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
Last year, about 15 percent of the American population didn't have health insurance. The same was true for 38 percent of South L.A.'s adult population.
Researchers writing in JAMA Pediatrics noted that junk food ads can contribute to a poor diet among children and teenagers.
Minority children appear to be less likely to see doctors who specialize in the brain, the mind or the digestive system, says a new report in Pediatrics.
The study called the U.S. rate of primary care doctor production "abysmal." Many health centers in South L.A. can't afford a doctor, which is one reason why so much care falls to nurses and physician assistants.
With AmazonFresh, select L.A. zip codes have one more option in terms of how they get their groceries – but for now, it doesn't seem like South L.A. is included.
According to the behavioral health director of a South L.A. clinic, there's "a lot of shame" and stigma that comes with being the target of domestic violence.
Emergency contraception is a "way of chipping away" at South L.A.'s high teen pregnancy rates, said the CEO of a local community clinic.
The dental chief of Watts Health Clinic described its patients' need as "overwhelming," and said tooth decay is the most common problem, from childhood to adulthood.
A South L.A. pediatrician says telling patients stories about others can help "normalize" the situation so they get the care they need.
Researchers said rude comments from medical staff or improperly-sized medical equipment can drive patients living with obesity to go "doctor shopping."
A UC study says young Latinos and blacks are drinking more juice, which one South L.A. nurse practitioner says isn't as healthy as many people think.
One South L.A. clinic coordinator says medical homes "aren't the norm" for patients living in the area, which can lead to inefficient care.
A new ad campaign from the federal health agency notes that smokers are more than twice as likely to quit when they've talked to a health provider about it.
Helping patients navigate the transition between hospital care and primary care is a "no-brainer," says the head of the Southside Coalition of Community Health Clinics.
Los Angeles can be busy and loud, and finding a quiet space to think can be tough. That's why KPCC wants to know: Where do you go to get away from it all?