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

Activists push to end FDA ban on gay men donating blood

The Red Cross and the AMA also call for an end to the ban, saying it is based on outdated science.

Participation still low in blood testing program for Exide neighbors

Nearly five months into the six-month program to test thousands of Exide neighbors for lead contamination, only 160 people have been tested.

In East LA, a clinic specializes in saving diabetics' limbs

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.

West Nile Virus returns to Los Angeles County

Two cases of the mosquito-borne disease are the first reported in Los Angeles County this year.

Campaign encourages blacks and Latinos to check their blood pressure

A South L.A. nonprofit is conducting an outreach effort and providing free hypertension screenings through August.

Despite health claims, sports drinks unhealthy, says study

Researchers at UC Berkeley analyzed the ingredients of popular energy and sports drinks like Red Bull, Gatorade and Vitamin Water.

OC cases of mercury contamination highlight dangers of skin lightening

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.

Study: Poor diabetics up to 10 times more likely to suffer amputations

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.

Consumer advocates take Medi-Cal backlog fight to the feds

A consumer coalition asks the federal government to force the state to take steps recommended by the advocates.

LA-area clinics win federal mental health grants

The federal grants to 11 clinics in L.A. and San Bernardino will be used to integrate mental health service into primary care.

Nutrition Society paper on processed food draws colleagues' ire

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.

Study: 3/4 of children with mental health needs don't get treated

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.

California outlines plan to clear Medi-Cal backlog

State health officials say they expect to process most of the 600,000 currently pending Medi-Cal applications within six weeks.

California's uninsured cut in half under Obamacare, survey finds

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.

Few of Exide's neighbors have gotten blood tests for lead

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.