional framework from which we worked. This experience has complemented my studies perfectly and I will always look back on this time fondly.” -Sally Saleh, RHIG Treasurer 

“We want to send a big thank you to both the RHIG leadership team and RHIG members for the past year, which has been full of exciting projects and inspiring accomplishments! We’ve accomplished more than we imagined was possible over the past year, and are thrilled to welcome the new RHIG leadership team.”  -Suba Narasimhan & Sarah Jane Smith, RHIG Co-Presidents 

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