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Leigh Hopper

Leigh Hopper is a media relations specialist with USC University Communications. She previously worked in communications for UCLA, in state government at the Texas Medical Board and as a medical reporter at the Houston Chronicle.

Stories by Leigh Hopper:

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The regional center will test new strategies such as the idea of “food prescriptions,” or affordable grocery delivery accompanied by meal plans tailored to Latino culture. (Photo/Shutterstock)

USC and CHLA win $24.5 million NIH grant to establish center aimed at improving Latino health across Southern California

The Southern California Center for Chronic Health Disparities in Latino Families and Children will focus on reversing obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases in Latinos with culturally sensitive solutions.

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This map shows the density of flares near oil- and gas-rich fracking sites: (1) Williston, (2) Powder River, (3) Denver, (4) Anadarko, (5) Permian, (6) Western Gulf, (7) TX-LA-MS Salt and (8) Appalachian basins. (Graphic/Courtesy of Keck School of Medicine of USC and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health)

Health risk? More than 500,000 Americans live within 3 miles of natural gas flares

A USC-UCLA study offers a nationwide assessment of the population facing exposure risks from burned-off, excess natural gas at oil and gas production sites.