Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter
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. For her work at KPCC, Rebecca has earned an LA Press Club Award for best blog and was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb award. As a newspaper reporter, she twice earned the George Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism, 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 a yoga teacher.
Stories by Rebecca Plevin
The study in The Lancet identifies risk factors that increase people's likelihood of developing dementia, including obesity in mid-life and smoking after age 65.
The University of Southern California has a five-year, $2 million-a-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. It's ending two years early.
"As the program became more brown, the state invested less green" for provider reimbursements, says a plaintiff lawyer. The state says it hasn't found systemic access issues.
Cal/OSHA says Anaplex didn't give its workers protective clothing or goggles, and Aerocraft exposed its employees to a possible fall into a vat of hazardous material.
Activists say kids' health is being jeopardized because there's not enough money to clean up several thousand lead-contaminated properties near the former facility.
Regulators only have money to remove soil from some 2,500 properties around the old battery recycler. They will need more funds to clean thousands more that need it.
The percentage of babies born full-term and at normal weight improved across all regions of the county and all ethnic groups between 2007 and 2012, according to USC.
A survey of 4,200 people near the former battery recycling plant reveal people's fears about their health and frustration with the pace of the cleanup.
The rate of hepatitis C shot up 55 percent among young men ages 20-29 between 2007 and 2015, and 37 percent among women in that group.
Just 91 of the county's 281 clinics have adopted guidelines designed to combat prescription opioid abuse. An officials says cold calls and door-knocking may be next.
Now that the Senate may join the House in voting to defund the group, it plans to do everything from lobbying to "seeking legal avenues" to protect its federal support.
Following a similar move by the AQMD, the L.A. County Department of Public Health says odors from Carlton Forge Works are a public nuisance and must be curtailed.
L.A. County and state officials are testing soil for the carcinogen. The county is also testing air and dust inside some homes. Some results are expected by early July.
The AQMD has issued 17 notices of violation against Carlton Forge Works and has received nearly 200 complaints regarding odors coming from the facility.
Supervisors may shift $190,000 of public health funds to hire eight intervention workers for Parks After Dark. They would initially work at two South L.A. parks.