Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter

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Rebecca Plevin is a health reporter at KPCC. She also writes KPCC's award-winning 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

Orange County launches restaurant inspection app

Through the app, called OC Food Inspections, diners can look up recent inspection reports for specific restaurants.

Health Highlights: Birth center costs, teen sex, a West Nile death

This week's top health stories: Readers weigh in on the cost of birthing centers. Also, a reminder to be vigilant against West Nile virus.

Weighing in: Birth centers should be 'more available option'

We asked Impatient readers if they had used birthing centers and if they were cost-effective. Several people responded and said insurance should cover this option.

How much does it cost to have a baby at a birthing center?

When you're looking for alternative birthing strategies, should you consider birthing centers as a viable option? How much do they cost? We've got the answers.

#PriceCheck: Is it cost-effective to use a birthing center?

When healthy women with low-risk pregnancies use birthing centers, they avoid the costs of long hospital stays and surgery. But do they save their own money?

First West Nile death a reminder to be vigilant

Only a tiny fraction of those who contract West Nile virus die, but that still means at least a handful of deaths each year. Thirty-one died in 2015.

Health Highlights: Crowdsourcing birth costs

We're crowdsourcing the cost of giving birth. Meanwhile, researchers say there's a risk to not naming your baby right away and congenital syphilis is on the rise.

#PriceCheck: How much does childbirth cost in SoCal?

Childbirth is a natural topic for #PriceCheck: It's the leading cause of hospital admission in the country but there’s a huge variation in costs.

Congenital syphilis cases increasing, state health officials say

The number of infected mothers who passed the sexually transmitted disease onto their babies during pregnancy more than tripled over the past two years.

Health Highlights: Birth control costs drop, end-of-life bill stalls

Medicare will cover end-of-life counseling, while California's physician-assisted suicide bills stalls in the Assembly. Plus, a proposed way to assess cancer drugs.

A tool to help doctors, patients weigh value of cancer treatments

The American Society of Clinical Oncology's proposal aims to make it easier for doctors and patients to compare the value of new and existing cancer treatments.

New MLK hospital opens in South LA

The private, nonprofit hospital fills the void that was left following the 2007 closure of the county-run King/Drew Medical Center.

Airports on higher alert over Fourth of July weekend

A spokeswoman for Burbank's Bob Hope Airport said it was taking "appropriate measures" to ensure passengers are safe over the holiday weekend.

At South LA clinic, cost and health are intertwined

A doctor at St. John's Well Child and Family Center says knowing his diabetic patients' financial circumstances helps him manage their treatment.

Tim Donnelly starts effort to repeal vaccination bill

One day after Governor Brown signed the bill into law, the former assemblyman files paperwork to circulate a referendum to repeal it.