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
12:10 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ticknado: Coming To A Yard Near You

Sharknado? For wimps. Ticknado? Run for cover!

But it's no laughing matter, says Tom Mather, resident tick expert at the University of Rhode Island. Fall means the return of disease-carrying deer ticks for a bit before the coldest temperatures finally send them underground. And that means there's still a risk of catching Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Health Care
4:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Block Island Asks State For Help Combatting Lyme

Female deer ticks, satiated after a blood meal, in test tubes in Yale University's tick lab.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Block Island Health Service officials say the state Department of Health has agreed to meet with them about the steep increase in Lyme disease on the island. Island officials want the state to take a more active role in fighting the disease.

Block Island Health Services officials say they’ve seen 68 cases of Lyme disease through August of this year. That’s up from 48 for all of the previous year. Health service head Barbara Baldwin says she decided it was time to ask for some help.

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The Pulse
12:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

The Safer Way To Donate, Use Breast Milk

You may have heard about a new study to be published in the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics about finding high levels of harmful bacteria in breast milk bought from online sources. Here's USA Today's coverage of that study.

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The Pulse
4:50 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Debrief: What's Ahead For RI's Health Exchange

Employees taking calls at HealthSource RI's call center in Rhode Island.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

HealthSource RI has been up and running for a couple of weeks now. And it’s where uninsured Rhode Islanders and small businesses can find a health plan – which they’ll need to do by January 1st. The head of HealthSource RI –Christy Ferguson—briefed state lawmakers yesterday on how that’s going. And Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay was there. She joined afternoon host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about what Ferguson had to say to lawmakers.

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Health Care
1:12 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI Opens Retail Store

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island opens a retail store in Warwick.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island has opened its first retail location in Warwick, another sign of the shifting health insurance business landscape.

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Health Care
9:15 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Senators Briefed On The State of Healthsource RI

Director of the health benefits exchange, Healthsource RI, Christy Ferguson at a Senate briefing.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The head of Rhode Island's online insurance marketplace says she's encouraged by the amount of interest consumers have shown in signing up for health insurance on the state’s newly launched health exchange.

It’s been up and running since October 1st to help uninsured Rhode Islanders and small businesses get the health coverage most are required to have by January 2014.

Healthsource RI leader Christy Ferguson briefed state senators on how it’s working last night. She says the exchange could help drive down health care costs if plenty of small businesses sign up.

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The Pulse
3:19 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Football And Concussions In Rhode Island

Have you watched any of the PBS Frontline series "League of Denial?" If so, has it changed how you feel about letting your kids play football, watching football, or football in general?

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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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