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.

Ways to Connect

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

State officials say they’ve encountered another personal data breach in the new online system for state benefits like Medicaid – a system called UHIP. Officials say a file containing embedded personal information was posted to the State's Transparency Portal and the General Assembly website. The information has since been removed. 

Today is my last day at Rhode Island Public Radio. So I'd like to leave you with some thoughts about health care in the state and my time here. I hope you'll indulge me.

Rhode Island’s health care landscape is in flux now. It’s full of promise. And it’s full of challenges as the federal government sorts out what comes next with the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, health care workers, patients, and others on the front lines of health care in our state soldier on. It’s to you I’d like to pay tribute now, and with you I’d like to share some thoughts about what I believe is on the horizon – or should be – when it comes to conversations about health care.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Lifespan hospital system has submitted a bid to buy its rival, Care New England. Lifespan officials say they believe combining the organizations would quote “enhance the clinical and academic missions of both institutions, “ and make for better, more cost-effective care for patients in Rhode Island.

Aaron Read / RIPR

Federal and state officials say they have arrested 15 people and dismantled an international drug trafficking ring. Police say three brothers smuggled in heroin and cocaine from Mexico while living in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Police say brothers from the Dominican Republic – Hector, Claudio, and Juan Valdez – smuggled several shipments of multiple kilograms of heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl into Rhode Island from Mexico. All three had been previously convicted of felony drug crimes and deported.  

Good Friday Walk for Hunger RI

It’s Christian Holy Week. For the past 39 years, Christians have held a Good Friday March to raise money to combat hunger and help Providence groups that help the poor.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently revised its recommendation for prostate cancer screening. The new recommendation is that men discuss the screening with their doctors, changed from the 2012 recommendation against widespread screening. Physicians must still help patients make a tough decision.

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A Providence man has been convicted of second degree murder for selling the potent opioid fentanyl to someone who later died of an overdose. The state’s Attorney General believes this is Rhode Island’s first conviction of its type.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed legislation that would require more of the state’s human service agencies to participate in the biannual caseload estimating conference. That’s a session for legislators to hear how many people are being served by programs like Medicaid, as opposed to how many people those programs projected they’d be serving. And there’s often a difference.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Rhode Island Superior Court is slated to hear a case involving alleged discrimination against a prospective employee who used medical marijuana. The Rhode Island ACLU is claiming the employer tried to shut out a worker with a disability.

Rhode Island Kids Count

The most comprehensive collection of statistics about the health and well-being of Rhode Island’s children comes out today from Rhode Island Kids Count. Overall,kids have made some promising gains in health and education, but the agency says progress is still needed on several fronts.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island lawmakers are asking the head of Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families how she plans to address a scathing report about the deaths of several children involved with the agency. The Senate Committees on Health and Human Services and Finance want to know exactly what steps DCYF will take to implement the report’s recommendations.

Rhode Island Dept. of Transportation

The Narragansett Tribe is asking a federal judge to hold Rhode Island to an agreement to transfer three historic properties in Washington County to the tribe. The properties are meant to make up for the loss of a historic site in Providence.

Aaron Read / RIPR

What’s happening your health in Rhode Island, April 4:

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

More than 13,600 Rhode Islanders are still waiting for a determination on their application for state benefits like food stamps. That’s thanks to continuing problems with Rhode Island’s problem-plagued benefits system, UHIP.