Adrian Florido Community Health Reporter

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Adrian Florido is KPCC's Community Health Reporter.

Prior to joining KPCC, Adrian worked as a reporter for the Fronteras Desk at public radio station KPBS in San Diego, where he covered the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrant and tribal communities, demographics, and culture.

Before that Adrian worked as a staff writer at Voice of San Diego, where he reported on San Diego neighborhoods, immigrant and under-served communities, as well as development, planning, land use and transportation. For a year, he delivered a weekly television segment on NBC San Diego.

Adrian is a Southern California native who earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. He majored in history with an emphasis on the U.S. and Latin America. In college he was news editor at the student paper, the Chicago Maroon, and also spent time reporting from Capitol Hill and working with the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.

When he's not reporting, he's out running, seeking out good coffee or listening to good music. He has a special affinity for Son Jarocho, a traditional music from the Mexican state of Veracruz. He travels there as often as possible to learn from old-time musicians.

Stories by Adrian Florido

A push to end violence against transgender immigrants

Immigrant rights groups are expanding their work to combat violence against transgender immigrants, many of whom say they've been victims of attacks.

Soda companies promise to lower calorie consumption, but nutrionists are wary

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr. Pepper Snapple say they want to reduce calorie consumption froms sugary drinks by 20 percent by 2025.

LA health care for unauthorized immigrants shows promise, but challenges remain

My Health L.A. gives clinics a financial incentive to keep their patients healthier. Clinics are searching for ways to do that without breaking the bank.

Americans rank cost and transparency as top health care priorities

While politicians focus on the Affordable Care Act, most Americans are more concerned with keeping healthcare affordable, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey finds.

More healthy options in South LA, but old eating habits die hard

Nonprofit groups have started farmers markets, planted community gardens and converted corner stores. But the real work is getting people to eat healthier.

A new shelter in East LA provides sanctuary for homeless women

A Boyle Heights nonprofit opened the women-only shelter. Advocates say homeless women are particularly vulnerable because of the possibility of sexual violence.

State launches ad campaign against e-cigarettes

State public health officials began airing TV ads on Monday, and will also buy space on billboards and online warning against e-cigarette use.

South LA fast food ban has not improved health, study says

The Rand study finds that obesity and fast food consumption have increased in the area in the six years since the ban on new fast food restaurants took effect.

Blood tests for Exide neighbors extended for at least 5 years

The deal to close the Vernon battery recycler includes money to test neighbors' blood for lead. But community leaders have mixed feelings.

Exide to shut down permanently under deal with US Attorney

The deal ends a federal criminal investigation over environmental pollution and absolves liability for the embattled company while preserving money for cleanup.

Feinstein and Boxer: Let pregnant women buy health coverage anytime

Current rules allow women to buy coverage outside of open enrollment if they're giving birth, but not when they become pregnant.

LA City Council approves curbside planting of fruits and vegetables

Homeowners will no longer need an expensive permit to grow vegetables or certain types of fruit on that strip of land between the street and the sidewalk.

LA is more than halfway to its goal of 50 new, small parks

Partnering with nonprofit groups, the city is putting parks on everything from vacant lots to traffic medians.

California lawmaker tries to expand nurse practitioners' authority

State Sen. Ed Hernandez says letting nurse practitioners diagnose and treat patients without a doctor's supervision would ease the shortage of primary care providers.

Covered California extends deadline to buy health insurance, again

Californians now have until April 30 to buy coverage and avoid a tax penalty for 2015, but only if they say that they were not aware they faced the penalty.