Kristin Gourlay

Health Care Reporter

Kristin Espeland Gourlay joined Rhode Island Public Radio in July 2012. Before arriving in Providence, Gourlay covered the environment for Louisville, KY’s NPR station. And prior to that, she was a reporter and host for Wyoming Public Radio.

Gourlay earned her MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and her BA in anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

She’s won multiple national, regional, and local awards for her reporting, and her work has aired on NPR and stations throughout the country. She’s particularly proud of the variety of protective clothing she’s had to wear on assignment, including helmets, waders, safety goggles, and snowshoes.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Gourlay loves making music, cooking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, dogs, and cat.

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The Pulse
9:12 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Measles Resurgence Touches RI; Possible ER Exposure

Measles cases have risen dramatically this year.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health officials say several adults may have been exposed to a person with the measles last weekend. The exposure might have happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 22nd in the emergency department at Rhode Island Hospital or later that evening in the emergency department at Roger Williams Hospital. Hospital officials say a man later diagnosed with measles presented at Rhode Island Hospital between 3 and 6 in the morning. He left against medical advice. Around 6 pm that evening he went to Roger Williams Hospital with a worsening fever.

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Health Care
2:39 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Locals React to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England's clinic downtown Providence was quiet Thursday afternoon.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a Massachusetts law meant to keep protesters 35 feet away from abortion clinics is drawing local reaction.

Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown says he thinks the court struck the right balance in this ruling, a balance between the right to free speech and the right to have an abortion. He says the court appropriately noted that clinics have other ways of dealing with protestors who cross a line.

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The Pulse
4:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Debrief: New Health Laws Address Addiction, Breast Cancer

Another legislative session has wrapped up. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how health care fared on Smith Hill.

Here's a transcript of their discussion.

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Health Care
1:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Lifespan, BCBSRI Ink Accountable Care Deal

The state’s largest hospital chain and largest insurer have inked an agreement to share patient data that will help them look for ways to improve health and save money. The deal is the largest of its kind in the state and could shape health care for more than 35,000 Rhode Islanders.

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The Pulse
4:32 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Covering Autism In CT; Mental Health Parity

Connecticut's insurance department has just issued a bulletin that will affect how insurers cover autism - or could. According to this Kaiser Health News story by Michelle Andrews, autism advocates have worked hard over the years to ensure complex conditions like autism get the kind of insurance coverage they need - for long-term behavioral therapy, for example. But now:

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RI News
1:11 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Emergency Managers Prep For 2014 Hurricane Season

How storm surge works
Credit NOAA

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is holding its annual hurricane preparedness conference today.

Emergency response managers and regional officials gather as the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season kicks off. The National Hurricane Center forecasts the season will be average to below-average, with about three to six hurricanes, and only one or two of those likely developing into major storms.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Chafee Signs $8.7B Spending Plan for FY'15

Governor Lincoln Chafee
Credit RIPR FILE

In a ceremony at the Statehouse today, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law the state's budget for fiscal year 2015.

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RI News
3:23 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Skeletal Remains Found Last Summer Identified

Rhode Island’s medical examiner has identified skeletal remains discovered under a factory cement floor in Providence last summer.

Health officials say his name was Phillip P. Seals. He was born in 1936 and lived in Providence until at least 1982. Workers found Seals’ skeletal remains in the basement of a hundred-year-old brick factory building on Prairie Avenue in July 2013. They were renovating the building when they discovered a skull and rib bones.

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The Pulse
3:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Teen Suicide Attempts Up, But Why?

National survey results (officially the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey) came out this week showing that, in Rhode Island, teen suicide attempts have nearly doubled over the past decade. Unacceptable.

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Health Care
9:23 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Looking At Next Year's Changes To The State's Health Insurance Landscape

Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

How much will health insurance cost you next year? Well, you’ll find out soon. Health insurers have submitted their plans for next year, including how much they want to charge customers and what benefits those plans will include.

In Rhode Island, it’s the office of the health insurance commissioner that reviews those plans and decides whether to approve or reject them, or ask for some changes.

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