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

Family asks Disney to represent disabled characters in its films

An online petition started by the parents of a toddler with Down Syndrome has gotten more than 75,000 signatures.

Many young black gay men with HIV are not getting treatment

The strong stigma associated with HIV in the black community has led a number of young African-American men with the disease to ignore their diagnosis.

Immigration reform: Obama to sign executive order; Republicans won't 'stand idle'

A day after announcing he would act to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, President Obama was in Las Vegas to sign the order Friday.

Will Truvada help young black gay men avoid HIV?

A South L.A. clinic is prescribing the drug, which helps prevent HIV infection. But some experts worry it could encourage risky behavior.

Tens of thousands still waiting for Medi-Cal coverage

The state has drastically cut its backlog of applications, but 170,000 remain in the pipeline. Some have been waiting a full year.

Tai Chi helps breast cancer survivors, study says

UCLA researchers found that among survivors with insomnia, the ancient martial art reduced inflammation, a risk factor for cancer recurrence.

Will new LA County program mean healthier unauthorized immigrants?

County officials and the clinics that serve immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally are calling My Health L.A. a game-changer.

California penalizes hospitals for medical errors

The state has identified 145 hospitals that have reported harming patients through medical error. It has withheld Medi-Cal reimbursements from at least 85 of them.

Covered California officials plan changes to make buying insurance easier

The director of the state health insurance exchange says the agency has corrected the mistakes it made during its first open enrollment period, in time for the start of this year's signups.

Spike in ER use after Medicaid expansion is only temporary, study says

The UCLA study concurs with an Oregon study about an initial jump in ER visits by new Medicaid patients, but UCLA's researchers found the rate plummets after a year.

Some fall through gaps in state's dental program for the poor

The state eliminated low-income adult dental coverage in 2009, then restored it earlier this year. But not all procedures are covered.

LA County launches health care program for uninsured immigrants

Immigrants in the country illegally are ineligible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning Wednesday, a new L.A. county program will offer them free care.

Billboard confronts parents of black gays with HIV

The nonprofit responsible for the billboard wants African-American parents to talk to their gay sons about the risk of HIV.

Half of gay and bisexual men with HIV not in treatment, study says

The CDC also finds just 42 percent had lowered their level of the virus enough to stay healthy and sharply cut the risk of passing on the disease.

Play explores tragedy and healing in Santa Ana's immigrant community

The Long Road Today includes about 100 cast and crew, made up mostly of Santa Ana residents. Their stories are woven into the play's plot.