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

Study: Diabetes adds extra cost to hospital stays

Researchers at UCLA found that one out of every three hospital beds in California is occupied by a person with diabetes.

Advocates push for restoration of higher Medi-Cal reimbursement rates

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.

$2.5M grant tries to coax poor families to buy more produce

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 seek to curb patient bills for specialty drugs

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.

Obamacare: Newly insured often don't know how to use their policy

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.

State restores Medi-Cal dental coverage for adults

The state legislature eliminated Medi-Cal dental coverage for adults in 2009. But much of that coverage has been restored, effective Thursday.

Senator Boxer touts efforts to reduce deadly hospital mistakes

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.

Snafu keeps thousands of low-income Angelenos out of Medi-Cal

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.

LA's e-cigarette ban takes effect Saturday

Here's what you need to know about L.A.'s ban on smoking e-cigarettes in public places.

First Person: Carlos Morales brings bicycling culture to east LA

When Morales founded the Eastside Bike Club in 2008, he weighed 400 pounds. Today he's fit and healthy, and using biking to spread the gospel of healthy living.

For poor kids, fewer dentists, but a pilot program offers hope

Fewer and fewer dentists will accept poor kids on Denti-Cal because of low reimbursement rates. A pilot program suggests that hygienists could help fill the gap.

Exide neighbors can get blood tests for lead

County health officials say anyone living within two miles of the troubled battery recycler can have their blood tested for free.

More than 500,000 Californians still signing up for health insurance

Those who started their applications before midnight on March 31st have until April 15th to finish enrolling. In addition, Latino enrollment jumped in March.

LA County grapples with health care plan for those in the US illegally

The county plans to spend $56 million a year on a managed care-type program. Immigrant advocates want the county to double the funding.

Why the jury is still out on e-cigarettes

The product's chemical composition is constantly changing, making it very hard for researchers to design studies to assess e-cigarettes' effects.