Adrian Florido Community Health Reporter
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
Nearly five months into the six-month program to test thousands of Exide neighbors for lead contamination, only 160 people have been tested.
Diabetics in low income neighborhoods like East L.A. are up to ten times more likely to have a limb amputated than diabetics in wealthier neighborhoods. The New Hope Podiatry Group is one of a number of clinics that try to change that equation.
Two cases of the mosquito-borne disease are the first reported in Los Angeles County this year.
A South L.A. nonprofit is conducting an outreach effort and providing free hypertension screenings through August.
Researchers at UC Berkeley analyzed the ingredients of popular energy and sports drinks like Red Bull, Gatorade and Vitamin Water.
Up to 40 people were exposed to dangerous levels of mercury after women in six households used skin lightening creams laced with the toxic metal.
Diabetics living in poorer neighborhoods like Compton and East L.A. are up to 10 times more likely to need an amputation than those in Beverly Hills and Malibu.
A consumer coalition asks the federal government to force the state to take steps recommended by the advocates.
The federal grants to 11 clinics in L.A. and San Bernardino will be used to integrate mental health service into primary care.
A paper published in a leading nutrition journal said processed food is an important part of the American diet, prompting some nutritionists to cry foul.
Researchers at UCLA say language barriers and stigma, rather than lack of insurance, are the likely reasons why many children go without mental health care.
State health officials say they expect to process most of the 600,000 currently pending Medi-Cal applications within six weeks.
The Commonwealth Fund survey found that 22 percent of the state's adults were uninsured before enrollment began last fall; by last month, that number had fallen to 11 percent.
The county sent a notice about the tests to 30,000 homes, but so far only 150 people have had their blood tested, and only one has had an elevated lead level.
Organizers say its a way to connect growers and users without the middleman of a dispensary. All visitors had to produce a medical marijuana card.