Jaclyn Cosgrove
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.

Top Stories


  • Locking up parents may be worse than previously thought for children's health, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The ripple effects of locking up parents might be even worse than previously thought, at least in regards to children’s health, freelance journalist Ryan White reports on his “Children’s Health Matters” blog. White writes about a study that shows that “parental incarceration is independently associated with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral or […]

  • Oklahoma health officials worry e-cigarettes may lead youth to cigarette smoking

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found youths who have used e-cigarettes are almost twice as likely to intend to smoke conventional cigarettes.

  • How other states are implementing Medicaid changes for former foster youth

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    In the midst of writing a story about former foster youth eligible for Medicaid, I called around to find out what other states were doing. In Oklahoma, an estimated 2,300 former foster youth are now eligible to remain on the state’s Medicaid program until age 26. However, only a fraction has signed up since Jan. 1, in part, […]

  • Glitches delay Medicaid enrollment for former foster kids in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    An estimated 2,300 former foster youth are eligible to remain on the state’s Medicaid program until age 26, although some will have coverage through other means and not need the state plan. That change in eligibility is thanks to a provision of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that expanded the Medicaid program to allow young people who were in foster care when they turned 18 to remain on the state health insurance coverage plan until age 26.

  • American Cancer Society report says Oklahoma lags behind in combating cancer, providing care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Despite Oklahoma’s measures to fight cancer, the state got poor marks in a national report released Thursday from American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.

  • Oklahoma's teen birth rate remains high, decreasing at a lower rate than most states

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Teen childbearing in the United States has been declining for years. However, over the past 20 years, Oklahoma has seen its teen birth rate decrease more slowly than most other states.

  • OKC Public Schools swears in first Hispanic woman to serve school board

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    At Monday night’s Oklahoma City Public Schools board meeting, Gloria Torres became the first Hispanic woman to serve on the board.

  • What's it like: To suffer a mental health crisis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Symptoms of a mental health crisis can include neglect of personal hygiene; dramatic change in sleep habits; weight gain or loss; decline in performance at work or school; noticeable mood changes, such as irritability, anger, anxiety or sadness; and withdrawal from routine activities and relationships.

  • Large need seen for American Indians, other minorities as organ donors in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    For two years, Tim Bishop, a 41-year-old Oklahoman from Stilwell, waited for a kidney transplant. He wants to raise awareness about American Indians signing up to be organ donors.

  • Oklahoma's rural hospitals work to stay open, viable

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, rural hospitals often are small, with a low volume of services, and have difficulty remaining financially viable under the regular hospital prospective payment system. But officials of Oklahoma’s rural hospitals are trying to change that.

  • West Nile virus activity remains low in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma’s first case of West Nile was confirmed in early July in a Major County resident older than 50 who was hospitalized because of symptoms of the virus. Since then, the state Health Department has not confirmed any other West Nile virus activity in humans.

  • CDC awards more than $1 million to Oklahoma to advance prescription drug overdose prevention

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that Oklahoma will receive more than $1 million over the next three years to help prevent prescription drug overdoses and address the patient and prescribing behaviors that drive it.

  • Oklahomans with serious mental illness who qualify for Medicaid to benefit from 'health home' model

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma adults with serious mental illness are dying 25 years younger than the general population. The state’s mental health agency hopes to help change that through better health care integration.

  • Oklahoma babies are breast-fed at lower rates than most of the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Oklahoma babies are breast-fed at some of the lowest rates in the nation, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

  • Should Oklahomans be worried about Ebola?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Cynthia Harry, an epidemiologist with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, said Oklahomans have little to no risk of contracting Ebola, especially if they have no plans to travel to West Africa.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn begins final series of town hall meetings

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    A crowd of about 170 people at Oklahoma City Community College on Monday night asked a range of questions and were responsive to Sen. Tom Coburn’s answers. Many applauded. A handful yelled at him, and a few attempted debate.

