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

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.

Majority of uninsured CSU students have health insurance

A campaign to enroll Cal State students in health plans claims 60 percent of the uninsured on campuses statewide, a university survey finds.

North Hills VA under review due to scheduling 'confusion'

A spokesman says the national VA will take a closer look at the North Hills facility's scheduling practices, but stressed that a national audit found no evidence of wrongdoing.

VA hospitals audit: 57,000 new patients awaiting appointments (updated)

More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting for up to three months for medical appointments. An additional 64,000 have never been seen by a doctor.

Strange bedfellows: the health care union and the hospital association

SEIU-UHW and the California Hospital Association's deal to work together has gotten mixed reviews.

Got sugar? Sweet drink warning bill clears state senate

The state senate approved a bill Thursday to mandate warning labels for sugary drinks to warn consumes about diabetes. Up next: the assembly.

No strike: Pharmacists and Kaiser have a tentative deal (updated)

The pharmacists' union and Kaiser Permanente reached a tentative deal Thursday, averting a strike set to begin in southern California Monday.

Bill to put warning label on sugary drinks advances in state senate

SB 1000 would require all sugary drinks to carry a label warning that they contribute to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

What's your experience with the VA medical centers?

Have you or someone you know received care at the Veterans Affairs medical centers in Southern California? We want to hear from you.

Breakthrough reported in fight against deadly lung disease

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, kills most of its victims within five years. Two drugs have greatly slowed the disease's progression during trials.