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

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.

Breaking the mental health taboo in Orange County churches

Two years ago, evangelists Rick and Kay Warren launched a faith-based mental health outreach effort. One Catholic church in Cypress was ahead of the curve.

State takes first steps in expanded Exide cleanup effort

Some residents of East L.A., Boyle Heights, Maywood and Commerce have begun receiving letters informing them that their property may be contaminated with lead.

Bill in Congress would force Medicare to cover acupuncture

Southern California Rep. Judy Chu's measure would mandate that Medicare cover acupuncture treatment for all beneficiaries, regardless of their insurer.

Do school fundraisers violate spirit of LA's junk food policy?

The L.A. Unified School District has long banned sugary sodas and fatty foods, but its rules permit the sale of junk food after school and at off-campus events.

Exide cleanup efforts are incomplete in most cases

Homeowners who had lead-tainted soil removed from their yards can also get an interior cleaning, but few have accepted the offer. Miscommunication may be the culprit.

Student initiative looks to raise water's 'cool factor'

Studies show many kids don't drink enough, especially blacks and Latinos. Chronic dehydration can lead to cognitive problems and digestive disorders.

Rick and Kay Warren bring focus to mental health

Thousands gather at Orange County's Saddleback Church to learn about mental health and how to outreach to those struggling with mental illness.

LA County aims to educate parents about the danger of sugary drinks

Los Angeles County Public Health launches a public awareness campaign about the weight-related impacts of sugary drinks for kids.

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.