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
2:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Where ACA Dollars Have Flowed Into RI

CMS-funded innovation projects are taking place throughout Rhode Island.
Credit Screen shot / Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have announced the second round of Health Care Innovation awards. These are big grants for projects that are trying to reduce the cost of health care and/or improve care delivery, often for some of the sickest or most complicated patients.

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Health Care
8:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

How Rhode Island Is Doing In The Fight Against Lead Paint Poisoning

Hasbro Children's Hospital took part in the study of lead paint removal in partnership with Brown University.
Credit RIPR FILE

The U.S. outlawed lead paint in 1978. Yet it still covers the walls of many older homes, particularly here in the northeast. When that paint chips or peels, it poses a serious danger especially to kids. But in 2005, Rhode Island passed a law requiring some landlords to clean up lead paint. And a group of researchers recently set out to find out if it’s working. Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatrician and Brown University school of public health associate professor doctor Patrick Vivier is one of those researchers.

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The Pulse
2:51 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Getting The Lead Out: The Law Works, Except When It Doesn't

Cracking lead paint
Credit Bart Everson / Flickr

A law aimed at protecting children from unsafe levels of lead in their homes is working, according to a new study. But only when landlords comply with it.

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RI News
1:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Thunderstorms Today, Ahead Of Arthur

Hurricane Arthur is churning towards New England. But forecasters are worried about an entirely different weather system hitting the area today. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Field is hunkering down for a busy day. This afternoon and evening, Field says he’s watching a cold front that’s on track to bring severe weather and a couple of inches of rain to Rhode Island.

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The Pulse
11:56 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Beach Bound? Get A Free Skin Cancer Screening

Are you beach bound this weekend? That is, after Hurricane Arthur clears out?

If so, you already know to pack the sunscreen, slather it on (a lot of it, two coats), and reapply after a couple of hours. But here's some more information about why to reapply, which kinds of sunscreens and what SPF are best (and what that means, anyway), and more about the latest developments in sunscreen technology - below.

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The Pulse
3:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Local Reactions To The Hobby Lobby Decision

Reactions are still coming in to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby (that decision, that the company is not required to cover contraceptives as part of employees' health insurance, can be read here.). Here are a few so far. Keep in mind, more decisions related to this one are expected.

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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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