Incoming Congressman Raul Ruiz has a compelling life story and believes he could do more to address SDOH — the social determinants of health the casual reader knows as jobs, the economy, and schools — from Congress than as an emergency room doctor. He defeated incumbent Mary Bono Mack in his district east of Los Angeles (includes Palm Springs, Palm Desert and out to the Nevada border).
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis