Jaclyn Cosgrove
Local News Medical and Health Reporter

Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics.

She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma.

She is the president of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists professional chapter and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


  • Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, placing it among worst in nation

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, meaning residents 65 and older have some of the worst health outcomes in the U.S. but also receive some of the worst medical care in the nation, a newly released report shows. The state ranked poorly in America’s Health Rankings’ senior health report, in part, because Oklahoma has a high […]

  • Oklahoma residents lose belongings to flood, but thankful they are alive

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Oklahoma residents across the region, including in Lawton, Indiahoma, Cache, Medicine Park, Meers and Paradise Valley saw flooding Sunday. There were no reports of injuries or deaths, according to Comanche County Emergency Management.

  • Alzheimer's steals memories but not couple's love

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The Gardners are among the thousands of Oklahoma families watching a loved one gradually disappear. An estimated 60,000 Oklahomans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Identifying whether a patient is conscious and will recover is often difficult, expert says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Dr. Joseph Fins, a medical ethics professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, recently spoke at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City about patients who suffer brain injuries. Fins said patients with brain injuries are sometimes assessed as unconscious when they actually are in a minimally conscious state.

  • The majority of Oklahomans with mental illness who are in jail would be better served outside criminal justice system, state leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A backlog of inmates in Tulsa County continue to wait for competency evaluations as law enforcement and mental health leaders discuss the best course of action to take, the state’s mental health commissioner said Friday.

  • What’s the plan to reduce Oklahoma County’s teen births by one-third?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Oklahoma County has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. A coalition of health leaders hope to change that. The Central Oklahoma Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaboration rolled out a plan this week to reduce teen births in Oklahoma County by one-third by 2020. Although Oklahoma’s teen birth rate has decreased over the past […]

  • Oklahoma health care providers speak out on proposed SoonerCare cuts

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Several nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other medical providers Thursday raised concerns at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s medical advisory committee meeting. Under the current budget proposal, the agency would cut the rate that it pays nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives and other midlevel providers to 85 percent of 89 percent of what Medicare pays providers.

  • Oklahoma sees significant decline in adults smoking cigarettes, CDC reports

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen a significant decrease in the number of adults who smoke cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. In 2011, 26 percent of Oklahoma adults 18 and older smoked cigarettes. By 2013, that number decreased to about 24 percent. Oklahoma health officials celebrated this decline last year, when Oklahoma saw its smoking […]

  • How Sophie, a 120-pound German Shepherd, helps an Oklahoma veteran find peace

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Edward Shepherd wasn’t leaving his home. The paranoia was too much to handle, leaving him unable to perform simple tasks. Friends and family brought him groceries. He hardly slept, startled by the loud noises of living in a city. The crashing sound from the 3 a.m. garbage truck was his least favorite. Shepherd was back after almost five […]

  • For veterans, yoga class at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center brings peace of mind

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    About 60 veterans have taken a class at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center that many have said has helped them better control their PTSD symptoms. The weekly class helps veterans learn about breathing and meditation.

  • Oklahoma medical board dismisses sexual misconduct case against Oklahoma City physician

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision on Thursday dismissed its 2008 sexual complaint against Dr. Jeffrey Porras, an Oklahoma City family practice physician.

  • Tulsa physician was known as ‘queen of lean’ for ‘purple drank’ prescriptions, board says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision voted unanimously Thursday to keep an emergency suspension in place on the medical license of Dr. Tamerlane Rozsa, a Tulsa-based family medicine physician.

  • 'Dire consequences' ahead for state Health Department if Legislature cuts budget, an Oklahoma leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    ‘Dire consequences’ could lie ahead ahead for the Oklahoma Health Department if the Legislature cuts budget, the state’s health commissioner warns.

  • Oklahoma student advocates for awareness of food allergies

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Michael Mandanas, A 14-year-old student of Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, has started advocating for more awareness of food allergies, a growing food safety and public health concern that affects an estimated 4 to 6 percent of children in the United States. Mandanas is allergic to tree nuts, which include almonds, hazelnuts and cashews; peanuts; and shellfish, including shrimp, crab and lobster.

