Quick Read: Raul Ruiz Win Tells Story of Election 2012 — and Importance of SDOH to Voters

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).


If the growing sway of Latinos in American politics was the story of election 2012, Raul Ruiz’s triumph in California’s 36th Congressional District was a dramatic subplot. The son of migrant farmworkers who scraped his way through UCLA and then Harvard Medical School, Ruiz dislodged Rep.

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