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.


  • 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.

  • Oklahoma board hears plan to expand health care coverage

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    A state Board of Health member asked his fellow board members Tuesday to endorse a plan that would use federal Medicaid expansion dollars for an alternative plan to increase health insurance coverage options for low-income Oklahomans.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma cannot continue to be worst in the nation in health

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

      In her inauguration address, Gov. Mary Fallin said there are three areas that Oklahoma must resolve to make a priority: educational attainment, over-incarceration and health. Oklahoma’s health has long been failing. For the past several years, Oklahoma has ranked among the worst in the nation for high rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a long list […]

  • Oklahoma City doctors begin to offer house calls — again

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Although home health nurses and some nurse practitioners regularly provide health care in patients’ homes, most physicians don’t offer that service to patients. However, that seems to be changing, at least for patients in the most need of the service.

  • Oklahoma man who struck down Ten Commandments monument heads home from hospital, the same day the monument is replaced at Capitol

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove and Rick M. Green, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Michael Tate Reed II, the man who mowed down with his car the controversial Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma’s Capitol, headed home Thursday and has been told to seek outpatient mental health treatment. A new Ten Commandments monument was erected Thursday, reigniting debate over whether the monument should be placed at the Capitol.

  • At least 22 Oklahomans have died from the flu, up from nine deaths last week

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    The number of Oklahomans confirmed dead because of the flu has climbed to 22 residents, up from nine deaths last week, the state Health Department reported Thursday.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 11 in alcohol poisoning deaths

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Oklahoma saw an average of 37 residents die from alcohol poisoning per year from 2010-12, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows.

  • Families remember the lives of loved ones who struggled with mental illness

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the U.S., and with that comes many residents who struggle to find relief from their symptoms.

  • Three more Oklahomans die from the flu

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Hospitalizations reach 517 — double the number reported previous week

  • Oklahoma City woman grateful for winter heating bill payment program

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    This year, Oklahoma received about $8 million for the low-income winter heating bill program. The state Department of Human Services, which administers the program, started accepting applications Dec. 9.

  • Ebola, Obamacare and prescription drug abuse: Top health headlines of 2014

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    This year was one of the busiest 12 months of contagions in at least a decade. In the United States, infectious disease menaces seemingly whizzed at Oklahomans from every direction, from Ebola and enterovirus to measles and MERS. From Oct. 1 to late November, the state Health Department fielded about 450 general public calls related to Ebola.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 03:57:09 PM CST @AVABoard Thanks! Planning to write about it, just not today.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 02:55:11 PM CST @DowntownOKCInc @Bricktown411 Let me know if you'd ever like to do a health-related topic. I would be happy to help! :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 02:54:26 PM CST @stevelackmeyer @TheOklahoman Totally agree! If you walk around the newsroom 10 times, that's a mile :) I calculated it on my FitBit.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:39:46 PM CST In Oklahoma County, preterm babies have an infant mortality rate 27 times higher than full-term babies #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:38:28 PM CST @AMRice44 @stephaniebice And female fetus health could play a role 20 yrs later when that woman has a baby (via Dr. Collins research)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:37:05 PM CST One out of every 10 babies born to Oklahoma County mothers from 2010 to 2013 were premature #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:33:00 PM CST In Oklahoma County, among black babies, very low birthweight infants account for 3% births, 72% of deaths. Nearly 100% preterm #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:31:42 PM CST In Oklahoma County, among black babies, low birthweight infants account for 14% of births, 72% of deaths. Almost 70% are preterm #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:30:29 PM CST In Oklahoma County, among white babies, very low birthweight infants account for 1.4% of births, 40% of deaths. 91% are preterm #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:29:37 PM CST In Oklahoma County, among white babies, low birthweight infants account for about 8 percent of births and 57 percent of deaths #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:28:25 PM CST On average, black women are about 60 percent more likely to have a premature baby compared to white women (via @CDCgov) #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:25:58 PM CST @AMRice44 @stephaniebice He wasn't saying it was bad. Just thought it played a much larger role. He talked about poverty being big factor.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:25:30 PM CST @AMRice44 @stephaniebice Dr. Collins who spoke talked about prenatal care not having the impact they thought it would. It was interesting.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:24:50 PM CST @stephaniebice They're starting a task force to look at it over the next year. Kelli McNeal with @okchealth is the contact.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:23:43 PM CST Oklahoma County has the highest infant mortality rate in the state, with 7.6 infant deaths per 1,000 births. #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:21:16 PM CST Kunle Adesigbin with @okchealth is giving a presentation about racial disparity in birth outcomes in Oklahoma. #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:12:03 PM CST Each week, at least two families in central Oklahoma experience death of their infant. 25% of infant deaths occur in central OK #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 01:07:16 PM CST Oklahoma has 400 infant deaths/year. The state's infant mortality rate has been higher than national average for over 20 years #oklainfant
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 12:00:18 PM CST RT @HealthyAmerica1: ICYMI Prescription Opioid Analgesic Use Among Adults: United States, 1999–2012 via CDC LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 05 2015 12:00:05 PM CST Collins: Independent of marital status, dad's presence is important. Social support = decreased stress. #oklainfant

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