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

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.

About a thousand wait in line for inaugural marijuana farmers' market

Organizers say its a way to connect growers and users without the middleman of a dispensary. All visitors had to produce a medical marijuana card.

World Cup: Down on her luck, a Mexico fan finds a pickup in soccer

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.

First Person: Leah Gallegos brings yoga to East LA

At People's Yoga young Chicanas practice alongside elderly Japanese women. They may speak different languages, but they are "creating a community together."

Could 'Great Streets' lead to a healthier Boyle Heights?

Local residents talk about navigating cracked sidewalks and having no bike lanes.

California teen birth rate continues to fall

The teen birth rate fell 9 percent from 2011 to 2012. Latinas still have the state's highest rate.

Advocates push LA County to insure more unauthorized immigrants

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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center to open in south LA

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center will offer greatly expanded services on the campus of the old King/Drew Medical Center.

Lara: Expanding Medi-Cal to unauthorized immigrants would top $350M

The state senator has authored a bill to provide subsidized private health insurance and Medi-Cal to immigrants in California illegally.

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.