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.

Interested in becoming a member? Please email us at uclarhig@gmail.com for more information and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

Leadership

Imani Wilson-Shabazz
President

Imani Wilson-Shabazz is a first-year MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences. She is interested in sexual and reproductive health specifically as it relates to comprehensive sex education and sexual wellness for women of color who engage in alternative sexual practices. She is also interested in the effects that holistic birthing practices have on pregnancy complications for women of color. Imani completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Southern California with a double major in Cognitive Science and Human Sexuality. Imani previously did work for the Center for Positive Sexuality in research and education, volunteered with Peer Health Exchange, worked on a task force to create university policy to curtail sexual assault at USC, and conducted independent research as a McNair Scholar. In her free time, Imani likes to read, watch movies, practice yoga, and host dinner parties with friends and family.

Erica Browning
Treasurer

Erica Browning (she/hers) is a first-year MPH student in the Community Health Sciences department. She grew up in rural Ohio, and moved to Illinois for undergrad at Olivet Nazarene University. She got her degree in Political Science and Psychology, and spent a semester researching gender barriers in politics at Oxford University in the U.K. Before starting her graduate degree she worked with the City of San Diego as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and as a program specialist with Jewish Family Service of San Diego. These jobs helped her learn more about community health in specific populations including, people experiencing homelessness and migrant communities.

Erica's current areas of interest focus on sexual and reproductive health for LGBTQ+ populations, SRH access for young adults, and how alternative and traditional medical traditions can increase bodily autonomy within gender and sexual minorities. In addition to her leadership on RHIG, she is a part of the Queers for Public Health strategic planning committee, and an active member of the Bixby Journal Club. Before COVID-19, Erica loved international travel, visiting friends in Bali, Nicaragua, and Italy to name a few. She tries to balance out her school work by taking breaks to bake for her housemates, practice yoga, and read fantasy novels. She is excited for all the creative ways RHIG is promoting telehealth virtually, and hopes to be together in person soon.

Amber Guerra
Social Committee Chair

Amber Guerra is a first year Master of Public Health student in Community Health Sciences. She has a deep interest in preventative care, health education, advocacy, and health policy related to women's health, family planning, and sexual and reproductive health. She is driven to advocate for advancing access to adequate resources and services that individuals and couples need to make reproductive decisions that will benefit their physical and mental health and well-being. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, trying new food, and spending time with friends and family.

Kate Peters
Advocacy Committee Chair

Kate Peters is a first-year student in the Community Health Sciences Department within the Fielding School of Public Health. She comes to Fielding after working both internationally and domestically in the SRHR space. Most recently, Kate was the Abortion Coordinator in UCLA Health's OB-GYN department where she counseled patients and coordinated patient care, along with supporting and recruiting for the Family Planning Division's research work. Kate aims to keep the patients and people she's served at the heart of the advocacy work that she helps lead as the Advocacy Committee lead. When she's not fighting for reproductive justice or studying, Kate loves riding her bike and going on hikes in the Angeles National Forest.