  • Oklahoma City VA surgeon questioned colleagues' skills years before heart program closure

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A little more than two years before federal authorities temporarily closed the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center’s heart program, a senior surgeon at the hospital voiced concerns about his fellow surgeons’ medical competencies.

  • A big thumbs-down: Thumb arthritis common, especially among baby boomer women

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Thumb arthritis is the most common form of osteoarthritis affecting the hand, according to the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Ghazi Rayan, an orthopedic surgeon at Integris Baptist Medical Center, answered a few questions about the disease.

  • Uninsured Oklahoma City woman gets surgery free of charge, thanks to donated medical care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Trisha Grider, 44, felt hopeless. She needed major hip surgery, but lacked health insurance and didn’t have the money to see a specialist. That changed, a few months ago, when an Oklahoma City nonprofit helped connect her with an orthopedic surgeon who donated his time.

  • Edmond boy learns to live with tics, Tourette syndrome

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Grant Shields, a 14-year-old Edmond teen, is hoping to educate his fellow Oklahomans about Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Shields was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in 2010.

  • Oklahoma City cancer survivor turned bodybuilder finds solace in her health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Rhonda Spinks, a 36-year-old Oklahoma City resident, competed in her first bodybuilding competition about five years after her doctors told her that her cancer was gone.

  • Listeria outbreak: Q&A with Oklahoma state epidemiologist

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Thus far, 10 people across four states, including one person in Oklahoma, have been sickened by several strains of Listeria after eating tainted Blue Bell ice cream products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:49:02 PM CST RT @caracowanwatts: The State is so eager to sign the compact, they already announced it...and vote not even taken! LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:46:54 PM CST @BranWilkenDRC You'll make a great cops reporter.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:45:58 PM CST @jennh_ Is that your application for breaking news reporter?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:43:01 PM CST An entire newspaper where the stories are just emojis. (Your head just exploded, didn't it?)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:33:00 PM CST A woman left me a voicemail that she started out by singing. Can everyone start doing that? Please and thank you. #HowToMakeReportersHappy
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 04:23:53 PM CST RT @NewsOKPolitics: Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted on multiple charges, inc…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 12:58:29 PM CST @U23FM @MimsBakeryOKC Yes! I've been dying to try that truck!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 12:58:06 PM CST @susannesophia I almost fell face first off the knee extension machine. It took talent and coordination.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 12:13:53 PM CST Chiropractor who practiced in OKC admits to $2M real estate scam LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 09:45:43 PM CST Whoever hacked the largest homeless shelter in OKC's Twitter account is a terrible person. https://t.co/IXFALp3LvG
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 09:20:13 PM CST @lansdallius I've heard we are good at getting kids into pre-K. In terms of health, we rank poorly in a lot of categories.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 04:50:11 PM CST Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, placing it among worst in nation LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 03:08:32 PM CST More context about the number of deputies who have received Crisis Intervention Training (mental health training) https://t.co/wc6t6M3fFT
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 03:07:27 PM CST @TrynKeepUp I don't, but looks interesting!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 02:52:47 PM CST I mean, subtweeting feels good in the moment. #ReporterProblems
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 02:23:59 PM CST @carriejacobs @SilasAllen1 My guffaw echoed throughout the newsroom.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 02:20:12 PM CST Yes, it's really called "Bourbon" virus -- Rare tick-borne illness confirmed in Oklahoma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 12:41:49 PM CST @OkCountySheriff @EmIndustrious @MHAOKLA @TCSO Thank you! I wonder if anyone has a comprehensive numbers list cc: @ODMHSASINFO @jeaninedok
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 12:41:28 PM CST Number of @OkCountySheriff deputies with Crisis Intervention Training, which helps them take mental health calls https://t.co/fQ83H9XR9J
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 12:40:30 PM CST Let's talk about mental health, suicide prevention LINK cc: @mhaokla

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