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

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.

Kamala Harris to review Daughters of Charity bailout deal

The BlueMountain investment firm would give the nonprofit $250 million and run Daughters of Charity's six hospitals, including St. Vincent and St. Francis in L.A.

Doctors 'supervise,' but most nurse practitioners work independently

Amid a fight in Sacramento over a bill that would let an N.P. operate without a doctor's oversight, nurse practitioners are already operating fairly independently.

New MLK Hospital pairs an advocate with every patient

In an effort to reduce return visits, MLK has expanded the traditional role of "care managers" - they now help patients throughout treatment and beyond.

Assembly panel kills nurse practitioners autonomy bill (updated)

A bill that would have allowed nurse practitioners to work more independently dies in an Assembly committee after facing stiff opposition from physician groups.

Study finds autism is not caused by C-sections

Researchers were following up on their own earlier work that had found a a slight increase in autism diagnoses among kids delivered by C-section.

FDA's handling of counterfeit implant probe angers critics

A tipster said a Riverside firm was selling counterfeit hardware for spinal surgeries. The FDA only explored the firm's quality control procedures, not the hardware.

LA Supervisors approve ambitious plan for HIV-prevention drug

The supervisors vote to set up a countywide program to provide Truvada — which fends off HIV — to those most at risk of contracting the virus.

SoCal hospitals have shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds for kids

There's a shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds for kids under 12 in Southern California. Orange County has none, but one hospital plans to add some.

Lawmakers trying to raise legal age for tobacco to 21

Lawmakers in several states including California are trying to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21 in an effort to lower smoking rates.

CA Senate approves health bill for immigrants in US illegally

SB 4 would let some unauthorized immigrants get Medi-Cal, and would seek a federal waiver to let them buy unsubsidized insurance through Covered California.

Chiropractic Assoc. opposes vaccination bill

The California Chiropractic Association is the only major medical group opposing a bill that would make vaccinations mandatory for almost all kids entering school.

Bill headed to Assembly would allow optometrists to do more

A bill approved by the state Senate and on its way to the Assembly would allow eye doctors to do more procedures and give vaccines.

Doctors debate the ethics of assisted suicide

Physicians who oppose it point to the Hippocratic Oath and the aphorism "Do no harm." Those who support it say helping a suffering person die would not violate the oath.