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 Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
4:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: Are You an Older Learner?

School lockers
Credit RIPR

If you're over 60, have you decided to go back to school? Why?

Please join the discussion in our comments section!

The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
2:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: Should We Let Elderly Prisoners Go?

Rhode Island's prison population is aging. Should we release old and frail prisoners? Should we keep them in special nursing homes for prisoners? Let us know what you think and why in the comments section below.

The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
12:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: Aging Behind Bars, By the Numbers

Data from: The Rhode Island Department of Corrections, The National Institutes of Health, and the Journal of Correctional Health Care

Health Care
5:48 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Medicaid Report Finds Some Fraud; Bigger Problem is Data Sharing

Secretary Steven Costantino, left, and Director Sandra Powell, far right, at a Wednesday press conference on the Ken Block report.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee has released a new report on Medicaid fraud. Lawmakers and citizen groups had been pressuring Chafee to make the report public.

And, after declining for fear of jeopardizing fraud investigations, Chafee finally released the report, along with several proposed anti-fraud bills and a timeline of his administration’s efforts over the past few years to crack down on corruption.  

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
3:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

The Silver Boom: Is Multi-Generational Living for You?

Would your family benefit from living with your parents and grandparents? Are you already living in a multi-generational household? If so, why?

Join the discussion in our comments section!

The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
12:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

The Silver Boom: Cost of Long-Term Care in Rhode Island

These are the average costs, over time, of some long-term care options in Rhode Island.

Note that the assisted living figure is monthly ($3528 in 2012), the nursing home rate is daily ($265 in 2012), and the home health aide figure is hourly ($24 in 2012).  That means that if you or a loved one needed 365 days of nursing home care, for example, the cost would be about $97,000 for the year. If you needed about 20 hours of help a week from a home health aide every day of the year, that would work out to about $25,000.

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Health Care
4:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

The Silver Boom: A Growing Shortage of Mental Health Specialists

Dr. Robert Kohn, geriatric psychiatrist
Credit Brown University

Will we have enough geriatric specialists to take care of Rhode Island's aging population?

In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island,” we’re looking this week at how the state will take care of this expanding older population, and how the state benefits from these older residents.

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Health Care
12:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

The Silver Boom: More Seniors Seek Treatment, But Fewer Options

More seniors are seeking substance abuse treatment, but treatment options for seniors are declining.
Credit US Dept. of Health and Human Services / Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Future Docs
11:30 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Friday is 'Match Day' for the Nation's Future Doctors

Credit Pi., Leiden, Holland / Wikimedia Commons

This Friday at 1:00 pm EDT, more than 17,000 U.S. medical school seniors and another 16,000 other applicants (internationals, etc.) find out where they'll train as residents for the next several years of their lives.

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