  • COPD can make extreme temperatures in Oklahoma and elsewhere difficult

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Many people with COPD notice that their symptoms worsen with weather changes, such as fronts coming through, more humidity or impending rain or snow, according to the COPD Foundation. People with COPD sometimes have trouble breathing in cold weather, which can cause shortness of breath. And the heat might also be troublesome.

  • What's it like: To have blood clots

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Blood clotting is a normal process that the body uses to seal small cuts on blood vessel walls to stop bleeding. But sometimes a blood clot can build up in an artery or vein and result in a life-threatening situation.

  • Increased Medicaid copayments prove difficult for Oklahoma man

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    John Thorson, 60, is one of thousands of Oklahomans on the state’s Medicaid program who saw the amount of money they pay for prescriptions increase over the past month.

  • Rural Oklahoma medical clinic struggles to find doctors

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Because of federal sequestration, funding of the National Health Service Corps program was cut by $15 million, or 5.1 percent, in 2014, according to the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 01 2014 09:58:23 PM CST Wow. I still think #mightykacy is a badass. Watching #ANW makes me want to go climb something.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 01 2014 06:44:15 PM CST Another quick visit to the park. #nola #followyournola #parks #neworleans #louisiana #outdoors… LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 01 2014 11:39:42 AM CST RT @julianakeeping: 57,000 discharged #iraq and #afghanistan #veterans will likely experience homelessness w/i 5 years of discharge. Meet 4…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 01 2014 11:39:33 AM CST RT @voxdotcom: In America, Labor Day is a lie LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 01 2014 11:36:56 AM CST Someone tell Oklahoma. "MT: @RWJF: Culture of Health Prize rewards $25k to communities working to improve health! https://t.co/cCTE8a1wPF”
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 01 2014 11:35:09 AM CST @eCapitol_Shawn That amount would feed me and @Tiffanyg89, but definitely not small people, too.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 01 2014 09:24:29 AM CST RT @momspennies: Housewife Ann Cox Williams poses with the $12.50 worth of groceries, that in 1947, fed her family of 4 for a week. http://…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 01 2014 09:21:41 AM CST RT @conradhackett: LABOR DAY: In 2013, 51% of Americans had a favorable view of labor unions, up 10% since 2011 LINK htt…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 31 2014 03:20:10 PM CST RT @JeromeElam: @jaclyncosgrove Local man tells horrifying tales of child sex slavery LINK via @fcn2go
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 30 2014 11:04:43 PM CST A beautiful day in the park. #nola #nolaigers #igersnola #neworleans #louisiana #outdoors #parks @… LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 30 2014 07:43:24 PM CST Great swamp tour today. Our guide Captain Brent knew a lot about the area (and had names for alligators we met) LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 30 2014 10:55:54 AM CST Cowboys and Indians: OSU fans carry deplorable signs at College GameDay - LINK LINK via @ocolly
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 29 2014 08:19:31 PM CST Fried nuggets with delicious ranch and buffalo sauces. #vegan #veganfood #veganfoodporn #nola… LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 29 2014 03:32:29 PM CST Front page of today's Times-Picayune: Nine years after Katrina #nola #neworleans LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 29 2014 02:31:50 PM CST RT @cityofokc: .@hefner_goats So….we had City employees read some of your tweets. LINK #hefnergoats
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 29 2014 02:31:21 PM CST @skoraRunning I didn't know that. Interesting!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 29 2014 12:13:31 AM CST @AshleyReynolds @ChelseaRice Just passed the rickshaws in New Orleans and thought about our Denver adventure!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:38:01 PM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: Attn Millennials! Please respond to @kelfry inquiry about what you want from @newsok @TheOklahoman
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:37:54 PM CST RT @kelfry: Seeking input from Millennials, what content do you need/want from The Oklahoman? How, where, when do you want it? #newsok
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 28 2014 01:18:31 PM CST RT @sarahkliff: Appears Pennsylvania will be the 27th state to expand Medicaid, could cover 281,000 people there. LINK