I’m Rebecca Plevin, the community health reporter for Vida en el Valle. Vida en el Valle is a bilingual newspaper, published by the McClatchy Company, that covers California’s San Joaquin Valley.

This is my community health blog. Harvesting Health/Cosechando Salud is part of a community health reporting project funded by the California Endowment.

On this blog, you will learn about community health issues impacting the Latino community in the San Joaquín Valley. You’ll learn about local issues – like hunger and obesity, access to clean drinking water and healthy air, the need for safe communities, and exposure to pesticides – and you’ll meet the community members involved in these fights.

I love to discuss how these issues can be resolved. What policies have created these unhealthy situations? What can local or state decision-makers do to fix these problems? I also share my experiences covering these issues.

I typically post once or twice a week. But you can reach me all the time via e-mail, at rplevin (at) vidaenelvalle.com, via Twitter, or on Facebook.

If you’re new to the blog, check out a few of these recent posts:

A little more about me:

As I like to say, I followed my dreams and they led me to Fresno.

I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and studied journalism at Northwestern University. I learned to speak Spanish mainly while studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and living in Madrid, Spain after college.

I moved to Fresno in December 2008 to begin working at Vida en el Valle. I was a general assignment reporter through June 2010, when I became the community health reporter. I’ve received regional and national awards for my reporting, including the George F. Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and José Martí awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications.

When I’m not reporting or driving along Highway 99, I enjoy practicing yoga, rock-climbing, and hanging out with our puppy, Nacho.