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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Health Care
4:53 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

RI Health Dept. Encourages Hep C Testing for Boomers

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Rhode Island Dept. of Health estimates nearly 11,000 Rhode Islanders are infected with the Hepatitis C virus but don’t know it. That’s why the department is encouraging testing.

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Future Docs
3:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

A Year of Future Docs, In One Documentary

Future Docs Peter Kaminski and Sarah Rapoport begin their third year of medical school this summer.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Throughout the school year, we've been following two bright, young, future doctors. Now, we're wrapping up the journey with a one-hour documentary about the crucible of medical school, set against the backdrop of some of the most dramatic changes in health care in a generation. Listen to the full hour or individual segments online, below, or download and listen on the go.

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Health Care
11:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Online Health Insurance Marketplace to Offer 28 Plans

Rhode Island’s online marketplace for health insurance is taking shape in preparation for October 1st. That's the date the exchange is scheduled to be up and running with a variety of new health plans to choose from.

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The Pulse
4:03 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Drug Overdose Deaths; Tracking Opioid Prescribers

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Opioids are narcotic painkillers, and they include popular drugs with brand names like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Demerol. Heroin is another. And while the former have eased the pain of many, all of these drugs are potential killers. They're incredibly addictive. And prescription drug overdose deaths, according to what many health care providers and experts tell me, have reached epidemic status in Rhode Island.

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Health Care
3:13 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Women & Infants Researcher Counters Critics of Premature Baby Study

Examining an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Naval Medical Center San Diego
Credit US Navy

Women and Infants Hospital is responding to allegations that a research study of premature babies in which it participated didn’t properly inform parents of the risks.

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Future Docs
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Future Docs 10: Good Luck, Sarah and Peter

Second year medical student Peter Kaminski practices suturing on a pig's foot.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Throughout the school year, we’ve been documenting the experiences of two Brown University medical students. They’ve begun their careers at a time when health care is changing dramatically – from where we get care to who provides it and how we pay for it. But our Future Docs Sarah and Peter are ready to dive in. They’re about to begin their third year in medical school, leaving behind the familiarity of the classroom for the new world of the hospital wards.

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Health Care
2:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Newport Drinking Water Exceeds Safety Standard

Credit Environmental Protection Agency

Newport residents received notice this week that levels of some cancer-causing chemicals in their water have exceeded what’s allowed by the federal government. It’s no emergency, but the city is upgrading its treatment facilities to prevent possible long term health effects.

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The Pulse
2:08 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

New Hospital Price Data Helps, But What About Quality?

You may have heard news yesterday that the federal government has released a greater level of detail on the prices hospitals charge for a list of common procedures and how widely those prices vary - not only from state to state but within states, and  even within the same city. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS), from 3000 hospitals nationwide.

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Future Docs
5:14 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Med School Enrollment Up 30% by 2017. Will It Help?

New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges shows med school enrollment is on track to reach a 30% increase by 2017. That's over enrollment numbers in 2002.

Rhode Island's own Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is no exception, with record enrollment numbers.

What's most interesting about the data is that a good number of the new med school slots are in newly accredited or in-the-process-of-becoming accredited medical schools. There's one in our own backyard that fits that bill, Quinnipiac.

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Health Care
2:45 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

USDA to Help RI Feed Low-Income Kids This Summer

Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon at a school lunch program in Arlington, VA, October 2011.
Credit US Dept. of Agriculture

Rhode Island is getting a boost from the US Department of Agriculture to help attract more kids in need to its summer food program. The USDA’s goal is to increase participation by 10 percent.

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