Helen Arega, MA

Program Director, Oakland

Helen Arega – holds a MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a concentration in Reproductive Health. After moving to California in 2014, she further pursued her passion and education for sacred birth and became a full-spectrum community based-doula, ultimately, co-founding Roots of Labor Birth Collective. Helen is a birth worker, activist, researcher and educator. She is a member of Black Women Birthing Justice and currently serves as the Program Director for the ACTIONS Fellowship; focusing on reproductive health and justice at University of California San Francisco-School of Nursing. She has contributed to a few publications on reproductive justice; Battling Over Birth produced by Black Women Birthing Justice and a book chapter in Moving Life Course Theory Into Action edited by Sarah VerBiest DrPH, MSW, MPH; The Criminal Justice System’s Impact on Intergenerational Health.
  1. Chambers BD, Arabia SE, Arega HA, Altman MR, Berkowitz R, Feuer SK, Franck LS, Gomez AM, Kober K, Pacheco-Werner T, Paynter RA, Prather AA, Spellen SA, Stanley D, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, McLemore MR. Exposures to Structural Racism and Racial Discrimination among Pregnant and Early Postpartum Black Women living in Oakland, California. 2020. PMID: 31919987