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

Katherine Lewis
Co-President

Kate Lewis is a second-year MPH student in Community Health Sciences who is interested in sexual health, LGBTQ+ health promotion, HIV prevention, and qualitative research methods. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2021 with a degree in Community and Global Public Health and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. Kate has experience working on research projects focused on the mental health of gay and bisexual men in Kenya, HIV prevention and treatment adherence among youth in Los Angeles and New Orleans, mental health among transgender women of color in Detroit, and sexual health of sex workers in India. She also has experience working in sexual violence prevention, health communication, and graphic design. In her free time, Kate enjoys exploring LA, snowboarding, going to the beach, and watching UMich football.

Ashley Lopez
Co-President

Ashley Lopez (she/her) is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences with a current focus in reproductive justice, violence prevention and policy, and food studies. Additionally, she volunteers with the Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA to provide transportation services for individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations.


Before coming to UCLA, Ashley graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. She previously worked in the education sector and taught English to Myanmar refugees during a study abroad trip to Thailand. In her free time, you can find Ashley outdoors enjoying the LA weather, practicing yoga, or taking care of her many plants.

Frankie Guevara
Treasurer

Frankie Guevara is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences with a focus in health education, health communication, and advocacy. His interests are primarily focused on examining the role and impact of society and culture on sexual and reproductive health, and how we can improve communication strategies to keep people informed about their health. Frankie also currently works as the Bixby Program Assistant for the UCLA Bixby Program on Population and Reproductive Health.

Frankie graduated from California State University, Fullerton with bachelor’s degrees in Public Health and American Studies. He has previously served as a Certified Peer Educator through NASPA’s BACCHUS initiative for the Sexual Health and Violence Prevention Team at Cal State Fullerton’ Student Wellness Center. This is where his passion for public health started because he loved making connections with individuals and being able to personally assist them when it came to certain concerns with health and well-being.


Outside of his professional and academic life, Frankie has run four LA marathons and likes to explore the outdoors whether it's going on a hike or driving up the coast to a new beach. He also loves spending time with his niece and nephew.

Kathy Vu
Secretary

Kathy Vu is a second year MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences and is interested in public health advocacy, health policy, and sexual and reproductive health. She has experience working on nationwide and statewide legislation and ballot measures, policy analysis, HIV and STD research and prevention, advocacy campaigns, and publishing editorials and academic papers. Kathy currently works at AIDS Healthcare Foundation after graduating with her Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Global Health from UCLA (go double Bruins!). In her free time, she loves reading, doting on her cats, and traveling with friends.