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

UCLA, VA team up to give vets access to cancer trials

UCLA will provide the VA with doctors and labs to give veterans, who have a higher than average risk of cancer, access to clinical trials for the first time.

Study finds measure for fetal growth flawed for non-whites

A government study finds healthy Latino, Black and Asian babies are not born at the same weight as white infant. It suggests different standards for different groups.

Obesity rates are falling among SoCal kids, but not equally

A Kaiser Permanente study found obesity rates for younger, white and Asian kids dropped more than they did for teens, Latinos and African-Americans.

Smartphones distract breastfeeding moms, disrupt bonding

More new moms are spending prolonged amounts of time online while feeding their babies. Experts say that's an important time for bonding.

LA moves to strike smokeless tobacco out of ballparks

Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to prepare an ordinance banning the product from amateur and professional sports venues.

Youth vaping leads to tobacco cigarettes, study finds

A new study finds young people who vape are more likely to begin smoking tobacco cigarettes than their peers who don't use e-cigarettes.

Exide's clean-up of sidewalk strips in contaminated areas on hold

Nearly 200 properties have been cleaned up so far in Boyle Heights and Maywood but residents say crews did not get all the contaminated soil.

Wider Exide contamination hasn't sparked more blood lead tests

The news that many more homes may be contaminated with lead from the shuttered battery recycler has not created greater interest in a free blood lead testing program.

Huntington Hospital suspects endoscope link to infections

The Pasadena hospital is investigating whether scopes linked to previous "superbug" outbreaks are linked to a "small" number of bacterial infections at its facility.

Kids who vape 4x more likely to smoke tobacco, according to new JAMA study

The state legislature will reconsider a bill Wednesday that would regulate e-cigarettes the same as tobacco, one day after a new study was released that shows 14-year-olds who've tried e-cigarettes are four times more likely to try other tobacco products.

Study suggests teens who vape go on to try tobacco

As state lawmakers consider regulating e-cigs like tobacco, a new study says 14-year-olds who try e-cigarettes are likely to sample other tobacco products.

Study: More seniors in 2030 will be single and childless

The Public Policy Institute of California calls for more in-home caregivers, since in-home care costs Medicare and Medi-Cal less than nursing homes.

Coordination key to stopping spread of drug-resistant infections

Patients spread antibiotic-resistant infections from one facility to the next, and several studies conclude that better coordination is key to fighting this phenomenon.

CDC: 1 in 5 Americans reports having a disability

Limited mobility tops the list and those most impacted by all disabilities are women, seniors, southerners, people of color, and those with less-education and lower incomes

Judge dismisses suit seeking to legalize assisted suicide

A Superior Court judge rejected plaintiffs' argument that California law prohibiting the practice violates the state's constitution.