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.


  • 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 […]

  • 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.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 04 2015 06:27:50 PM CST @dustin_hughes I already had someone say that the Chinese were behind West Nile.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 04 2015 03:55:26 PM CST That moment when a health reporter realizes West Nile season is near. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 04 2015 03:49:20 PM CST @OKPolicy Also, @oksoonercare does not generally cover inpatient residential treatment for adults older than 20.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 04 2015 03:47:40 PM CST @OKPolicy The last count I heard from @ODMHSASINFO was at least 600 people in the waiting line for some type of state-funded treatment.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 04 2015 02:53:31 PM CST When I was little, and we drove under a bridge, I would afterward proclaim "We're alive! We're alive!" - Here's this: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 04 2015 07:39:35 AM CST .@DonovanSlack Thanks for your help on this story. I really appreciate it!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, May. 04 2015 07:38:28 AM CST Oklahoma City VA surgeon questioned colleagues' skills years before heart program closure LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 03 2015 10:20:23 AM CST RT @readfrontier: Is REI coming to #Tulsa? All signs point to yes. https://t.co/5D8Wac3CqX LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, May. 03 2015 10:20:14 AM CST @OCPDB5 Congrats!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, May. 01 2015 07:04:02 PM CST RT @jpalmerOKC: think only major drug kingpins get life without parole in Oklahoma? Not so. Check out my Sunday story in @theoklahoman #pri…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, May. 01 2015 12:51:07 PM CST Meanwhile, I'm writing a story about Michael, 14, allergic to nuts and shellfish. In middle school, someone put nutshells in his locker.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, May. 01 2015 12:47:57 PM CST Grant, 14, isn't sure why he has never been bullied because of his tics from Tourette's, but his family is thankful LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, May. 01 2015 11:21:01 AM CST @mkimball011 @Tiffanyg89 Let us know. Sounds great!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, May. 01 2015 11:20:27 AM CST @Tiffanyg89 @mkimball011 Let's go! I'm starting my morning tomorrow with Lady Kimball's bootcamp. :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 30 2015 11:14:32 PM CST RT @stevenldunn: Watching #RESILIENCE on @OETAOK. If you don't live in Oklahoma you can watch it live online at LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 30 2015 03:23:56 PM CST I'm sure it just wanted to take a stroll on this incredibly nice day -- Tiger escapes from enclosure at OKC Zoo LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 30 2015 03:17:37 PM CST RT @DonovanSlack: Newly released VA reports include cases of veteran harm, death LINK via @usatoday
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 30 2015 08:16:52 AM CST RT @PodcastWisdom: "White people are very good at not being racist in a very abstract way." - @tannercolby on @showaboutrace with @RaquelCe…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 30 2015 08:16:30 AM CST RT @showaboutrace: Our new #003: The "Recorded Before Certain Events in Baltimore" Episode is out now on Soundcloud -> https://t.co/LbkTvsV…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Apr. 29 2015 10:03:33 PM CST RT @Tiffanyg89: WATCH: @TheOklahoman's @kelfry took the Shatterproof challenge today & rappelled down 30 floors of Sandridge Building http:…

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