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

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.

Dozens quarantined as health agencies try to stem measles outbreak

Orange County is working to reach "hundreds, if not thousands" of people potentially exposed. San Diego officials have contacted more than 300.

Green alleys: Pilot project to collect rainwater, beautify neighborhoods

Two alleys in South L.A. will soon get a makeover. The asphalt will be replaced with a surface that filters and collects water. Lighting, trees and artwork will transform the alleys into semi-parks.

Disneyland measles tally up, OC high school students kept home

Twenty-three unvaccinated students at Huntington Beach High School are being forced to stay home, after a classmate contracted measles.

How do you turn a tagger into an entrepreneur?

Santa Monica-based Streetcraft L.A. shows taggers and other troubled youth how to turn their artistic talent into a source of legitimate income.

LA County to add nearly 200 staff to help the mentally ill

County supervisors voted to accept a $31 million state grant to create special teams to connect mentally ill people with mental health, medical and other services.

In effort to help Central American children win asylum, two professions collide

Attorneys need evidence of the traumas children have suffered back home, but therapists often want to avoid making a child relive the trauma.

Feds find many errors in Medicaid provider lists

Half of the doctors on Medicaid provider lists were either not practicing at the listed location or not seeing new patients.

Downtown LA fire: $10M damage estimate, update on p.m. commute

A massive fire Monday destroyed a still-under-construction apartment complex along the 110 freeway, damaged the LADWP headquarters, and shut portions of two major freeways.

Senator Lara tries again on immigrant health care bill

The bill would grant Medi-Cal and health insurance subsidies to uninsured immigrants living in the country illegally.