About Us

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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

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 a process and outcome evaluation of the SisterWeb San Francisco Community Doula Network and a project to develop a person-centered measure of contraceptive need that can be used to track contraceptive access and

help re-envision contraceptive access initiatives. She has also worked on a project assessing the implementation of pharmacist-prescribed contraception in California’s Central Valley, the SOLARS project, and SHARE’s projects to develop new measures of pregnancy intention and test their relationship to contraceptive use, relational factors, and structural inequities. 

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 from 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 qualitative researcher on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) team at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. For nearly ten years, Stephanie has worked in health research with a focus on reproductive justice, health equity, and improving health outcomes for communities of color.

Stephanie has experience in a wide array of research processes, including research project coordination, participant recruitment, qualitative interviewing and analysis, and manuscript preparation. Her interests include the impacts of structural racism on the health of Black, Indigenous, and people of color throughout their lifetime, as well as interventions to address inequitable health outcomes. Currently, Stephanie is focusing on the evaluation of the Abundant Birth Project, an unconditional income supplement pilot program for pregnant Black and Pacific Islander people in San Francisco.

Stephanie earned an MPH in Maternal and Child Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2016, and a BA in Sociology from San Francisco State University in 2013. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys baking and reading.


Laura Brignone, PhD

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Visiting Scholar

Laura Brignone, PhD's scholarship focuses on healthcare and tech-based interventions for domestic violence. Her previous research has included an evaluation of women’s risk of being killed by an intimate partner based on pregnancy and parenting status, as well as a guide to assessing the utility of mobile apps for domestic violence survivors. At SHARE, she is continuing her dissertation research, which assessed changes in care for domestic violence and sexual assault

survivors seen in emergency departments after the introduction of Domestic Violence Report and Referral (DVRR), a digital referral program. Laura received her PhD and MSW from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in Music from Stanford University.

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Rachel Logan, PhD, MPH, CPH

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Research Associate

Dr. Rachel Logan, PhD, MPH, CPH is a public health researcher focused on health equity, reproductive justice, and improving sexual and reproductive health care for historically marginalized communities throughout the reproductive life course, particularly Black women. She is interested in using structurally informed frameworks to uncover the root causes of persistent inequities in sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Logan earned her PhD in public health with a concentration in Community and

Family Health from the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. She also received an MPH in Global and Community Health from the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University and a BS in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech.

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Ariana Bennett, MPH

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Doctoral Student Researcher

Ariana Bennett, MPH, is a doctoral student in the School of Public Health. She received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Sexuality and Health from the Mailman School of Public Health and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Before returning to school, Ariana conducted mixed methods research with family doctors working to integrate abortion and contraception into primary care through the Fellowship in Family Planning in Family Medicine. Her research interests include abortion access, sexual and reproductive health and health  care, and reproductive justice.


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.

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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 broadly include identifying

and implementing interventions and policies that ameliorate family poverty.

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Sagaree Jain

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Graduate Student Researcher

Sagaree is a writer, researcher, non profit worker, graduate and poet from the Silicon Valley currently working on a Masters of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. They also hold a BA in History with a minor in English from UC Berkeley. Before returning to Berkeley, Sagaree served as a John Gardner Fellow at Human Rights Watch, researching best practices in human rights interviewing and rights violations in HIV service delivery in Malaysia, and as a

Global Health Corps fellow at the Center for Health, Human Rights, and Development in Kampala, Uganda, supporting research on the impacts of the Global Gag Rule. In their free time, they perform poetry, practice yoga, and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Michaela Taylor, RN, PHN

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Graduate Student Researcher

Michaela Taylor is a registered nurse and graduate student at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her clinical experience includes health promotion and disease management and public health nursing with adolescents who were in the foster care system and/or were involved in the juvenile criminal legal system. Through her clinical experience, she became aware of the ways discriminatory health and social policies often take advantage of, rather than support people who have been

marginalized. Her passion to address the social and systemic injustices that create health inequities among communities of color in the U.S. is what drove her to pursue an MPH at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include racial health disparities in adolescent health, sexual health, and reproductive health.

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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.