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.


  • Living successfully with schizophrenia: Oklahoma City woman finds recovery and shares hope

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City resident Augusta Cox, 39, is determined to reduce the stigma surrounding schizophrenia, a brain disorder she is successfully living with.

  • What's it Like: To have schizophrenia

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: About 1 percent of Americans have schizophrenia. In Oklahoma, an estimated 12,700 residents have untreated schizophrenia. Because of the cost of mental health treatment, the stigma around the diagnosis and the lack of mental health providers, it can sometimes be difficult for people to find help or receive treatment and prescription drugs.

  • After more than a year, Norman man works to recover from West Nile virus

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Doctors say Oklahoman Jason Wisdom shouldn’t have lived. And after he survived, they said he probably wouldn’t walk again. He has defied those claims, but he hasn’t done it alone, he said.

  • Smoke-free bars in Oklahoma? This group hopes to make it so

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that has no regulation on a state, county or city level, regarding smoking in bars. Public health officials say this is largely because of a state law that does not allow cities to pass stricter smoking laws than the state’s law. But a recent effort started in Oklahoma hopes […]

  • Expert visits Oklahoma to discuss future of health care reform

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely subside in the coming years, replaced by conversations at a state and federal level on how to improve the much-debated federal health care law, a policy expert told a crowd of policymakers and health leaders Monday.

  • High school students: Interested in journalism? Here's your chance

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    This photo is of a group of incredibly talented young people from across the Oklahoma City metro — last year’s Newsroom 101 class. Newsroom 101 is The Oklahoman’s high school journalism program. Each year, from January to May, our students work to produce stories, photos, videos and more. Their work is published in The Oklahoman and in Hot Ink, […]

  • Some Oklahoma communities stop fluoridating water because of cost

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Over the past five years, a decreasing number of Oklahoma communities have fluoridated their water, largely due to cost, public health officials say.

  • What's it like? Electroconvulsive therapy

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    What’s it like? Health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove takes a look at electroconvulsive therapy and its use as a treatment for certain mental health issues.

  • #TBT: 'Mental Hospital' shows life inside 1950s Oklahoma facility

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Meet Fred Clanton, an Oklahoman diagnosed with schizophrenia. Actually, Fred is a character in “Mental Hospital,” a film produced in 1953 that shows what life was like for patients in Oklahoma’s mental health institutions. From what I can gather, the film was produced by the University of Oklahoma for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and […]

  • Oklahoma man accused of damaging Ten Commandments monument struggles with mental illness, family says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Family and friends of Michael Tate Reed II remember him as a bright man with a strong faith. Since he was a teenager, he wanted to be a preacher, and maybe even a traveling televangelist. But over the past two years, his family has seen his mental health suffer, with a list of events leading up to the evening of Oct. 23 when he crashed his car into the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building.

  • Ebola travel protocol created for Oklahoma County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Oklahoma County public health officials have put a protocol into place regarding how Oklahomans who travel to any of the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak will be monitored upon their return.

  • After more than four months, Oklahoma City VA reopens heart program

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Federal authorities grew concerned about the number of heart patients who died shortly after surgery at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.

  • What's it like: To have a planned home birth

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: When discussing whether to have a planned home birth, it’s important for families to research midwives or physicians they would like to use, interviewing prospective midwives to ensure they are comfortable with their levels of experience and practices.

  • Q&A: Physician assistants play important role in prescription drug addiction debate in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Dan McNeill, clinical professor at Oklahoma City University, is the president of the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants. He answered a few questions about the organization’s efforts to curb prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma.

  • Heart disease isn't decreasing as quickly in Oklahoma, compared to rest of nation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    In the United States, heart disease mortality has decreased since the 1950s. However, these declines are not being seen in some Oklahoma counties.

  • First flu cases of the season confirmed in Oklahoma

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Health officials announced Thursday the first laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma. One case is in an Oklahoma County resident younger than 5, and the child was not hospitalized for influenza. The other case is a Tulsa County resident also younger than 5 who was hospitalized.

