Elizabeth Aguilera Community Health Reporter

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Elizabeth Aguilera is KPCC's Community Health Reporter.

Elizabeth is an experienced, award-winning beat reporter who has spent the bulk of her career in print. For the past three years she was been a staff writer at U-T San Diego, where she covered immigration and demographics. In 2013, Elizabeth traveled to Mexico to cover cross-border sex trafficking. She covered urban affairs, immigration, and business during a seven-year stint at the Denver Post, and has also worked for the Orange County Register and Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Elizabeth says that, throughout her career, her work has focused on the intersection of people and policy.

An L.A. native, Elizabeth has a B.A. in political science and journalism from Pepperdine University, and a M.A in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School.

Stories by Elizabeth Aguilera

On the front lines of the fight against Type 2 diabetes

The work runs the gamut from farmers markets, fitness programs and diabetes summer camps to research on genes, vitamin D and gastric bypass surgery.

A family's struggles with Type 2 diabetes

The disease has hit three generations of the Torres-Montes family. The teenager has a hard time resisting fried food. Her mom admits she's not taking her meds.

LAUSD to remove lead-tainted soil from 2 schools near Exide

Cleanup of contaminated tree wells at Lorena and Rowan Elementary Schools will start as soon as this weekend; work on lawn areas will come later.

'Spice' suspected of sickening more on Skid Row

Fire officials believe the drug, a synthetic that mimics the effects of marijuana but can be much more potent, has sent more than 50 to the hospital since Friday.

Jordan Downs demo to start despite contamination concerns

Activists call for more soil sampling and cleanup before buildings are torn down and more dust is stirred up, but the housing authority is moving forward.

More soil tests for lead-tainted schools near Exide

State toxics regulators took additional samples last week from four elementary schools near the shuttered battery recycler.

A home lost to fire; determination to rebuild

After losing their house to the Colby Fire, Gena and John Palo never considered not rebuilding on the same spot in the Glendora foothills. "This is my home," she says.

A program to help deaf and hard-of-hearing English learners

These kids are at a double disadvantage in school. USC's Come Read with Me program works with children and their parents to close the learning gap.

African-Americans get flu shots less than any other group

UCLA researchers looked at health data on more than 27 million Californians and found that the rates of immunization varied by ethnicity.

LA County sues SoCal Gas over shut-off valves

In the wake of the massive Porter Ranch gas leak, the county seeks to force the company to install underground shut-off valves on all of its wells.

Last of the Maywood fire evacuees can go home

Last month's explosive industrial fire forced the evacuation of 43 households. Officials say they have now removed all toxic metals that landed in yards and homes.

High lead levels found at 5 schools near Exide

Tests find elevated levels in yards where kids play before and after class at two elementary schools. Regulators have not yet decided whether to remove the tainted soil.

An inside look at the world of drug presentations

Drug makers paid Dr. Jason Kellogg $355,000 in 2014, mostly in speaking fees. He defends the practice against critics, calling it an effective way to educate providers.

Maywood fire: LA moves displaced to motels, cleanup continues

Two weeks after the huge industrial fire, nearly 200 people have accepted L.A. County's offer to put them up in motel rooms until they get the all-clear to go home.

Maywood fire evacuees can't return home yet

After a suggestion that the all-clear could come by Saturday, L.A. County Public Health says it will take "several days" to release the results of indoor air samples.