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

What’s happening in your health in Rhode Island, Nov. 8 ELECTION DAY: Want to have a say in what happens to health care? Vote !
HEALTH CAREERS : The Advancing Health Career Education in Rhode Island Schools summit takes place Nov. 15, convening leaders in health career education, healthcare practice, and secondary school educators at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI. The summit is for middle and high school mathematics teachers, science teachers, guidance counselors, and school...

Rhode Island-based CVSHealth says it will be laying off hundreds of employees across the country. T hat includes about 250 positions in Rhode Island.

Brown Medicine Magazine

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Nov. 1: OPEN ENROLLMENT : Today (Nov. 1) is the beginning of open enrollment for health insurance plans sold on the state’s Obamacare exchange, HealthSource RI .

FORUM Seizing the Moment to End HepC
Aaron Read

Seizing the Moment to End Hepatitis C:
A Discussion with Experts and Advocates WATCH THE ARCHIVED VIDEO WEBCAST HERE Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Brown University School of Public Health
121 S. Main Street, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI Hepatitis C is killing more Rhode Islanders today than ever before – especially baby boomers. A new study shows that the disease burden in Rhode Island is much greater than previously believed. The good news is that there’s a...

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The Rhode Island Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, or RICCAP, is warning against legalizing recreational marijuana. The organization has issued a statement about the drug’s impact on young people.

For the past few weeks we’ve been featuring stories of Rhode Islanders who reach across differences like race, religion and politics, in our series “Speaking Across Difference.” We also asked you to weigh in and share your own experience through an online survey. Several dozen people took the time to answer our questions.

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Open enrollment for health insurance plans on Rhode Island’s exchange, HealthSource RI, begins Tuesday, November 1 st . There will be fewer plans, but lower premiums this time around. Monthly premiums are increasing by double digits for health insurance plans sold on the federal Obamacare exchange. But in Rhode Island, HealthSource RI head Zach Sherman says it's just the opposite. “We’re actually seeing rates go down for 2017. Our current customers are going to see on average their rates go...

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A guide to what's on your ballot this year. This is a general presidential election year, meaning the top choice on your ballot is for president of the United States. But that’s not the only decision you’ll be asked to make on this year’s ballot in Rhode Island.

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National Institutes of Health

The Rhode Island Department of Health is expanding free breast cancer follow up care for more low-income women. The program used to help only uninsured women get follow-up care after an abnormal finding during breast cancer screening. Now the program will help women who are insured but can’t afford co-pays and deductibles. Breast cancer follow-up services include things like diagnostic breast imaging and biopsies. Eligibility for these services will be determined by a woman’s income, which...

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Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island: BENEFITS/UHIP : State lawmakers grilled staff from the Departments of Human Services and Administration about what they deemed the “botched” rollout of a new state benefits system on Thurs., Oct. 20. The system, known as UHIP , replaces dozens of decades-old computer systems that determine eligibility for programs like food stamps and enroll people in those programs. It was a complex, expensive undertaking by anyone’s standards: transfer...

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State lawmakers grilled staff from the Departments of Human Services and Administration about what they deemed the “botched” rollout of a new state benefits system Thursday afternoon.

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Accessing mental health care can be tough for kids in Rhode Island. There’s a shortage of practitioners and programs and a growing need for care. This week on The Pulse, we explore how schools and communities are bridging some of the gaps, bringing mental health services right into the school building.

Public Doman

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island: UHIP : Rhode Island’s new benefits system continues to report problems and successes serving clients. This is the $360+ million dollar replacement for dozens of old state benefit systems that didn’t talk to each other. The new system is supposed to make it easier to determine a client’s eligibility for programs like food stamps or Medicaid and enroll them, all in one spot. But wait times for help with those programs in field offices have been...