Alyssa Jeong Perry

Community Health Reporter

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I explore how Angelenos’ well-being is affected by who they are and where they live. I report on health access and outcomes — including environmental and mental health — across LA’s diverse communities.

Stories by Alyssa Jeong Perry

Life might be safer in LA for unaccompanied minors, but that doesn't mean it's better

Two Central American teenagers who journeyed to the U.S. alone share their mental health struggles after settling in Los Angeles.

Unaccompanied minors in LA face mental health challenges

Mental health experts say family separation can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and more. Immigrant children came to the U.S. illegally on their own and face mental health challenges.

A new mental health hotline starts for Orange County pediatricians

Pediatricians in Orange County can now pick up the phone to get help when treating their patients who suffer from mental illness. 

New study looks at African-American men with prostate cancer

African American men are much more likely to get prostate cancer and die from it than men of other races.   

Toxics agency says Exide cleanup is far from over

The head of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control says it will take two more years to finish removing lead from all of 2,500 properties near the old Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon.

What EBT users need to know about this weekend's outage

This coming weekend people who rely on the state food and cash assistance program, known as EBT, will be out of luck, at least temporarily.

Officials say 2018's fire season will compare to last year's

California fire officials made their annual prediction for this year’s fire season on Thursday. Their forecast: it could be as bad as last year’s, which set historic records. This time, they want to be better prepared, and have asked for $100 million in this year's state budget for pay for more first responders, and equipment like helicopters and fire prediction mapping.

AirBnB partners with NAACP to encourage more black hosts

Airbnb has been under fire for discrimination towards travelers who’ve been turned away based on their race. Now the company has announced a new partnership with civil rights organization NAACP.