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 ranks No. 2 in U.S. for heart disease deaths

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Oklahoma has the second highest rate in the nation of residents dying from heart disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.  The state saw 228 deaths per 100,000 people. Only Mississippi had a higher rate, with 240 heart disease deaths per 100,000 people.  In 2013, a total of 9,721 Oklahoma residents died because of heart disease.  In January, Gov. Mary Fallin highlighted in her inaugural address how serious this issue is in Oklahoma: One of the big indicators of overall health - because it is so closely linked to smoking, obesity, and nutrition - is prevalence of heart disease. Let's set an aggressive goal: to reduce heart disease deaths in Oklahoma by 25

  • Access to summer nutrition programs can affect children

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Oklahoma's summer nutrition program for children who get free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year has grown, but doesn't match the need, said Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Oklahoma City police officers may start carrying naloxone

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Naloxone is a medication called an "opioid antagonist" used to counter the effects of overdose from opioids, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and heroin.

  • Use of overdose medication cited in life-saving efforts for 19 Oklahomans

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Oklahoma health officials said Tuesday that the lives of 19 people have been saved since the agency began equipping the Tulsa Police Department and other first responders with naloxone kits.

  • Driving to deliver: Hospitals are quite a distance for some Oklahoma women seeking maternity care

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Across Oklahoma, thousands of women must drive more than an hour for access to a hospital with a maternity center, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

  • Oklahoman reporter wins mental health fellowship

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    The Carter Center announced Friday that Oklahoman health writer Jaclyn Cosgrove is one of the recipients of the 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. The 19th annual class of fellows includes six from the United States.

  • Opioid addicts more likely to abuse heroin

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    People who abuse or are dependent on prescription opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are 40 times more likely to abuse heroin, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday. It's a concerning statistic to state leaders, given that Oklahoma has seen an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and policymakers are concerned about whether the state could see an increase in heroin usage and overdoses as a result To help prevent an increase in heroin usage and overdoses in Oklahoma, policymakers and state leaders must focus their attention on preventing prescription drug abuse in the first place, state Health Commissioner Terry Cline said.  "Have we dodged a bullet so far

  • Oklahoma man remembers wife’s life by maintaining sobriety

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    In August, Bruce Carlton, 56, a physician assistant working in Boise City, will have a chance to end his probation with the state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

  • At farmers markets, choice to accept funds was a SNAP

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Toscamala Ferris stood near a table covered in plump, fresh blackberries. She paid the seller with a handful of wooden tokens and carried the container of berries as she continued to shop at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market.  The wooden tokens in Ferris' hand each represent $1 of money from her Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program account, sometimes referred to as "food stamps."  Although many residents use the program to buy food at grocery stores and supermarkets, a growing number have started using SNAP to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

  • Oklahoma ranks low in status of women

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma was given a D+ by the Institute for Women's Policy Research in its "Status of Women in the States" report on health issues, including mental health

  • For Oklahomans with asthma, ozone days can make it hard to breathe

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma City metro-area ranks No. 15 for the highest number of high ozone days reported out of 220 metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a recent report from the American Lung Association.

  • Oklahoma mental health agency places moratorium on Medicaid contracts for some therapists

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services board voted at its meeting Friday to approve a moratorium on any new contracts to licensed professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists or any other master's-level clinicians who work in private practice and want to provide services to SoonerCare patients.

  • Oklahomans with subsidies rejoice in keeping coverage

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Jessica Rollins is one of thousands of Oklahomans who have received subsidies to pay for health insurance they buy through the federally run marketplace. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, ruling that Americans who buy health insurance through the marketplace are entitled to receive taxpayer subsidies.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 17 in births to unmarried mothers

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Oklahoma saw the 17th highest percentage in the U.S. in 2014 of births to unmarried mothers, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  About 42 percent of births in Oklahoma in 2014 — 22,511 births — were to unmarried mothers.  Meanwhile, the nationwide share of births to unmarried mothers decreased in 2014, marking the first decrease in almost 20 years, the Pew Research Center reports. Oklahoma also has one of the lowest rates of children who live with both of their married, biological parents. You can read the full report on births to unmarried mothers here.

  • VA heart program to close — again

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Oklahoma City VA hospital to temporarily close heart surgery program summary: The VA hospital in Oklahoma City will stop heart procedures and surgeries starting July 1.

  • Oklahoma Medicaid providers will not see rate cuts this year

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    After fervent feedback from the medical community, state Medicaid leaders decided they will not reduce provider rates as part of the cuts they will make to balance the agency's budget.  Previously, Oklahoma Health Care Authority leaders proposed cutting the amount it pays nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Under the agency's first proposal, these midlevel providers would be paid 85 percent of what the agency pays physicians — medical doctors and osteopathic physicians. However, a few weeks after a heated meeting about the proposed provider rate cuts, the agency announced it would instead recommend cutting the fee-for-service rates for physician assistants and nurse

  • Urine trouble: Oklahoma Medicaid agency sees soaring costs with drug testing

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Nico Gomez, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO, said the agency has seen more than a 700 percent increase since 2011 in costs associated with urine drug testing.

  • Oklahoma City teacher helps students with mental illness see hope in their futures

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Jason Erickson teaches middle and high school students who are patients at Integris Mental Health Spencer. He’s one of 45 Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers who work in mental health institutions, county jails and juvenile detention centers across the metro.

  • Overdose drug enters stores

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Naloxone is available at 34 pharmacies in Oklahoma and doesn't require a prescription from a physician. The drug can help counteract an overdose in opiate users.

  • Naloxone available in Oklahoma without a prescription

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Over the past 12 years, Oklahoma has seen the overall number of overdose deaths from prescription drugs more than double, and the number of deaths due to hydrocodone and oxycodone more than quadruple. Oklahomans across the state have lost their lives to prescription drug overdose —  moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents and a […]




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Sep. 01 2015 08:49:51 AM CST RT @NewsOK: “When they built it, they didn't think inmates ever got sick.” http://t.co/bvnvGuh47s
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 28 2015 04:12:45 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Oklahoma City police searching for missing 2-year-old http://t.co/kEKcmRI8SB
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 28 2015 04:12:09 PM CST @kristenvails I really loved these when I was that age: http://t.co/boBzyIzABv
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 28 2015 02:12:36 PM CST I asked a candle maker, "What's the difference between paraffin wax candles and soy candles?" "It's like a civil war," she said. I LOLed.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:54:24 AM CST @meganmcmac It's one of my favorites. I think she would give that face to politicians while interviewing them.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:53:06 AM CST Happy #NationalDogDay, Maggie May. Thank you for continually reminding me to laugh often. http://t.co/1EiOXQRQQr
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:46:45 AM CST I had a blast at @OKCBHD writing this story for @OklahomaToday: http://t.co/ek56a7W5mA Don't forget to pick up the latest issue!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:45:03 AM CST RT @OklahomaToday: We love the Milky Way since it, like Oklahoma, is home. Thanks to Teri James of Morrison for this awesome photo! http://
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