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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Health Care
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

URI Unveils $15M Brain Research Center

Former CVS CEO Tom Ryan at URI's unveiling of his $15 million donation for brain science research.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The University of Rhode Island plans to unveil a new neuroscience research institute, thanks to the single largest private donation in university history. The institute will add to the Ocean State’s growing expertise in brain science.

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The Pulse
4:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

New Data on RI's Doctor Supply

Percent of residents and fellows retained after graduation, by state. (Click to enlarge.)
Credit Association of American Medical Colleges

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released state-by-state profiles of the physician workforce for 2012. And in Rhode Island, here are the highlights (see the full profile here):

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Health Care
11:25 am
Wed November 13, 2013

HealthSource RI Tallies Small Business, Medicaid Sign-Ups

Phone operators working at HealthSource RI.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI, said several hundred small businesses have started applications for health plans through the site. And there’s more new data about who is enrolling in plans on the exchange.

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The Pulse
12:51 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Vaccines: Are You Hiding In The Herd?

RI child immunization rates, 2011. Click to enlarge.
Credit RI Dept. of Health / CDC, National Immunization Survey

Herd, as in "herd immunity," the concept being that the majority of vaccinated people protect the minority who aren't vaccinated, a kind of safety-in-numbers for your immune system. But what if the number in the minority starts to creep up?

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Health Care
6:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Heather Abbott Adapting To Life As An Amputee

Heather Abbott at home in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A little more than six months have passed since Newport resident Heather Abbott lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. We’ll be checking in with Abbott for the next few months as she adjusts to life without a limb. We’ll also be exploring the growing community of amputees Abbott has joined – a community researchers say could double in the next few decades.

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Health Care
4:36 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Feds Finalize Mental Health Parity Rules; State Implications Under Review

Most health insurance plans must now cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they cover medical benefits. A trio of federal agencies has issued the final rule on how to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Former congressman Patrick Kennedy says the act he co-sponsored is only a beginning for better mental health treatment.

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Health Care
11:52 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Local Cardiologist Calls Trans Fat Ban "Overdue"

Illustration of hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis
Credit U.S. National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health

Miriam Hospital cardiologist and Brown medical school professor Dr. Barbara Roberts said the Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to ban trans fats in processed foods is long overdue. Trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils, are added to foods like cookies, ready-to-use frostings, and microwave popcorn to extend their shelf life. Scientists have known for decades that they can lead to hardened arteries and higher bad cholesterol.

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The Pulse
12:11 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

RI's Road Map For Health Care Transformation

How do you transform an entire health care system? First, you need a plan.

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The Pulse
11:38 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Running In Rhode Island

A quick follow up to my "first 5K" post: I finished! Now, here's some fun watching, listening, and a few resources about running in Rhode Island.

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The Pulse
3:03 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

My First 5K

I'd like to share a personal experience, about getting back into an exercise routine after giving birth this past July. In a word, it's been tough.

Add to that recovering from an unexpected C-section, less time to myself, and no budget for a gym membership, and I've got some pretty good reasons to procrastinate. But there are many more reasons to exercise than not to exercise, and we seem to hear about more by the day. Check out some great reasons here.

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