About SHAC

The UCLA Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) was established on the UCLA campus on November 2, 1972. SHAC was formed in order to provide formal student participation into the administration of UCLA Student Health Services (The Ashe Center).

As the officially recognized UCLA student committee charged with having oversight and input into the provision of health services as well as with fostering the overall health and wellbeing of UCLA students, SHAC has established formal relationships not only with the Ashe Center, but also with other administrative bodies associated with student health and wellness and organizations charged with the oversight of these programs. These programs include, but are not limited to: The Ashe Center, Student Affairs, the University of California Office of the President, Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS), the Undergraduate Student Association (USAC), and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).Our Charter & Bylaws.

Logo for UCLA Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

Our Charter

Read the UCLA SHAC Charter

SHAC Priorities


SHAC gathers and reviews information about students’ satisfaction with the Ashe Center and about challenges students encounter in obtaining care or using the Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). To do so, SHAC reviews anonymous feedback from Ashe Center kiosks, speaks with campus groups and representatives, and directly responds to student emails. SHAC also participates in information fairs and works with other student groups such as the Student Health Advocates (SHAs), Student Wellness Commission (SWC), Graduate Student Association (GSA) and Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC). We also host quarterly outreach and educational events for the entire student body.

Student Insurance Review

SHAC is part of the Executive Oversight Board that reviews the Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) including pharmacy, medical, behavioral health, dental, and vision coverage. In this role, SHAC makes recommendations about how to balance requests for new benefits and maintain affordable health plan costs for students.


In addition to conveying concerns and recommendations to UCLA student health administrators, SHAC is briefed on new initiatives and asked for input on potential changes to policies and services.

Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a SHAC member for the upcoming academic year, please contact your newly elected student government during Spring Quarter for more information. We encourage anyone interested in campus health care to apply. You must be a student in good academic standing, attend meetings regularly, and participate actively. The SHAC appointment is a two-year stipended position with a two-year commitment.

Are you a graduate student?

Visit the GSA website for more information, or e-mail the GSA president.

Are you an undergraduate student?

Visit the USAC website for more information, or e-mail the USAC​ President.

SHAC Meeting Calendar

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SHAC Meeting Minutes

See the latest SHAC meeting minutes by accessing their public Google Drive.

SHAC Meeting Minutes on Google Drive

If you have trouble accessing these meeting minutes, please contact shac@ashe.ucla.edu for assistance.

Contact SHAC

NOTICE: In order to protect your PRIVACY, please do NOT include any personal health information in the content of your message. This is NOT an encrypted (i.e. secure) mode of communication and confidentiality cannot be absolutely guaranteed.

If you have any comments about your experience with the student health services at UCLA and for general questions, please send us an email at shac@ashe.ucla.edu. For updates and to learn more, please follow us on Instagram.

UCLA SHAC on Instagram

SHAC meetings are open to all students, so please contact us by email if you would like to attend our next meeting.

Committee Members

Lauren Heiberg, SHAC Chair

Goal: To increase knowledge about and access to health resources at UCLA for all students through increased outreach and communication.

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Becca Nelson

Goal: To advocate for student's needs to provide high quality, affordable and accessible care for students of all backgrounds.

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Jay Patel

My goal is to educate students on their healthcare options, optimize the UCSHIP insurance plan, and advocate for at-risk students who need health care the most.

Jay Patel Headshot for SHAC

Natalie Gehred, SHAC Vice Chair

My goal as a SHAC member is: "to ensure that healthcare is accessible, affordable, and best serving the needs of all students here at UCLA."

Natalie Gehred Headshot for SHAC

Amanda Giuliano

Goal: To increase undergraduate/graduate student involvement in university-wide health initiatives and graduate student awareness of health services available at UCLA.

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Kaitlyn Hernandez

Goal: To take a cultural approach in advocating for all UCLA students to have access to equitable, high-quality healthcare and are all aware of the mental health resources available on campus.

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Ezinne Okonkwo

Goal: To increase awareness and knowledge of the various health services and resources UCLA has to offer. Through outreach and communication, I hope to reach and be an advocate for the UCLA Student Body, especially our more underrepresented communities.

Headshot of Ezinne Okonkwo for SHAC