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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The Pulse
9:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Back After This Break

An oblique fracture, more specifically. That's what doctors saw on the X-ray of my son's femur.

My son is a walking, talking, energetic boy of 18 months. But a strange string of events at day care last Friday - a twist, the catching of a foot on a table leg, a toppling over -  has immobilized him. Doctors put him under, and set him in a spica cast. It's a nearly full-body mummification of both legs, down to the toes, and up the torso, to just under his little arm pits. His legs are splayed open, so he looks a bit like a cowboy who's just gotten off a very fat horse.

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The Pulse
2:00 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

At The Crossroads: The Road Ahead For Hep C

Host Kristin Gourlay with panelists Thomas Stopka and Michael Poshkus talk infection rates behind bars.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Our months-long series about hepatitis C, "At the Crossroads: The Rise of Hepatitis C and the Fight to Stop It," has officially come to an end. We had a great public forum ("Hepatitis C: Cost, Cure, and Challenge") last night at Brown University, the audio from which is posted here, and some key takeaways from which I'll share, below.

    

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Health Care
1:55 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Some Progress On Hospital Infections, But RI Still Lags On Some

Rhode Island is making some progress against hospital-acquired infections. But some infection rates are still higher than the national average.

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The Pulse
3:39 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

For Some Child Refugees, A Journey From Food Scarcity To Obesity

Researchers with the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Refugee Health Program in Providence have found that the longer child refugees stay in the U.S., the greater the chance they'll become overweight or obese.

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Health Care
1:15 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

At The Crossroads: One-Hour Special

Note: This estimate includes people not typically counted by national health surveys. The CDC estimates about 3 million Americans are infected but doesn't include people who are incarcerated, on active military duty, or in nursing homes.
Credit Jake Harper / RIPR

We're wrapping up our months-long series about one of the greatest public health challenges facing Rhode Island: hepatitis C. Listen online or download our one-hour special: "At the Crossroads: The Rise of Hepatitis C and the Fight to Stop It."

Go behind the series:

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Health Care
2:43 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Health Dept. Ad Campaign Features Rhode Islanders In Recovery

Jonathan Goyer shares his story of addiction and recovery in the health dept.'s new campaign "Addiction is a disease. Recovery is possible."
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island health officials have rolled out a new campaign against drug addiction. The campaign debuts as the state faces more grim statistics: 232 Rhode Islanders died from apparent accidental drug overdoses in 2014, the same number as in 2013.

You may see their faces on buses, or hear their voices in public service announcements. They’re people in recovery from addiction. They include Jonathan Goyer, a former addict turned recovery counselor. He said  it will take more than advertising to fight drug addiction.

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Public Forum
1:00 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Hepatitis C: Cure, Cost, and Challenge

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Reception 6pm
Event begins at 6:45pm
Friedman Auditorium
Metcalf Research Complex
Brown University, 190 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02912

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The Pulse
1:20 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Map: Where To Find Free Or Low-Cost Hepatitis C Testing

It's sinister, this virus: hepatitis C can live in the body for decades before causing any noticeable symptoms. By then, the symptoms could be serious: at the worst, cirrhosis or liver cancer. Most people who have hepatitis C don't know it. In this case, what you don't know can hurt you, or even kill you.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

At The Crossroads, Part 8: Fueled By Opioid Abuse, New Hep C Infections Rise

A rapid hepatitis C test requires only a finger prick for a drop of blood and about a 20 minute wait to find out if you have been exposed to hepatitis C. A follow up confirmatory blood test is required to determine whether you've developed chronic hepatitis C infection.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

In 2014, hundreds of Rhode Islanders died from accidental drug overdoses.  Thousands more remain addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. For those who inject the drugs, there’s another risk: hepatitis C.

In the final story in our series “At the Crossroads,” we meet a team of outreach workers determined to find new infections before it’s too late.

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Bringing disease prevention to the streets

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RI News
4:31 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Interfaith Group Asks Lawmakers: Will You Address Poverty?

Sen. President Teresa Paiva Weed addresses advocates for the poor. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello followed.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Advocates for the poor gathered in the Statehouse rotunda Wednesday to appeal to lawmakers to address poverty as they begin a new legislative session. The coalition of faith leaders in attendance hope lawmakers will adopt several policy initiatives to fight homelessness and increase assistance for the poor.

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