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

Quemetco to begin testing soil soon

Starting May 31, Quemetco is set to begin sampling soil on major thoroughfares and nearby creek beds. In late June, it's scheduled to start testing residential properties.

Email scandal at toxics agency sparks broad review

A state agency reviews its decisions to take no action on possible toxics contamination. The focus is on two scientists who had exchanged racially-charged emails.

BPA warning signs go up in stores. How dangerous is it?

The chemical is in the linings of cans and bottles. The state says it can harm the female reproductive system. The FDA says it's safe.

DWP to investigate murky tap water in Watts

Some people in and around Watts say for the past few months brown water has intermittently run out of their taps. The DWP says a broken fire hydrant may be to blame.

Exide communities want more lead testing, state says no

The first community meeting since the governor approved $177 million for the Exide cleanup highlighted tensions over the pace and scope of the plan.

Thousands of LA’s uninsured, underinsured line up for free care

Thousands show up for the start of a three-day clinic at the L.A. Convention Center. There are also mental health screenings and dental care.

Low-income kids with food allergies go to the ER more

Food allergies can strike anyone, kids from low-income families are more likely to suffer, mostly because their parents have less money to spend on prevention.

Free health clinic will include surgery, mental health services

The three-day, first-come first-served free clinic Wednesday is expected to attract Angelenos who are uninsured or insured but unable to afford deductibles.

LA settles 'patient dumping' case with Good Samaritan for $450k

This is the fourth case involving the alleged dumping of homeless patients that City Attorney Mike Feuer has settled with local hospitals.

Kids in US illegally eligible for Medi-Cal in May

State health officials estimate that about 170,000 children under 19 without legal status will be eligible when a new law takes effect next month.

Legislature approves $177 million for Exide cleanup

The state Senate gives final approval for funds Gov. Brown requested in February, but it's unclear when the expanded cleanup of lead will begin in earnest.

Quemetco will start testing soil for lead in June

L.A.'s only remaining lead battery recycler will test soil within a quarter-mile of its plant at residential properties and commercial sites.

Why you won't see BPA warnings on cans

California says it needs more time to determine which levels of BPA merit a product label or shelf sign warning of its threat to the female reproductive system.

Brown clears way for emergency Exide cleanup bill

The governor has dropped his insistence on exempting the project from review under the California Environmental Quality Act. Community groups had opposed the waiver.

First phase of anti-lead effort clears 60 LAUSD schools' fountains

The project will eventually replace every water fountain with lead levels above the EPA action level. The District hopes to finish with all 986 schools by fall 2017.