José Martinez OnCentral Reporter
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José Martinez covers South Los Angeles for KPCC's OnCentral website.
José graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2011, where he majored in theology and worked as the editor in chief of the college newspaper, the Loyolan.
An L.A. transplant originally from San Diego, Martinez is a huge fan of improv and stand-up and does not believe in the Oxford comma.
Stories by José Martinez
Patients in places like South L.A. – who are uninsured, don't have enough insurance or are undocumented – often have to resort to the emergency room to see a doctor.
The federal health agency said the U.S. teen birth rate has fallen 25 percent since 2007, with Latina teens accounting for the steepest declines.
A task force says primary care providers should administer fluoride varnish to all young children in order to help preserve or improve their oral health.
Access to dental care in South L.A. can be "extremely limited," says one expert. And dental health often isn't a "grade-A priority."
The Mark Ridley-Thomas Wellness Center at Manual Arts school is expected to open June 21 and provide dental, mental and primary care services to students and nearby residents.
Should nurse practitioners be able to lead their own practices? A recent survey finds that it depends who you ask. In some South L.A. clinics, nurse practitioners are already running the show.
Researchers found that people who lived near busy roadways appeared to have a 4 percent higher chance of dying from heart problems brought on by reduced kidney function. In South L.A., many people live near busy roads.
A South Los Angeles primary care doctor called the disparity "multifactorial," attributing it partly to genetics and a lack of health literacy among "underserved minorities."
When depression and domestic violence come together, said the leader of an L.A.-based anti-violence coalition, it can quickly become a "snowball effect."
About $150 million will go to clinics nationwide to get the uninsured enrolled. Of the 129 California clinics eligible for the funding, six are in South Los Angeles.
A recent study found almost 1 in 6 high school students reported being cyberbullied over the past year. A leader of a South L.A. nonprofit said young people posting racy photos of others is one common form of cyberbullying in that community.
The lead author said the study focused on what teenagers actually ordered at the restaurants, not how healthy the menus are. In South L.A., where obesity is a serious health issue, up to 70 percent of the restaurants are of the fast-food variety.
The federal health agency reports that suicide rates among middle-aged adults in the U.S. saw a substantial increase between 1999 and 2010.
The grant will fund three community-based studies, one of which will focus on how to reduce the risk of recurring stroke among people who have already had one.
The Obama Administration will appeal a court order that would remove age limits on who can purchase the morning-after pill without a prescription.