  • ‘Ebola’ a popular search term among Oklahomans

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Over the past three months, Oklahomans have searched Google for Ebola-related terms more frequently than residents in any other state.   The Oklahoma City metro region has had some of the highest amount of Ebola search activity in the state. Oddly enough, Goldsy, a town of about 2,000 people in McClain County, has a particularly […]

  • Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    A syphilis outbreak in Comanche County has been fueled by iPhone apps and online websites that help users plan out anonymous hook-ups, Oklahoma public health officials say. Since July 28, nine people have tested positive for syphilis in Comanche County, a 300 percent increase in the usual number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease. The cases have primarily been among men who have sex with men, some of whom are married to women, and also among IV drug users.

  • Amid fears of Ebola, Oklahoma residents stay home from work, school

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma passengers of a recent cruise are at “no risk” of contracting Ebola after sharing the ship with a Dallas healthcare worker who handled a laboratory specimen for an Ebola patient, health officials said Monday.

  • Ebola is not airborne; and other facts you should know

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Jaclyn Cosgrove and state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley chatted with readers Tuesday about the Ebola virus. Read an unedited transcript of the chat below. NewsOK 2:18 p.m. Hey everyone. We'll get started with our chat at 3 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. NewsOK 2:19 p.m. We'll be joined by state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley. Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:44 p.m. To access the state Health Department's Ebola page, visit this link: http://www.ok.gov/health/Or... Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:57 p.m. We will start the chat very soon.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Dec. 19 2014 03:59:41 PM CST @BrentThompson33 @ddiamond Thank you very much.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 06:15:24 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: New #MentalHealth hospital coming to #OKC. State really needs more psychiatric beds for low-income LINK @jac…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:26:52 PM CST @Rayke There has never been a better YOLO image.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:26:13 PM CST @OKBizzy That is the concern voiced by @MHAOKLA
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:25:35 PM CST @Rayke I can't decide which image is worse. These two tie. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 12:56:58 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: DOC attorney Mike Oakley: there was significant pressure from both Gov. Fallin & AG Pruitt's offices to get the execution…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 12:55:43 PM CST RT @jburns18: ICYMI: Check out the great work @jaclyncosgrove did documenting Oklahoma's mental health care crisis LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:26:26 PM CST RT @dezhill: RT@ezraklein Old posters warning about what will happen if we let women vote: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:25:59 PM CST RT @Okieprof: #clarkclass summary of comments by and on @MikeSherman, on LINK @dezhill @HeideWrite
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:23:19 PM CST RT @smoughts: You guys. Remember today? LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:21:42 PM CST @erindemoss I felt relieved of my guilt for pressing that button.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:21:22 PM CST Citing 'tremendous need,' Kentucky-based company plans to build 72-bed mental health hospital in Oklahoma City LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 05:29:38 PM CST @erindemoss @Radiolab I felt less like a jerk for hitting that button
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:42:55 PM CST After listening to @Radiolab's "Buttons," I asked the elevator repair men at work if the close-door button is hooked up. Nope. Not at all.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:34:02 PM CST RT @JennieMariel: @jaclyncosgrove I can neither confirm or deny if this was me.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 03:02:02 PM CST While scheduling a doctor's appointment -- Scheduler: Have you traveled outside the U.S. in the past... Me: I don't have Ebola.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 02:02:47 PM CST RT @Tiffanyg89: Company plans to build mental health hospital in Oklahoma City LINK #okhealth via @jaclyncosgrove
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 01:46:29 PM CST "I'm sorry. There's a gingerbread man at my door." -- Spokesperson, briefly distracted
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 01:06:21 PM CST @DrunkOKLegislat @stevelackmeyer Just trying to make you proud.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 12:56:18 PM CST @_nichole Personally, I love @picassocafe, but @goodeggdining has great options, too.