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
3:53 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

How Affordable Are Affordable Care Act Options?

That depends.

If you're uninsured or the health insurance your employer offers costs more than 9.5% of your income, you can now shop for a plan on Rhode Island's newly launched healthsourceri.com. That's the Ocean State's version of the online marketplaces now open for business across the country under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

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Breaking
3:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

RI Delegation Safe: Lockdown Lifted After Shots Fired on Capitol Hill

Map of Capitol Hill
Credit Architect of the Capitol

Most of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation has confirmed they’re safe after reports of shots fired on Capitol Hill. Congressman David Cicilline says he and his staff hunkered down behind closed doors in his office, a block from the U.S. Capitol Building.

“We were advised through an emergency announcement system to the building that the building was on lockdown," said Cicilline, "and advised to shelter in place and lock doors of your offices and make sure all of your employees are accounted for and remain there in place until further instructions.”

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Health Care
2:57 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Regulators Accept More Public Comment on Landmark Deal

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

State agencies are allowing more public comment, until October 7, on the proposed sale of Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center to a for-profit chain as the deadline for a decision on the deal approaches.

Though previous deals have fallen through, Woonsocket officials are still hopeful about a yes vote.

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Health Care
4:19 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

New President for Women & Infants

Mark Marcantano, acting president of Women & Infants Hospital in Providence
Credit Care New England

Women and Infants Hospital has a new president after Constance Howes announced her decision to step down.

Executive vice president and chief operating officer Mark Marcantano has taken the helm, according to a hospital statement. He’s been with Women and Infants since 2010, and before that held an executive post at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Like his predecessor Constance Howes, Marcantano is a lawyer by training.

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The Pulse
2:15 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Day 2 for HealthSource RI: Some Smooth Sailing, Still Some Glitches

It's day two for HealthSourceRI.com, Rhode Island's newly launched online marketplace for health insurance under Obamacare.

And while there's lots that looks good and seems quite intuitive, it's still a little glitchy. You might have some trouble actually completing the process to sign up for health insurance today if you go online. But you can still call or visit a walk-in center.

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The Salt
3:16 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Just What The Doctor Ordered: Med Students Team With Chefs

Fourth year Tulane medical school student Neha Solanki (far right) preps a Greek frittata during a class at Johnson & Wales.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:26 am

For the past few weeks, the culinary arts students at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., have been working with some less-than-seasoned sous chefs.

One of them, Clinton Piper, may look like a pro in his chef's whites, but he's struggling to work a whisk through some batter. "I know nothing about baking," he says.

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Health Care
8:09 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Food as Medicine: A Promising Pharmaceutical in New England’s Pantry

URI pharmacy professor and researcher Navindra Seeram tours the new medicinal garden.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Humans have been raiding nature’s drug store for millennia, coaxing everything from painkillers to beauty treatments from plants. But scientists believe there’s much more to discover. And those discoveries might be waiting closer to home than you think. Now, a University of Rhode Island researcher has found some promising properties in one of New Englanders’ favorite foods.

University of Rhode Island pharmacy professor Navindra Seeram meets me in the courtyard of his department’s sharp new building. He’s giving me a tour of a carefully manicured garden they’ve recently planted.

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Health Care
8:19 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Food as Medicine: Doctors and Chefs Training Together

Fourth year Tulane medical student Neha Solanki, right, prepping a Greek frittata
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

There’s no shortage of advice on healthy eating. But sometimes it seems there’s a shortage of reliable advice. Medical schools traditionally don’t offer much training in nutrition, but a new partnership between Johnson & Wales University and Tulane medical school could change that.

Welcome to a busy kitchen classroom at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. Typically, you’d find only culinary students here, busy chopping or sautéing, trying to plate the perfect dish. But for the past few weeks, they’ve been working with some less-than-seasoned sous chefs.

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Health Care
8:18 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Food as Medicine: Medical and Culinary Students Team Up In New Partnership

Johnson and Wales in Providence has launched a new program that teaches healthy cooking to medical students.
Credit Erika Smith / flickr

There’s no shortage of advice on healthy eating. But sometimes it seems there’s a shortage of reliable advice. Today and tomorrow, Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay is looking at food as medicine. Traditionally medical schools don’t offer much training in nutrition, but a new partnership between Johnson & Wales University and Tulane medical school could change that.

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The Pulse
10:24 am
Thu July 11, 2013

On Maternity Leave!

Dear readers, I'm now on maternity leave, taking care of a new baby boy!

That means this blog, The Pulse, will be on hiatus until my return.

In the meantime, not to worry. You won't miss any major health care news, thanks to my superb colleagues in the Rhode Island Public Radio newsroom, who've got you covered.

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