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
4:00 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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Science
5:30 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Brain Activity Map Creates Buzz, But Funding Still Needed

Brain researcher John Donoghue
Credit Brown University

Scientists in Rhode Island are waiting for word from the federal government about whether or not it will fund a huge, multi-year effort to map the brain’s activity. But, as the head of the Institute for Brain Science at Brown University says, funding or no funding, even the buzz about brain science is beneficial.

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Addiction and Recovery
5:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Silver Boom: Senior Substance Abuse Grows, Resources Lag

Sam Bynum at The Anchor Center in Pawtucket, RI.
Credit Felicia Lesnett / The Providence Center

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 it can benefit from it. Here’s an in-depth look at the growing problem of substance abuse and addiction among seniors, beginning at a community recovery center in Pawtucket.

Sam Bynum wasn’t born an alcoholic. But, like many alcoholics will tell you, the signs were there early on.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
4:30 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: Share Your Stories of Navigating Long Term Care

Are you caring for aging parents, or an aging spouse? Have you had to find a long term care option? What was helpful? What do you wish you had known before you started?

Please share your experiences and join the discussion in our comments section below.

Health Care
2:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: Fight Isolation with Interdependence, Says Taylor

Catherine Taylor, Director, Division of Elderly Affairs
Credit Division of Elderly Affairs

Catherine Taylor, Director of Rhode Island's Division of Elderly Affairs, joined us in our studio earlier to help us kick off our series, The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island. You'll find a link to listen to that interview below.

She also sent us these thoughts about how Rhode Island seniors can break out of isolation and find help.

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The Pulse
12:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: 1 in 4 Will Be 60+ By 2030

By 2030, a quarter of Rhode Islanders will be 60 or older.

 

Health Care
1:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to institute a national background check for nursing home workers. Federal grant money – and some extra costs for nursing homes – are at stake.

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The Pulse
5:48 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Should Smokers Pay More for Health Insurance?

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers will be able to charge smokers up to 50% more than non-smokers for health insurance. Fair or not, a Politico article points out how difficult that policy might be to enforce - and not simply because smokers could lie. For instance:

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