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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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Rhode Island: A Destination For Brain Science?

BrainGate hardware and software at work
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

This month, the University of Rhode Island launched a new neuroscience research institute, where researchers will focus on fighting Alzheimer’s and other diseases. It’s the fourth such program to hang out a shingle in the state. This growing community could eventually help more Rhode Islanders battle some of the most debilitating diseases.

(Neurons firing)

This is what it sounds like when you think about opening and closing your hand.

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Health Care
5:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

United's Medicare Move: More Limited Choice Ahead?

United Healthcare is dropping hundreds of doctors in Rhode Island

RIPR health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joined host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about what United Healthcare's recent decision to drop several hundred doctors from its Medicare Advantage plan means for the 36,0000 or so Rhode Islanders in that plan. Following is a transcript of their conversation, and a link to listen.

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Health Care
4:28 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Researchers Find Brain Changes In Babies At Risk For Alzheimer's

Brown University researchers say they are close to determining whether or not a person will be at risk for Alzheimer's as early as infancy.
Credit RIPR FILE

Scientists have come a step closer to understanding when the signs of Alzheimer’s begin. Brown University researchers and their colleagues have found some of the earliest evidence yet.

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Health Care
1:12 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Deadline To Sign Up For Health Insurance Extended

The Obama administration has extended the deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage that takes effect January first by one week. Rhode Islanders now have until December 23rd to enroll in a plan on HealthSource RI.

Individuals and small businesses have another week to sign up for health insurance coverage that begins January 1st. The new deadline is December 23rd, instead of December 15, to accommodate consumers who may have had trouble signing up online and to ease the possible rush of sign-ups at the last minute.

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The Pulse
1:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Highest ADHD Rate In New England? Rhode Island.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting new data (published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) about reported ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) rates among kids aged 4 - 17.

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The Pulse
4:19 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Task Force Hears Public on Guns, Mental Health

A joint task force is hearing public testimony this afternoon on Rhode Island's compliance - or lack there-of- with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That's one of three national databases gun sellers are supposed to check before they sell you a gun, and it's the one that contains records of involuntary commitment, substance abuse, and other mental health data. The other databases contain criminal records. Rhode Island does not submit mental health records to NICS, and it's trying to figure out whether it can and should.

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Health Care
3:09 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

RI Smoking Rates Down, But Costs Still High

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Department of Health has a new report out on how many Rhode Islanders smoke. While the number of adult smokers has declined, nearly one in five Rhode Islanders still smokes.

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The Pulse
1:29 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Are You Changing Health Plans For 2014?

Health Care
5:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Bill to Help Kids' Psychiatric Hospitals Advances

Legislation to make more funding available to train new doctors in child psychiatry has cleared a hurdle in congress. If it becomes law, it could boost access to treatment at places like Bradley Hospital.

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Health Care
4:13 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Kilmartin, Fine Urge United Healthcare To Reinstate Doctors

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Health Department director Michael Fine have sent a letter to the CEO of United Healthcare New England expressing their concern over the insurer’s dropping of dozens of doctors from its managed Medicare plan in the state. They want United to reinstate doctors until they submit a plan to handle the transition.

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