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 WFPL 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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RI News
4:33 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Nepalese Scholar At Brown Coordinates Relief Efforts

From nepalquake.org, a map of roadside infrastructure status in Nepal, around Kathmandu. Each point on the map is a picture or description of the state of key infrastructure since the quake hit.
Credit nepalquake.org

A Nepalese scholar at Brown University is using his international development expertise and personal knowledge of the country to help guide relief efforts after a major earthquake.

Atul Pokharel is a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute. He studies development and infrastructure in Nepal, which is where he’s from. And when the earthquake shook his country, he decided to put his knowledge to work. He launched a web site that would answer three key questions for people looking for ways to help.

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The Pulse
1:18 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

New Data Reveal Most Prescribed Drugs To RI Medicare Recipients

In 2013, the top prescribed drug for Rhode Islanders with Medicare drug plans was Omeprazole, a treatment for heart burn, ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Health care providers wrote about 190,000 prescriptions for it.

(Reminder: Medicare is the health benefit plan for people over the age of 65 or disabled adults.)

That's followed by atorvastatin calcium (brand name Lipitor), used for lowering cholesterol - prescribed to 27,000 individuals.

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Health Care
9:01 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Public Health Officials Update Opioid Overdose Numbers, Cite Strategies To Combat Trend

Overdose deaths due to opioids continue to rise in Rhode Island
Credit RIPR FILE

Accidental drug overdose deaths continue to increase in Rhode Island. That’s some of the discouraging news public health experts delivered at a Rhode Island Public Health Association event.

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The Pulse
4:31 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

A Deeper Dive: 34 Initiatives To Change Medicaid

A group of 29 Rhode Islanders, from health care providers to policy experts and lawmakers, has been convening for several months to come up with a plan to find $90 million dollars in savings from Medicaid. (Wonk note: That $90 million is just state dollars. The budget proposal calls for cutting more than $180 million, some of which is federal matching dollars.). That was at the behest of Gov. Gina Raimondo, who asked for help closing a nearly $200 million dollar state budget deficit.

Here’s a deeper look at some of the 34 initiatives they’ve proposed to do that.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

No Easy Task: "Reinventing" Medicaid To Improve Health, Contain Costs

Juana Kollie visits with staff at the PACE health center in South Providence.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Today is the due date for a plan to cut nearly $180 million dollars from Medicaid. Half of that is state funding, the other matching federal dollars. To close a burgeoning state budget gap, Gov. Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting hospital and nursing home payments. Her “Reinvent Medicaid” task force delivers its recommendations today for finding the rest of the savings in the state’s health insurance program for the poor. Their proposals are aimed at reducing the cost of caring for some of the most complex patients.

Patients like Juana Kollie.

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