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

More young adults among new health insurance enrollees

The percentage of new enrollees aged 18-34 grew from 29 percent two years ago to 37 percent this time around. Young, healthy adults help keep premiums down.

A last-minute push in Inglewood for health insurance signups

Covered California teams are in low-enrollment areas throughout the state putting out the word that Sunday is the deadline to sign up for a 2016 health plan.

Expanded Exide cleanup criticized as too slow

Last August the state identified an expanded area that required testing for lead around the old battery recycler. So far crews have only cleaned five homes there.

Experts back RA drugs, despite Glenn Frey's death

Glenn Frey's manager partly blames his medications for his death. Experts say the benefits of treating rheumatoid arthritis outweigh any risks from drugs.

Few younger stroke victims know the signs, study says

A UCLA survey suggests that most of those under 45 with stroke symptoms fail to seek treatment in a timely way, risking more severe brain damage.

Thousands attend memorial for San Bernardino victims

The Dec. 2 attack that left 14 dead and 22 wounded brought out "the very best in our characters ... We showed the world that ... we are San Bernardino strong,"

Advocates train Korean pastors to combat domestic violence

An agency addressing domestic violence in SoCal's Korean immigrant community turned to a key group for help: church pastors.

Activists claim Latinos on Medi-Cal suffer civil rights violations

A complaint asks the federal government to find that low reimbursement rates are tied to rising Latino enrollment in Medi-Cal.

State, Quemetco strike compromise over lead testing

After the lead battery recycler had rejected the scope of a state plan to test for contamination around its City of Industry plant, the two sides negotiated a deal.

5 Boyle Heights firms face criminal charges over toxics

The L.A. City Attorney files criminal charges against the firms' owners for illegally disposing highly toxic chemicals and/or not properly storing them.

2 state scientists disciplined over racially-charged emails

The two senior scientists mocked colleagues in the emails. The state attorney general's office has investigated, and an independent oversight panel will as well.

Covered California targets 'hot spots' of LA's uninsured

The agency is stepping up efforts to inform those without coverage that Dec. 15 is the deadline to buy a health plan that takes effect on Jan. 1.

Quemetco rejects state plan for expanded lead testing

The state wants Quemetco to test for lead in a half-mile radius around the plant. The company says it should only have to test in a quarter-mile radius.

Planned Parenthood LA will offer HIV-preventive drugs

The group will gradually roll out Truvada at its 20 clinics over the course of 2016, joining an L.A. County effort. It will also offer a post-exposure drug.

Porter Ranch gas leak rotten-egg smell could cost SoCal Gas

While each verified nuisance smell complaint could carry a maximum $1,000-per-day fine, an out-of-court settlement is the most likely outcome, an AQMD spokesman said.