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
6:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Debrief: Do gun background check databases work?

Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter joined afternoon host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about what public health experts and legal scholars have to say about mental health records and the gun background check database. A transcript follows. You can listen to our feature story on Rhode Island's lack of participation in the National Instant Criminal Background Check, or NICS, database here.

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Health Care
5:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

No RI records in nat'l gun background check database

(PROVIDENCE, RI) President Obama has just unveiled a set of 23 actions he’ll take to curb gun violence. Among them: encouraging states to share information with a national background check database. While some states are already contributing a significant amount of information, Rhode Island hasn’t submitted a single record.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

American Lung Association scores RI's tobacco efforts

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s scores are mixed on a new report card from the American Lung Association.   The grades are based on the state’s efforts to control and prevent tobacco use.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Paying for graduate medical education: what experts say

This morning, you might have heard the next in our Future Docs series, which looks at a projected doctor shortage and how graduate medical education funding could staunch or deepen that shortage.

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Future Docs
5:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Future Docs 5: Are We Training Enough New Doctors?

Brian Drolet, MD preps for a busy day in the Rhode Island Hospital surgery clinic.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The nation spends billions of dollars every year training future doctors. But health care experts worry we’re still not training enough doctors to prevent a serious shortage.

Next in our Future Docs series, we explore the problem and some possible solutions.

Brian Drolet is a fourth year plastic surgery resident at Rhode Island Hospital. He’s originally from New Hampshire, and went to medical school at Vanderbilt University. He says he’s drawn to plastic surgery because of the variety of cases.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

RI's congressional delegates call for gun control

Sens. Whitehouse, Reed and Reps. Langevin, Cicilline
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

(Providence, RI) All four members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation gathered today to announce their commitment to pushing for stronger gun control laws.

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Health Care
1:29 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Flu in Rhode Island: How bad is it?

If you've got the flu, it's bad. Awfully bad. But is this season any worse than unusual? Are hospitals really being overwhelmed by "skyrocketing" cases in an unprecedented outbreak?

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Health Care
4:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Another RI compounding pharmacy shuttered

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Another compounding pharmacy in Rhode Island has been shuttered and the pharmacist in charge barred from practicing. And once again, cleanliness and record-keeping played a part.

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Health Care
2:16 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

RI falls behind on some kids' dental health measures

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A new report from the Pew Center on the States finds that Rhode Island is falling behind when it comes to meet children’s dental health needs.

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The Pulse
3:33 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

85 years later, penicillin still vital for Rhode Islanders

85 years ago, Alexander Fleming discovered some mold growing in one of his petri dishes. In his lab at Oxford, Fleming noticed a substance the mold produced inhibited the growth of some species of bacteria. But the substance was difficult to work with, and the discovery lingered untapped for many years.

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