Cristina Gomez-Vidal is a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on how political bodies and processes contribute to the manufacturing of health inequities. Cristina’s professional experience includes over twelve years in the health and nonprofit management sector in California’s Central Valley. She is dedicated to lifting up the visibility of those who are rendered insignificant through lack of representation in research and local and state government systems and policies, including small populations that live in our urban fringes and rural unincorporated communities. Currently, she is examining maternal and infant health in unincorporated communities and underrepresentation as a fundamental cause of health. Cristina is also currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and Berkeley Empirical legal Scholar.