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.


  • Records reveal Oklahoma's deadliest month: March 2014

    By JACLYN COSGROVE and ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writers, and WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Oklahoma has had some bad months and years during the past decade, but March 2014 ranks as the deadliest month in terms of prescription drug overdose deaths.

  • Almost 100 years later, a funeral is held for mental health hospital fire victims in Norman, Oklahoma.

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A fire at Griffin Memorial Hospital took the lives of 40 patients almost 100 years ago. Thirty-nine of those were never given a ceremony or tomb marker — until Monday.

  • Oklahoma City woman offers variety of programming in Vietnamese

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Oklahoma’s Vietnamese Public Radio station broadcasts to three generations of listeners — older residents, their adult children and the U.S.-born children of refugees.

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

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    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 Oklahomans 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.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:59 AM @vonSchlageter Ha! No, I had to leave this one, but I don't anticipate it lasted a super long time. @jeaninedok is there :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:39 AM RT @kirbyLsmith: State of the Red River currently: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:38 AM .@ODMHSASINFO will go into second executive session. This one is about a pending claim regarding incident that happened at state hospital.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:05 AM Twice now, someone has suggested what they said was "off the record." This is a public meeting, folks.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:05 AM There's discussion about which medical providers can and can't order restraints. Psychologists cannot legally do that in Oklahoma.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:57 AM .@okcbuck says moms/dads in recovery pick up their children from school every day. No reason to have the antiquated 1,000-foot rule.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:56 AM .@okcbuck: HB1150 passed, no longer bans substance abuse facilities from being 1,000 ft from schools. Helps reduce stigma around centers.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:51 AM Crosby says 2015 marks the 100th year of Griffin Memorial Hospital being open (under various names). Used to have 3,000 patients, now 120.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:50 AM Durand Crosby, DMH's operations chief, is talking about early stages of plan to redevelop land in Norman around Griffin Memorial Hospital.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:38 AM .@TerriWhiteOK says many people with mental illness, addiction going to jail/prison would be better served in treatment or diversion program
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:35 AM Here's some context about what @TerriWhiteOK is talking about: Mental health commissioner to keep court informed LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:33 AM .@TerriWhiteOK says Tulsa County is arresting more people & requesting competency hearing. Tulsa has more lower level offenders waiting.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:32 AM .@TerriWhiteOK says forensic center only has 200 beds. Can't put 300 people in the facility. Would be potentially inhumane, dangerous.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:31 AM .@TerriWhiteOK says agency has been talking with Oklahoma and Tulsa County officials about offenders in jail waiting for competency hearings
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:24 AM RT @JRLROK: The Senate is set to hear the Gen. Approp Bill, HB2242, this morning. Stay tuned for lots of tweets.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:24 AM .@TerriWhiteOK says Oklahoma desperately needs primary care offices to do behavioral health screenings to catch people earlier.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:11 AM I'm at the @ODMHSASINFO board meeting. I will tweet things of interest.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 21 2015 11:37:51 PM CST @OKmattcarney I went through a lot of QT and cat photos to find that! #CarneyCreeper
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 21 2015 11:35:18 PM CST @profkrg @samanthavicent And that sometimes feels overwhelming. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I do think more engagement is 👍.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 21 2015 11:34:34 PM CST @profkrg @samanthavicent As a journo in 2015, I have literally endless ways to present stories and engage. That sometimes feels exciting...

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