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

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.

Promising new HIV treatment revealed in study

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a new way to possibly block new HIV infections, much like a vaccine.

Should Calif. allow parents to skip vaccines on religious grounds?

As lawmakers draft a bill, critics of the religious exemption argue that it provides a loophole for parents who oppose vaccines for personal, not religious, reasons.

Trouble sleeping? UCLA researchers say meditation might help

Adults who learned to meditate reported better sleep than those who took a course on sleep habits and relaxation.

Vaccines and religion: Should one trump the other?

Public health advocates debate defenders of religious freedom over whether California should continue to let parents skip their children's vaccines on religious grounds.

Faith and vaccines: No major religion opposes immunization

Forty-eight states allow for an exemption to vaccination on religious grounds. California's two U.S. Senators call the religious exemption "flawed."

Most are keeping their Covered California plans for a second year

Of the 1 million people eligible to renew their coverage, about one-third are shopping around. As of December, 54,000 had switched plans.