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

UC Riverside works to keep new doctors in region

The Inland Empire's severe doctor shortage is focus of new UC Riverside Medicine School. It recruits and builds residencies to ease the problem.

Anthem partners with hospitals to create unique health plan

Under Anthem's Vivity plan, seven southern California hospitals join with the insurer to offer coverage to large employers - and to share any profits or losses.

Gov. Brown signs bill to put overdose antidote in pharmacies

The new law will allow pharmacists to distribute Naloxone, an antidote to opiate overdoses, without a prescription.

Medi-Cal starts covering popular autism therapy

Under new state guidelines Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is now available to autistic kids on Medi-Cal.

Gov. Brown signs bill mandating sick days for workers

The new law will require employers to provide at least three days of annual sick leave. It takes effect next July.

Whooping cough cases continue to decline in Calif.

Whooping Cough cases continue to decrease but experts still recommend vaccine for mothers-to-be to protect infants in first months of life.

Gov. Brown mulls bill to curb antibiotic use in livestock

The bill would prevent the use of antibiotics for the fattening of livestock. Farm groups support it; consumer and health advocates say it doesn't go far enough.

Glendale Adventist to pay $700K in patient dumping settlement (updated)

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer sued the hospital one week ago, accusing it of illegally dumping mentally and disabled patients on Skid Row over the last four years.

E-cigarettes stoke teens' interest in tobacco cigarettes: study

Teens who tried e-cigarettes were twice as likely to intend to try tobacco cigarettes than those who had not vaped, according to the CDC.

Some new nurse grads struggle to find jobs

Two main reasons: Older nurses are putting off retirement, and nursing schools are graduating many more RNs.

Whooping cough cases climb, especially among kids

Whooping cough cases in California continue to climb, kids are impacted the most.

Study: More registered nurses delay retirement

Financial downturns over the past twenty years have forced many RNs to keep working.This has helped stave off an expected nursing shortage.

Why is LA County hiring hundreds of nurses?

The hiring spree that starts Tuesday is part of a larger effort to keep newly-insured patients who now can choose to go elsewhere for their care.

Calif. moves into top 10 states for long-term care services

California ranked in the top 10 in an AARP scorecard ranking states on long-term care services and support — but keep in mind that the system was already behind the curve.

Tony Gwynn still helping fight smokeless tobacco

Baseball great Tony Gwynn will appear in a film about the dangers of using smokeless tobacco.