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.

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The U.S. Food and Nutrition Service wants more information before it can approve a plan to turn around the state’s troubled benefits system, UHIP. The feds want more detailed plans for how the state can reduce wait times for benefits like food stamps.

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Beginning in February, low-income seniors and disabled Rhode Islanders will pay 50 cents to ride Rhode Island Public Transit buses.

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Data from a new survey about risky behavior among teens has just been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers show that nearly half of Rhode Island teenagers have texted while driving a car. 

About one in four teenagers reported currently using marijuana. Rhode Island’s child psychiatrists recently issued a statement expressing their concern about this increase and its potential effects on developing brains.

RIPTA will continue its free bus pass program for low income seniors and disabled people through the end of January. The public transit authority says the extension is designed to give riders a chance to adjust to the new fare schedule.

Beginning in February, low income seniors and the disabled will pay fifty cents a ride. Riders have protested the fare increase. But RIPTA authorities say the program has grown so big it's financially unsustainable. 

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Here’s what’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, Dec. 20:

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Health care giant Johnson & Johnson plans to open a new technology center in Rhode Island. The center could bring about 75 highly skilled jobs in the first half of 2017. 

Gov. Gina Raimondo says the company’s decision shows Rhode Island is gaining a reputation as a “hub for advanced industries.” Johnson & Johnson executive Steve Wrenn says in a statement the company chose Rhode Island because of its network of institutions of higher education and commitment to health and technology sectors.

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For older people, driving can mean the difference between freedom and dependence. But what happens if Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia begins to take hold? When do family members know it’s time to take away the keys? This week on The Pulse, we explore the options for families having this tough conversation. 

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State health officials say they missed more than two dozen victims of accidental opioid overdose in prior reporting on last year, and the undercount continued into the current calendar year. The problem appears to stem from data entry errors.

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Workers at Women and Infants Hospital have voted to authorize a potential strike. The union and the hospital are struggling to resolve a contract negotiation. 

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Here what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Dec. 13:

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The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit against the state’s Department of Human Services for what it calls a failure to provide food stamps in a timely manner. 

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State health care leaders are keeping a close watch on the future of the Affordable Care Act.

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President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Co-Chair of the U.S. Senate Climate Action Task Force  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says he’s disheartened by the choice. He says Pruitt denies the reality of climate change. And the attorney general was among those who sued the EPA over its Clean Power Plan to mitigate climate change.

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UPDATE: Gov. Gina Raimondo has appointed Tom Guthlein Acting Associate Director of Program Operations at DHS to oversee the customer service team. Director Melba Depeña-Affigne’s role has not changed. 

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Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Dec. 6:

THUNDERMIST CEO: Thundermist Health Center President and CEO Chuck Jones is stepping down in February. Jones joined Thundermist in 2008. He moves on to be CEO of Harbor Health Services in Dorchester, MA. Thundermist will conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

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