Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter

Rebecca Plevin
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Rebecca Plevin is a health reporter at KPCC. She also writes KPCC's consumer health blog, Impatient.

Prior to working at KPCC, Rebecca spent five years covering health news in California's Central Valley, first for the bilingual paper Vida en el Valle, and then for Fresno-based Valley Public Radio. She was also a lead reporter on The Reporting on Health Collaborative's groundbreaking series of stories about valley fever.

Rebecca’s work has appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, The California Report, Latino USA, and Capital Public Radio's health documentary series, The View From Here. She's earned an LA Press Club Award for best blog and the George Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism (twice!), as well as top honors from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Rebecca grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She's also a fluent Spanish speaker, an avid rock climber and an acro yoga fanatic.

Stories by Rebecca Plevin

Nope, it's not too early for springtime allergies

Pollen counts are higher than normal in Southern California. Something similar is happening nationwide: Allergy seasons are starting earlier and lasting longer.

BMI: It's unreliable, and it could raise your insurance premium

A study says body mass index often misidentifies health status. And in some workplace wellness programs, a poor BMI score can mean a higher insurance premium.

OB-GYNs navigate Catholic hospitals' ethics rules

They must respect their employers' prohibitions on birth control, abortion and sterilization. Some try to find ways to provide these services elsewhere.

Don't panic about Zika, LA officials say

Health officials say there is a potential for the disease to spread in SoCal, but they're confident mosquito control and deferred travel can contain it.

Doctors and patients are discussing ways to cut costs

A study finds cost comes up in nearly one-third of office visits, and in nearly half of those conversations doctors and patients explore cost-saving strategies.

Experts frustrated by low HPV vaccination rates

Experts say part of the problem is doctors' and parents' discomfort with a shot that prevents sexually transmitted infections.

KPCC asks: Have you experienced postpartum depression?

Two experts in reproductive mental health care explain how Southern California health care facilities screen pregnant women and new moms for depression.

Depression screening recommended for pregnant, postpartum women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has for the first time explicitly recommended depression screening for pregnant and postpartum women.

LA and Orange County working to prevent spread of Zika virus

County health officials are working with local vector control districts to ensure that mosquitoes in SoCal don't become infected and transmit Zika virus locally.

California to crack down on schools with under-vaccinated kids

State officials believe more than 90 percent of "conditional entrants" are in fact overdue for shots and should have been forced to get up to date with their measles shots.

California school vaccination rates are trending up

Across California, last fall's new kindergartners were vaccinated at the rate public health experts say is needed to avoid outbreaks. A number of counties still lag, however.

High deductibles don't encourage people to shop for care

Despite being concerned about out-of-pocket costs, people in high-deductible health plans are no more likely to shop around for medical care, a new survey finds.

UC Irvine lands $40m gift to open nursing school

UC Irvine will the fourth institution in the UC system to launch a nursing school. It's expected to nearly double the school's number of nursing students.

Calif. women waiting longer to have their first child

As fewer teens become parents, more adult women are choosing to delay pregnancy. And the federal health law has improved access to birth control.

Some Catholic hospitals limit care for miscarriages

Some Catholic facilities abide by church directives that forbid abortion, among other things. That limits physicians' options in dealing with pregnancy complications.