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
5:05 am
Mon June 9, 2014

RI Food Bank: First (Slight) Decline In Need Since Recession

The food bank says it has seen the first (slight) decline in demand since 2008.
Credit RIPR FILE

This month, the number of Rhode Islanders seeking help from a statewide network of food pantries has declined. It’s the first decline, says Rhode Island Community Food Bank spokeswoman Cindy Elder, since the beginning of the economic recession in 2008.

“It’s not quite a reason to rejoice because we’re still really at remarkable high levels of need for food assistance.”

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Health Care
5:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Debrief: The Debate Over Sustaining HealthSource RI

HealthSource RI director Christy Ferguson believes the state should not join the federal exchange.
Credit RIPR FILE

State lawmakers have plenty of competing priorities to consider as they wrap up the legislative session. One of those is what to do with the state’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon to talk about the lively debate that's developed around this question of whether to keep HealthSource going or scrap it and default to the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov.

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Health Care
4:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Lt. Gov. Defends HealthSource RI

Lawmakers are being asked to decide the fate of HealthSource RI, the state’s online health insurance exchange. At issue is how to pay for it, or whether to scrap it. And plenty of voices are weighing in on the conversation. The latest claims state officials were told years ago that building an exchange wasn’t viable but did it anyway.

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Health Care
8:43 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Supporters Of Recreational Marijuana To Make Their Case At Statehouse

Advocates for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults lobby lawmakers at the statehouse Tuesday.
Credit RIPR FILE

Supporters of legalizing the retail sale of marijuana to adults will make their case at the statehouse Tuesday.  It’s not the first time lawmakers have attempted to decriminalize pot.

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The Pulse
1:07 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Fla. Based Conservative Group Weighing In On HealthSource RI

As you may know, there's a debate in the Rhode Island Statehouse over how to fund the state's online health insurance marketplace, HealthSource RI, after the Obamacare money runs out. Some say the $17 - $23 million dollar price tag to fund the site, customer service reps and centers, and infrastructure needed to negotiate for health insurance plans for sale on the site is just too much for a state with anemic coffers.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed

The state expects to see a shortage of nurses in the coming years.
Credit Aaron Read

Rhode Island will face a shortage of nurses in the next 10 to 15 years. But the state may need even more lower level health care workers.

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Health Care
2:51 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Health Dept. Approves CharterCare, Prospect Deal

The Rhode Island Health Department has approved the affiliation of CharterCare with the California-based for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings. The state’s attorney general approved the deal last week.

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The Pulse
1:49 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

"The Pulse" Takes A Break

Esteemed readers - The Pulse, your friendly neighborhood health care blog, is going dark for a few days while I'm on vacation.

You can enjoy previous posts to your heart's content here. And keep up with my colleagues' blogs about education and politics.

California, here I come!

Health Care
1:42 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

20 More Primary Care Practices To Join CSI-RI

A statewide effort to link more Rhode Islanders with primary care is expanding.

The effort is called the Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, or CSI.CSI promotes the patient-centered medical home model of health care. In a patient centered medical home, a team of health care professionals coordinates a patient’s care. It’s especially helpful for patients with chronic illnesses, although anyone can join.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Flu? Rash? The Doctor Will See You Now (At Planned Parenthood?)

Planned Parenthood is set to start offering primary care services.

Planned Parenthood clinics are known for family planning – everything from testing for sexually transmitted diseases to prescribing birth control and performing abortions. But now, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England plans to offer more comprehensive primary care services at its Providence clinic. Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay spoke with the organization’s president and CEO Judy Tabar about the news.

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