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
4:19 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Task Force Hears Public on Guns, Mental Health

A joint task force is hearing public testimony this afternoon on Rhode Island's compliance - or lack there-of- with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That's one of three national databases gun sellers are supposed to check before they sell you a gun, and it's the one that contains records of involuntary commitment, substance abuse, and other mental health data. The other databases contain criminal records. Rhode Island does not submit mental health records to NICS, and it's trying to figure out whether it can and should.

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Health Care
3:09 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

RI Smoking Rates Down, But Costs Still High

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Department of Health has a new report out on how many Rhode Islanders smoke. While the number of adult smokers has declined, nearly one in five Rhode Islanders still smokes.

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The Pulse
1:29 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Are You Changing Health Plans For 2014?

Health Care
5:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Bill to Help Kids' Psychiatric Hospitals Advances

Legislation to make more funding available to train new doctors in child psychiatry has cleared a hurdle in congress. If it becomes law, it could boost access to treatment at places like Bradley Hospital.

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Health Care
4:13 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Kilmartin, Fine Urge United Healthcare To Reinstate Doctors

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Health Department director Michael Fine have sent a letter to the CEO of United Healthcare New England expressing their concern over the insurer’s dropping of dozens of doctors from its managed Medicare plan in the state. They want United to reinstate doctors until they submit a plan to handle the transition.

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Health Care
1:41 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Moody's: RI Cities May Shift Retiree Health Costs

Rhode Island municipalities, like Providence, need to rein in costs or risk a credit downgrade.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

In a new report, investment research firm Moody's says more Rhode Island cities are looking into shifting retirees into health plans on the online health insurance exchange to save money. That's just one of several strategies cities are considering to deal with rising health care costs. 

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The Pulse
4:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Diabetes Rising In RI + A Diabetic Teddy Bear

Interactive map of diabetes rates by county, over time.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On this World Diabetes Day, I decided to look into the prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island and find out whether diagnoses are on the rise. They are, unsurprisingly. Check out this interactive map from the CDC that shows the increase in diabetes rates over time in each Rhode Island county.

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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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