About Us


Dr. Anu Manchikanti Gómez (CV)

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Director, Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) Program

Associate Professor, Berkeley Social Welfare

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Gómez has worked as a health equity researcher with a focus on reproduction and sexuality throughout the life course. She has conducted research both in the US and globally on diverse topics, including contraceptive use, abortion, HIV prevention, gender equity, transgender health, and violence against women and children. Dr. Gómez's current research focuses on three areas: (1) the measurement and meaning of pregnancy planning; (2) understanding contraceptive

decision-making within social, relational and structural contexts; and (3) evaluatingthe impact of and evidence base for policies related to reproductive health. She also serves as a co-PI on SOLARS, a prospective, longitudinal cohort study funded by UCSF's Preterm Birth Initiative. SOLARS aims to describe the relationship between psychosocial stress and preterm birth in Black and Hispanic/Latina women in Oakland and Fresno, California. She currently collaborates with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco; the Guttmacher Institute; Planned Parenthood Northern California; and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. Dr. Gómez's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Society for Family Planning Research Fund, the Berkeley Population Center, the Institute for Research on Labor and Education at UCB, and the Resource Allocation Program of UCSF. 

Dr. Gómez earned her PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. She also received an MSc in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University.

Many of Dr. Gómez's full-text publications can be found on the University of California's eScholarship platform.

Jennet Arcara, PhD, MPH, MPP

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Postdoctoral Researcher
Email: jarcara@berkeley.edu

Jennet Arcara is a multi-method reproductive health researcher whose research focuses on structural inequities and reproductive health, including the roles of gender, autonomy, and power in reproductive and maternal health decision-making, access, and experiences. At SHARE, she collaborates on several mixed methods projects. Currently, she focuses on an extensive process and outcome evaluation of San Francisco’s community doula initiative and a project assessing the implementation

of pharmacist-prescribed contraception in the Central Valley of California. She has alsoworked on SHARE’s projects to develop new measures of pregnancy intention and test their relationship to contraceptive use, relational factors, and structural inequities. Her dissertation research examined abortion in urban North India, addressing self-managed abortion, women’s autonomy, and pregnancy outcomes from a multilevel perspective. Jennet received her PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received an MPH in Global Health with a concentration in Reproductive Health and Population Studies from Emory University; an MPP with a concentration in Gender and International Development the University of Minnesota; and a BA in Anthropology and Foreign Languages from Syracuse University.

Stephanie Arteaga, MPH

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Research Associate

Stephanie Arteaga is a Research Associate on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) team at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. Stephanie earned a MPH in Maternal and Child Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2016. Over the past three years, she has worked in sexual and reproductive health research focusing on gay men, women of color, and adolescents, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Society for Family Planning Research Fund. She is fluent in Spanish (written and oral), and

has experience in many aspects of the research process, including coordination ofall aspects of data collection, including IRB protocol preparation and submission, participant recruitment, qualitative interviewing, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and manuscript preparation. 

Mayra K. Cazares–Minero, MSW

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Doctoral Student Researcher

Mayra Cazares-Minero, MSW is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Welfare. She received her Master of Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley and her BA from University of California at Riverside. Mayra has done both clinical work with and research on at-risk youth and families, particularly foster youth and pregnant/parenting foster youth. Her current research focuses on resilience among former foster youth who are attending 4-year universities. With her research she hopes to shift the common focus of risk and dysfunction in foster youth

to their strengths and resilience. Mayra also has taken formal courses on measurement and has experience with measure development which she aims to translate in her work in the contraceptive need project.

Monica De La Cruz, MPH

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Doctoral Student Researcher

Monica De La Cruz, MPH is a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare. She received her Master of Public Health from the University of San Francisco and her BS from San Francisco State University. Prior to beginning the doctorate program, Monica worked as a social science researcher at the Pediatric Advocacy Program at the Stanford School of Medicine. Monica has experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs and conducting qualitative research studies. Her current research interests include identifying and implementing interventions and policies that broadly ameliorate family poverty.

Brianna Luna

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Undergraduate Student Researcher

Brianna Luna is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Media Studies with a double minor in Journalism and African American Studies. At SHARE, Bri is involved in various projects related to reproductive health and contraceptive access. As a researcher for the community-focused coalition Central Valley Voices for Access (CVVA), she collaborates alongside pharmacists and researchers advocating for direct pharmacy access to birth control specifically in the Central Valley. Bri manages the social media account

for CVVA, where she creates infographics and other forms of media engagement to display survey findings and public health resources catered to the San Joaquin region of California. She is also a producer and co-moderator of the podcast series “Reproductive Health Equity in Pharmacy Practice”, which is set to release four episodes by Spring 2021 alongside co-moderator Sally Rafie, PharmD, BCPS, APH, NCMP, FCCP. She is a freelance writer, as well as a photographer for The Daily Californian, with interests in graphic design and creative campaign organizing.  As a part of SHARE, Bri hopes to expand her knowledge on reproductive equity in order to pursue a career within the social justice realm and uplift her community in the Central Valley. 


Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program
University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare
113B Haviland Hall, MC 7400
Berkeley, CA 94720-7400



Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program

University of California, Berkeley






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