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 women who've had C-sections have options with second birth

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    For many Oklahoma women, it has been difficult to find a physician who will perform a vaginal birth after women have had babies through cesarean section, birthing advocates say. Commonly referred to as VBACs, a vaginal birth after cesarean has long been thought as only an option at a handful of hospitals in Oklahoma. However, that trend is changing, and birthing advocates argue it’s thanks to a recent insurance change.

  • For Oklahoman with weather-related anxiety, preparedness is key

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    After severe weather, some Oklahomans might feel anxious and unsure of how to move forward. Julie Summers, director of outreach and prevention at Mental Health Association Oklahoma, said getting back to a normal routine can be helpful to relieving post-storm anxiety.

  • After severe weather, it's important for Oklahomans to seek help for trauma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Severe weather can cause more than physical damage. The emotional toll on storm-weary Oklahomans can be just as devastating, according to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. People who were directly impacted by recent storms will experience a range of emotions and stressors that might create a need for mental health services, the […]

  • Rate of HIV, AIDS among American Indians is on the rise

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The rate of American Indians diagnosed with HIV or AIDS nearly doubled in one year, Oklahoma State Health Department data shows.

  • American Indians with mental illness, substance abuse disorders should consider Obamacare plans, leaders say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Many American Indians don’t realize that if they’re members of federally recognized tribes, they aren’t restricted by an enrollment period to buy private health insurance through the federally run health insurance marketplace. Also, they can change insurance coverage plans up to once a month. These plans are mandated to include mental health and substance use disorder coverage, among other things.

  • Many Americans don't know their painkillers contain opioids — or that it's a felony to share them

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    In a national survey, nine out of 10 opioid painkiller users were not concerned with addiction even though many of them had risk factors that increased their likelihood of developing substance abuse issues.

  • What does the future hold for Oklahoma's health?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    For years, Oklahoma has ranked among the worst states in the U.S. for its poor health outcomes. The state’s top health official says that doesn’t have to be our future.

  • State leaders announce Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    The latest version of the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan was announced Tuesday afternoon in Noble. Read updates below from health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove.

  • Buckling down: Oklahoma seat-belt law change saves truckers' lives, trooper says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    After dropping to 35-year lows in 2009, the number of crash fatalities of truck drivers or their passengers increased between 2009 and 2012, according to recently released research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Why does Oklahoma have such a low rate of residents screened for colon cancer?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Oklahoma has one of the poorest rates in the U.S. of adults who get screened for colon cancer, a problem that leads to thousands dying from a preventable disease.

  • In Oklahoma, black babies are more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Oklahoma City health leaders want to better understand why a disproportionate number of black babies die before their first birthday.

  • Obese Oklahoma: Without action, more Oklahomans will die from preventable diseases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Obese Oklahoma: An increasing number of Oklahoma children’s diets are so poor and they exercise so little that they’re developing diseases that were thought to be illnesses only found among adults. What does this say about the future of Oklahoma?

  • Breaking the silence: Faith leaders address stigma encountered with mental illness, addiction

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Panelists answered a range of questions during “Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue” presented Tuesday night at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Hydrocodone no longer No. 1 drug prescribed to Oklahoma's Medicaid patients

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    For more than five years, hydrocodone acetaminophen — better known as Lortab, Vicodin or NorCo — has largely been the drug that physicians prescribe most to Oklahoma Medicaid patients, with more prescriptions written each month for that drug than antibiotics and allergy medications.

  • Obese Oklahoma: Oklahoma City man, once 425 pounds, helps himself and others in health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Rick Wyckoff weighed about 430 pounds. He had persistent anxiety, thinking that he could have a heart attack at any moment. He had broken several restaurant chairs and couldn’t fit into restaurant booths. It was getting to the point where the “Big and Tall” stores clothing wasn’t fitting. And in his parents’ car, he had to sit in the back seat because the front seat belt wouldn’t fit around him.

  • Oklahoma Muslim leader talks about mental illness and stigma in community

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    To promote a better understanding of how mental health and faith communities interact, The Oklahoman will host a panel discussion titled Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Crossings Community Church at 14600 N Portland Ave. Imad Enchassi, imam and founder of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, answered a few questions about mental health and the Muslim community.

