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.


  • Obese Oklahoma: State's obesity rate costs thousands of lives in preventable diseases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Oklahoma is ranked as one of the most obese states in the country. But what difference does it make if everyone is obese? Health leaders say it costs not only lives but also billions in health care dollars.

  • Oklahoma pharmacy lock-in rules are given clarification

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    In an attempt to combat prescription drug abuse, some Medicaid recipients are limited on prescriber and pharmacy choices.

  • Most Oklahoma teens are not vaccinated for HPV

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Less than half of teenagers in Oklahoma counties have received a complete series of the HPV vaccine, state Health Department data shows. HPV is short for human papillomavirus and is a group of more than 150 related viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV is “the most common sexually transmitted infection […]

  • Federal official urges rural Oklahomans to consider Obamacare coverage

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Amidst the looming coverage deadline, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urged rural Oklahomans, including farmers and ranchers, to consider buying insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov.

  • 82 Oklahomans have died from flu this season

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    This is the highest number of flu deaths that Oklahoma has seen since the state Health Department started tracking flu deaths in 2009.

  • Whooping cough cases rising in Oklahoma, especially Tulsa County

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of residents sickened by vaccine-preventable diseases, state health officials said at this months’s state Board of Health meeting. For example, since 2004, Oklahoma has seen an increasing number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. Tulsa County saw a high rate of pertussis in 2010 — almost […]

  • More Oklahoma parents opt out of vaccinating their children

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Over the past 10 years, Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of parents choosing to not vaccinate their children for philosophical or personal reasons. In 2004, .35 percent of children were exempted from vaccinations because of philosophical reasons. In 2013, that number had risen to about .95 percent, according to health department data.

  • Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive recommended childhood vaccines

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive the full dosages of recommended childhood vaccines, according to officials at the state Health Department. This is not enough coverage to attain community immunity, or “herd immunity,” for contagious diseases, a concern that Toni Frioux, deputy commissioner for prevention and preparedness at the state Health Department, voiced at this […]

  • 68 Oklahomans confirmed dead from flu

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Since late September, 68 Oklahoma residents have been confirmed to have died from flu-related complications, the state Health Department reported Thursday morning.

  • Advocate touts plan to house Oklahoma City's homeless

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Sam Tsemberis, a New York-based homeless advocate, recently came to Oklahoma to explain how leaders could implement strategies to help the chronically homeless.

  • Fallin: 'Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money'

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Thousands of Oklahomans die each year from preventable causes — and it’s time to change that. That was one of the messages conveyed in Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State address Monday at the Capitol. “Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money,” Fallin said during her speech. Oklahoma ranks among […]

  • Residents with mental illness get second chances when arrested — in some Oklahoma counties

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    If you have a serious mental illness and get arrested for a nonviolent crime in Oklahoma, whether you go to prison or are enrolled in a diversion program largely depends on where you reside.

  • Oklahoma lawmaker proposes legislation to make public places smoke-free

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Oklahoma Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, filed Senate Joint Resolution 24 last week, a measure that would put on the Oklahoma ballot a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants, bars and bingo halls, among other places. The proposed legislation doesn’t apply to electronic cigarettes.

  • Oklahoma's flu toll rises

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Sixteen more Oklahomans were confirmed Thursday to have died from the flu, with 100 more hospitalized because of the illness. This season’s numbers are more than double what was seen at the same time last season.

  • Oklahoma City-based scientist fired after investigation shows he made up research, report finds

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    This past week, Bin Kang was formally sanctioned through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity for knowingly falsifying and fabricating research. He was fired from OMRF in December after the organization’s investigation, in coordination with the Office of Research Integrity, revealed the altered images.

  • Oklahoma Academy addresses poor overall health of state

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Leaders of the Oklahoma Academy gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City to present town hall recommendations to address Oklahoma’s poor overall health.

  • The watery eyes of Texas are upon us in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Recent weather has pushed cedar pollen from Texas up into Oklahoma, causing some residents to suffer from “cedar fever,” which includes sneezing, runny nose, difficulty breathing and itchy, red eyes.

  • Flu Q&A: Why does the vaccine change each year?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    A look at how the flu shot is created every year and why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year’s vaccine hasn’t been very effective.

  • Oklahoma Medical Board refuses to reinstate a physician assistant's license in prescription drug deaths case

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma Medical Board voted unanimously not to reinstate the medical license of Michael E. Hume, a physician assistant who practiced under Dr. William Valuck, a doctor in prison for eight counts of murder, in deaths of patients to whom prosecutors said he over-prescribed potent painkillers and other drugs.

  • Nine new flu deaths reported in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Since late September, 31 Oklahomans have died because of the flu, 23 of whom were 65 or older.




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:53 PM @PJR23 @briOKC @OKmattcarney @pmonies Circle back and ping me later. I'd like to talk about deliverables.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:51 PM RT @grahambrewer: Int'l Academy of Compounding Pharmacists is now discouraging its members from preparing or dispensing execution drugs htt…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:29 PM RT @fordm: American Pharmacists Association adopts policy discouraging members from providing death penalty drugs, per @AP.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:28 PM This photo of me and Ben performing improv at @DallasComFest could definitely be a @Keds commercial. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:57 PM If you have weather-related anxiety, being prepared with an emergency plan and supplies can help ease some of that LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:50 PM @smuchmore You described exactly how I feel.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:49 PM A child just called my cell and said "This is a health care clinic. I'd like to set your next eye appointment." I think I got pranked, guys.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:36 PM Oklahoma women who've had C-sections have options with second birth LINK
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.

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