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 music, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Debrief: What's New On HealthSource RI? Plans, Premiums, and More Uncertainty

Healthsource RI reopens for enrollment November.

This Saturday the state’s online health insurance marketplace, Health Source RI, opens for enrollment. It’s the second open enrollment period since HealthSource launched. This year there a couple of changes.

HealthSource faces an uncertain future in Rhode Island as we have a new governor and funding for the exchange runs out at the end of 2015.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Elisabeth Harrison to talk about what’s new on HealthSource this year, and what to make of the uncertainty.

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Health Care
1:40 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

URI Student Sues Over Medical Marijuana Discrimination

A University of Rhode Island student has sued a Rhode Island textile company for denying her an internship. The suit claims discrimination based on the student’s status as a medical marijuana cardholder.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

At The Crossroads, Part 3: As Old Hepatitis C Treatment Fades Out, New Treatments Stoke Hope

Source: Brandon Marshall, Brown University School of Public Health and RI Defeats Hep C.
Credit Jake Harper / RIPR

In just a few weeks, another pharmaceutical company will likely win FDA approval for a new drug to cure hepatitis C. That makes three breakthrough medications hitting the market in less than a year. It’s big news for the estimated twenty thousand Rhode Islanders – and many more throughout New England -  living with chronic hepatitis C. Because some have been waiting decades for a cure.

Next in our series “At The Crossroads: The Rise of Hepatitis C and the Fight to Stop it,” why one man waited so long for treatment.

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Health Care
4:44 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

RI, CT Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Linked

Rhode Island and Connecticut's prescription drug monitoring programs will now share information, including the monitoring of opioids like oxycodone (pictured).
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island and Connecticut are now able to share prescription drug data across state lines. Linking the states’ prescription drug monitoring programs is designed to help doctors spot possible abuse and addiction.

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Health Care
4:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Obesity Down In Younger RI Kids, Unchanged In High Schoolers

Childhood health experts gather at a policy roundtable discussion of Rhode Island Kids Count's new issue brief on childhood obesity. From far left, RI Kids Count's Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island's Peter Andruszkiewicz, and Kids Count analyst James Beasley.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Fewer elementary and middle school students in Rhode Island are obese. That’s according to a new analysis from Rhode Island Kids Count. But the needle isn’t budging on obesity in high schoolers.

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The Pulse
3:50 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Primer: What You Need To Know About HealthSource RI Plans For 2015

Rhode Islanders who signed up with HealthSourceRI will need to renew their coverage on the health insurance exchange by December 23rd.
Credit FILE / RIPR

Individuals and families can enroll in health insurance plans through HealthSource RI starting November 15. If you're new to the exchange or already have coverage through it, here are a few things you should know about what's new for this year.

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Health Care
3:15 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

HealthSource RI: Current Customers Must Re-Enroll To Keep Coverage

Open enrollment for Rhode Island’s online health insurance marketplace, HealthSource RI, begins November 15. Individuals who are already enrolled must renew their coverage.

Individuals and families who enrolled in a health insurance plan on HealthSource RI the last time around must renew their coverage or pick a new plan by December 23rd. Why? One reason is that their coverage will not automatically renew. Another , said Health Source RI head Christine Ferguson is the choices have changed.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Cianci Says He Still Plans Legal Action Against Opponents

Cianci concedes the election to Jorge Elorza in a speech at the Providence Hilton.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

His campaign for mayor of Providence may be over. But Buddy Cianci says he’s still not satisfied with how the race was run. On his radio show this  afternoon on WPRO, Cianci told listeners he plans to go forward with legal action against a group of opponents. He says they colluded against him illegally.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

At The Crossroads, Part 2: Finding Hep C Infections Before It's Too Late

Credit Jake Harper / RIPR

Hepatitis C infects an estimated five million Americans, nearly 20-thousand Rhode Islanders among them. And most of them don’t know it. But many are about to find out. It takes about 20 years for most people to notice any symptoms from hepatitis C, and it was about that long ago most people got infected. Now doctors in Rhode Island and throughout the country are noticing a wave of patients with the kind of advanced liver disease hepatitis C can cause.                                                                               

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Ebola
5:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Liberians Face Ebola Stigma Here, Tragedy Back Home

The Ballah family, friends, and relatives, including (l to r) Nellie Ballah, Kumba Forkpa, Randell Dauda, Winnie Sackor, and Seaniah Ballah, plus little Mekhi Ballah and baby Nia.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Ebola continues to dominate headlines, across the nation and here in Rhode Island. This week the state’s hospitals began conducting Ebola preparedness exercises, and all eyes are on a nurse in Maine who defied a quarantine order. But for the thousands of Liberians living in Rhode Island, the real stories are unfolding, often tragically, back home. Now, many Liberians say the public’s fear of Ebola is affecting daily life.

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