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
11:36 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Brown Researchers' "BrainGate" Wins $1M Prize

BrainGate trial with robotic arm
Credit BrainGate team / Brown University

BrainGate is a research project based primarily at Brown University, but with scientist, physician, and engineer team members at Massachusetts General, Stanford University, and the Providence VA, focused on developing technologies that help people with neurologic disease or injuries regain the ability to move and communicate.

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Health Care
4:39 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

New Study Praises Providence's Anti-Tobacco Efforts

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A new study from public health researchers praises Providence’s efforts to curb tobacco use. The researchers say other cities should follow suit in banning certain tobacco retail practices.

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Health Care
4:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Program Aims To Curb ER Use, Integrate Mental Health and Primary Care

The Providence Center has received a $1.7 million dollar federal grant to try to help people with mental health problems avoid the emergency room.  The program could help hospitals, and the state, slash some of the most expensive medical bills.      

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Health Care
12:20 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

HealthSource RI: 33,000 Visits, Less Than 800 Sign Ups

HealthSource RI – Rhode Island’s online health insurance marketplace – has attracted more than 30,000 visits since launching on October 1st.

Nearly 40,000 people have called the exchange’s call center. And more than 33,000 have visited the web site.

But just a few thousand have taken the extra step to create an account. And less than 800 have actually completed an application – meaning they’ve selected a health plan, had their identity verified, and either paid for the plan or will soon.

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The Pulse
4:37 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

RI Rolls Out Integrated Care Initiative For Elderly, Disabled

Rhode Islanders who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid - the so-called "dual eligibles" - take note: you're being enrolled in a new health plan designed to coordinate your primary care and long term care needs a bit better. It's called the Integrated Care Initiative, it could affect nearly 28,000 Rhode Islanders, and it's not without controversy.

But first, what's it about?

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RI News
9:21 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Heather Abbott Speaks About Her Recovery

Heather Abbott at an event at Salve Regina University in Newport.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Newport resident and survivor of the Boston marathon bombings Heather Abbott gave her first formal presentation Wednesday to a packed lecture hall at Salve Regina University.  Abbott told the audience how she recovered from the partial amputation of her left leg. She’s continuing physical therapy for that injury but she must still undergo surgery for another.

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The Pulse
1:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

What It Takes To Curb Rx Overdose Deaths

That's the question vexing public health directors - and anyone with a loved one who's experienced one -  everywhere. That includes Rhode Island, where health department chief Dr. Michael Fine named combating prescription drug overdose deaths one of his top priorities.

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Health Care
1:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

RI Using Some Promising Tools to Combat Overdose Deaths

A new report finds that while deaths from prescription drug overdose have doubled in Rhode Island, the state has implemented many of the measures experts say can prevent those deaths.

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Health Care
1:54 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

House Committee to Investigate Failure to Win Pain Pump License

Lawmakers will review an application to refill pain pumps in patients' homes.

A Rhode Island House committee aims to find out why a health care company failed to win a license to provide home pain management services in the state. Pentec withdrew its application, but the controversy continues.

Pentec is a company that provides specialty services for patients using complicated medical devices, such as pain pumps. These are devices that are implanted to help control pain that’s otherwise unmanageable. Pentec nurses can visit patients at home to refill their pain pumps. And some say that’s critical for patients who find it too painful to travel for a refill.

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Health Care
4:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

For-Profit Medical Marijuana Consultancy Applies for License

Rhode Island authorities are considering a new application for permission to open a medical marijuana consultancy. B & B Consulting bills itself as a first-of-its-kind medical marijuana "evaluation center."

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