Elizabeth Aguilera Senior Reporter, Health

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Elizabeth Aguilera is a Senior Reporter for KPCC's health desk.

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

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

The California Department of Public Health's report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine.

Younger doctors need a measles crash course

Because measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, the majority of younger physicians have never seen it. So hospitals have launched an education campaign.

Disney measles outbreak has parents scrambling to vaccinate kids

Local pediatricians say a lot of anxious parents are checking on their kids' vaccination status, and deciding to no longer delay vaccinations.

Calif. lawmakers introduce right-to-die bill

The bill would give a patient with six months or less to live the right to end his life with prescription medications. At least one disability rights group is opposed.

Covered California woos Latinos and Blacks

With one month left in open enrollment, Covered California reaches out to large numbers of Latinos and African-Americans who started but didn't finish signing up.

One more month to get 2015 health insurance or face a tax penalty

Tax penalties for most of those who do not have insurance are larger for 2015: About $1,000 for a family of four or 2 percent of income, whichever is greater.

Kaiser mental health workers start one-week strike

Thousands of Kaiser Permanente mental health workers and other staff walk out over allegedly inadequate staffing. Kaiser calls the move a negotiating tactic.

Supporters, opponents clash over proposed sale of nonprofit hospitals

Hundreds attended a public hearing in Lynwood Monday on the pending sale of the six Daughters of Charity hospitals to Ontario-based Prime Healthcare.

Attorney General to review hospital sale

State Attorney General's office hosts public hearings tied to controversial sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals to Prime Healthcare.

Medicare penalizes 79 Calif. hospitals for infections, injuries

For the first time the federal government is penalizing hospitals with high rates of infections and injuries by cutting payments.

Teens using e-cigs more than cigarettes, study finds

A national survey finds nearly 9 percent of middle schoolers had tried an e-cigarette in the past month, while 4 percent had smoked a tobacco cigarette.

Hookah and snus users more likely to start on cigarettes: study

The researchers found young people who try smokeless tobacco products are more likely to graduate to cigarettes than those who have never tried tobacco.

LA sues to shut down alleged medical pot delivery app

City Attorney Mike Feuer says Nestdrop can't deliver medical pot under 2013's Proposition D. Nestdrop says it only connects customers with dispensaries.

Some tips on healthy holiday eating

Gorged yourself on turkey and fixin's? There's still time to balance out the holiday eating season with some simple tips.

First Person: Megan Cory's campaign to fight diabetes

The UCLA biochemistry student is fighting her disease by helping others: she invented a glucose monitor, she counsels diabetic kids, and she's doing clinical research.