  • Oklahoma City woman gives hope when it feels like there's none

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Gaila Smalley has dedicated 20 years of her life to helping people with HIV and AIDS. Smalley is the recipient of the Richard May Award, given each year at Red Tie Night.

  • Heroin deaths increased tenfold in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The number of heroin deaths increased tenfold during a recent five-year period, according to a recently updated state Health Department report. Oklahoma’s heroin deaths increased from three deaths in 2007 to 29 in 2012. The report notes, in previous years, heroin deaths might have been underestimated and misclassified as morphine. “Heroin metabolizes completely into morphine, so […]

  • 'Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue' scheduled in Oklahoma City

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Each year, thousands of Oklahomans suffer in silence, battling untreated mental illnesses and addictions. Some Oklahomans might seek refuge in churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith-based institutions. To better understand how mental health and faith communities interact, The Oklahoman will host a panel discussion titled “Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue” at Crossings Community Church on […]

  • Thousands of Oklahomans struggle to pay heat bills each year

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Cari Crittenden has been at her job for seven years, and still, one story sticks with her. When Crittenden started working at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, a coworker training her told her about a man in southeast Oklahoma who was using a space heater in his bathroom. The man slept in his bathroom because […]




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 3:53 PM I'm hoping that journalists working on stories about the Germanwings co-pilot are mindful of how they do and don't report on mental illness.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 2:55 PM Just realized I was "yes and'ing" my editor. Still on a high from @DallasComFest and a great workshop from @Tonicharline. Great weekend!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 2:52 PM RT @DaveLeeBBC: New BBC social media guidelines encourage non-work chat as well. To celebrate, here's a manatee LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:36 PM .@oksoonercare board approves issuing RFP for $450K for vendor to develop multimedia marketing campaign for @insureoklahoma
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:34 PM .@oksoonercare board approves RFP for $650K for a vendor to administer a behavioral health home management software system for @ODMHSASINFO
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:26 PM RT @meg_e_martin: “Copy editors aren’t just the guardians of punctuation and grammar. ...[W]e are becoming an ethical filter as well." htt…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:24 PM RT @OklahomaWatch: Ballard: state is short 1,500 teachers. We are in a crisis. #OKEDRALLY
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:24 PM RT @OklahomaWatch: Ballard: We can't test everything. Students are overburdened. To much emphasis on testing. #OKEDRALLY
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:24 PM RT @OklahomaWatch: Tulsa Superintendent Keith Ballard starts out: I said we would be back. Not all legislators truly get it yet. #OKEDRALLY
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:12 PM RT @OklahomaWatch: Rep. Lee Denney: Being shouted at by crowd when suggesting cuts may be necessary.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:03 PM I'm at the @oksoonercare board meeting. Will tweet things of interest. They're talking rule changes today. Probably going to be a long one.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:21 AM @drjohnthompson Thanks for sharing! Feel free to email me to chat more about it, jcosgrove(at)oklahoman(dot)com.
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 02:13:41 PM CST RT @NewsOK: #AddictedOklahoma: Oklahoma City mother mourns daughter lost to overdose LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:16:32 PM CST RT @okcbuck: Don't ignore the issue: Let’s find a solution for our state's prescription drug abuse problem #AddictedOklahoma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:16:28 PM CST RT @AdvanceRecovery: Let’s find solutions for #Oklahoma's #prescription #DrugAbuse problem #AddictedOklahoma LINK #painki…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:15:16 PM CST RT @NewsOK: #AddictedOklahoma: A look at our state's prescription drug abuse problem: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:15:13 PM CST RT @NewsOK: #AddictedOklahoma: Problem prescribers help fuel deadly epidemic LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 12:00:22 PM CST Let’s find a solution for our state's prescription drug abuse problem #AddictedOklahoma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Mar. 27 2015 11:53:37 AM CST RT @NewsOK: WATCH LIVE: #OU president Boren announces results of SAE fraternity investigation LINK #Sooners LINK

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