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
Mexico fans watched Sunday's World Cup match in bars restaurants and living rooms. Irma Garahi, who is homeless, watched it on a sidewalk downtown.
At People's Yoga young Chicanas practice alongside elderly Japanese women. They may speak different languages, but they are "creating a community together."
Local residents talk about navigating cracked sidewalks and having no bike lanes.
The teen birth rate fell 9 percent from 2011 to 2012. Latinas still have the state's highest rate.
After a bill stalls at the state level, immigrant advocates pin their hopes on expanding an L.A. County program that provides healthcare to immigrants in the US illegally.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center will offer greatly expanded services on the campus of the old King/Drew Medical Center.
The state senator has authored a bill to provide subsidized private health insurance and Medi-Cal to immigrants in California illegally.
Researchers at UCLA found that one out of every three hospital beds in California is occupied by a person with diabetes.
Advocates for the poor want the state to restore an earlier 10 percent cut to the reimbursement rate for doctors who treat Medi-Cal patients.
The grant will expand Market Match, a program that gives poor families a dollar-for-dollar match if they use their food stamps at farmers markets.
Advocates want the state insurance commissioner to investigate specialty tiers, which insurers use to require patients to pay a larger share of the cost of specialty drugs.
Advocates say the next big step in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act is making sure people who are newly insured know how to use their coverage.
The state legislature eliminated Medi-Cal dental coverage for adults in 2009. But much of that coverage has been restored, effective Thursday.
The senator is pressing hospitals to do more to reduce errors that, according to a recent study, kill between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year.
Differences in personal information kept by L.A. County and the state meant about 5,000 low-income people were not moved from an interim county program onto Medi-Cal.