Joaquín A. Rosado Lebrón covers health in Puerto Rico for Metro Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Metro, he reported on air quality and toxic emissions in Puerto Rico for Centro de Periodismo Investigativo and worked as a reporter for the University of Puerto Rico’s radio station, Radio Universidad. His journalism career began by volunteering in a community-led newspaper called El Roble Río Piedras, where he contributed as an editorial designer and writer. His experience as a freelance graphic designer allowed him to collaborate with nonprofit organizations, advertising agencies and media companies. Rosado Lebrón holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Puerto Rico, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising.
Puerto Rico has a population whose demographic is growing old. With increased life expectancy also comes public health challenges. In addition, the island has just experienced a third recent disaster, which adds to the COVID-19 pandemic that still persists. Puerto Rico’s health model is one where public money goes to a system of private insurers, which requires greater scrutiny. This reporter focuses on the health system coverage and science topics.