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

Corinne Zahlis, Co-President

Kyle Ryan, Co-President

Sara Beth Harrell, Inter-Organizational Co-Chair

Caroline Chou, Inter-Organizational Co-Chair

Emily Abrahams, Treasurer and Events Coordinator

Carey Walovich, Creating Space Co-Project Manager

Leah McConnell, Creating Space Co-Project Manager

Gillian Foley, Advocacy Chair

Dr. Paula Tavrow, Faculty Advisor ptavrow at

Meet the new leaders

Corinne Zahlis(Co-President) is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Health Policy and Management (Policy Track). She has a particular interest in the legal/policy environment surrounding women’s and adolescent health, and how these structures can empower young people and families to make the health choices that are right for them. Corinne 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. In her free time, Corinne bakes cookies and runs half marathons.

Kyle Ryan (Co-President) is a second-year MSPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences. He is interested in HIV/STI treatment and prevention and sexual minority health. In addition to serving as one of RHIG’s co-presidents, 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, yoga, and catching a stand-up comedy show.

Sara Beth Harrell (Inter-Organizational Co-Chair) is a first year MPH student in the department of Community Health Sciences. Her reproductive health interests surround improving access to contraceptives and sex education resources on college campuses and advocating for women who have been victims of sexual violence. Sara Beth attended Tulane University where she studied Public Health and Gender Studies. Prior to joining the UCLA community, she worked with Veterans with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder at the National Center for PTSD in Palo Alto, California, and this experience sparked her interest in pursuing work with women who have been victims of sexual violence. Outside of RHIG, Sara Beth volunteers with the UCLA Mobile Clinic and enjoys yoga, wine tasting, and exploring LA’s food scene.

Caroline Chou (Inter-Organizational Co-Chair) is a first year MS student in the Community Health Sciences Department. She is interested in reproductive health justice and promoting comprehensive sex education in schools. She graduated with B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA in 2015 and has worked in basic science research laboratories studying the progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Caroline previously has worked with LA for Choice, which helped her experience first-hand the injustice surrounding a woman’s right to choose what is best for her. In her free time, Caroline likes to read and tries her best to reduce her coffee intake.


Emily Abrahams (Treasurer and Events Coordinator) grew up in Northern California in the mountainous area of Lake Tahoe. She received a B.A. from California State University, Monterey Bay majoring in Public Health and Social Work and minoring in Spanish Language and Culture. She came back to her home community to serve in Americorps as a family advocate focusing on preventing child abuse by strengthening families. After, she took her commitment to social justice abroad while she served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua as a community development and health volunteer. Here she worked in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, maternal-infant health and HIV prevention and mitigation. This increased her knowledge and commitment to sexual and reproductive health and advocacy. She is now pursuing a Master’s in Public Health in the area of Community Health Sciences and is on the RHIG team as the Treasurer and Events Coordinator. When she is not advocating for reproductive health you can find her out in nature, cooking yummy meals or getting active.

Carey Walovich (Creating Space Co-Project Manager) is a second year MPH student in the Community Health Sciences department. Creating Space is a RHIG-sponsored project working to improve lactation accommodation, services and policies at UCLA. Carey graduated from St. Mary’s College of California with a BA in Politics with a focus in International Relations, and a minor in Communication. Carey’s interests include maternal and child health, ensuring safe birth outcomes and increasing global access to contraceptives. Before pursuing her Master’s degree, Carey worked for the SF-Marin Food Bank and United States Antarctic Program.

Leah McConnell (Creating Space Co-Project Manager) is a second-year MPH student in the Community Health Sciences Department. She completed her undergraduate degree at Clark University with a major in Geography and a minor in Urban Development and Social Change. She then worked for three years at Horizons for Homeless Children, a non-profit in Boston advocating for the needs of homeless families. Seeing the impacts of inequitable services for homeless populations sparked Leah’s interest in public health and drove her to pursue an MPH. At UCLA, her research has focused on improving access to resources among vulnerable populations and addressing the mental health needs of adolescents. In her free time, Leah enjoys seeing live music, reading, running, cooking, and watching endless hours of trash television.

Gillian Foley (Advocacy Chair) is a second-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. Her medical interests include women’s health and general reproductive health, which she is continuing to explore through advocacy and research. Gillian currently serves as a co-coordinator for UCLA’s chapter of Medical Students for Choice and also is conducting a research project on the topic of HPV and cervical cancer. Outside of school and medicine, she spends her free time reading, going to concerts, baking, singing along to show tunes, and listening to podcasts.



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