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
Elevated lead in soil at a local preschool and homes worries local communities. State officials don't require lead testing at child care sites. Find out how to get tested here.
The state revised the program to make it more effective. L.A. County says the new approach means it will be able to serve roughly half as many women.
Health officials hope the declining number of deaths means the especially severe flu season is easing up.
A statewide survey finds that 7 out of 10 stores have outdoor advertising for alcohol, tobacco products, and junk food. A number are near schools.
The elevated rate of infant mortality for black babies has been well documented but poorly understood. Researchers are developing new theories.
The short videos by six local artists offer their takes on obesity, mental health, lead, and more.They will air on Metro buses through March.
State Senator Ricardo Lara says he still does not know how his bill would be funded, or how much it would cost taxpayers.
State Senator Ricardo Lara plans to introduce a bill that would use state money to make Medi-Cal and private health insurance subsidies available to undocumented immigrants.
As the state prepares to restore dental coverage for poor adults this spring, dentists say many have suffered major dental problems in the years that they went without coverage.
United Healthcare Workers West wants to limit what hospitals can charge for services to 25 percent above actual cost.
As of Jan. 18, state health officials had confirmed nearly 100 deaths; at this rate, the seasonal toll will far outpace last season's total.
The agency says it's still on track to meet or beat enrollment projections. New data indicate a higher percentage of Latino enrollment.
About 400 people took home free apple, apricot, nectarine and peach trees Saturday to plant in their yards. Organizers say finding a place to plant them may be hard.
Health officials say a particularly deadly strain of the H1N1 virus is responsible for the high death toll.
Wednesday is the last day to pay the first month's premium for Jan. 1 coverage. It's also the last day to sign up for coverage that starts Feb. 1.