Jaclyn Cosgrove
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.

Top Stories


  • Large need seen for American Indians, other minorities as organ donors in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    For two years, Tim Bishop, a 41-year-old Oklahoman from Stilwell, waited for a kidney transplant. He wants to raise awareness about American Indians signing up to be organ donors.

  • Oklahoma's rural hospitals work to stay open, viable

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, rural hospitals often are small, with a low volume of services, and have difficulty remaining financially viable under the regular hospital prospective payment system. But officials of Oklahoma’s rural hospitals are trying to change that.

  • West Nile virus activity remains low in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma’s first case of West Nile was confirmed in early July in a Major County resident older than 50 who was hospitalized because of symptoms of the virus. Since then, the state Health Department has not confirmed any other West Nile virus activity in humans.

  • CDC awards more than $1 million to Oklahoma to advance prescription drug overdose prevention

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that Oklahoma will receive more than $1 million over the next three years to help prevent prescription drug overdoses and address the patient and prescribing behaviors that drive it.

  • Oklahomans with serious mental illness who qualify for Medicaid to benefit from 'health home' model

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma adults with serious mental illness are dying 25 years younger than the general population. The state’s mental health agency hopes to help change that through better health care integration.

  • Oklahoma babies are breast-fed at lower rates than most of the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Oklahoma babies are breast-fed at some of the lowest rates in the nation, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

  • Should Oklahomans be worried about Ebola?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Cynthia Harry, an epidemiologist with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, said Oklahomans have little to no risk of contracting Ebola, especially if they have no plans to travel to West Africa.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn begins final series of town hall meetings

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    A crowd of about 170 people at Oklahoma City Community College on Monday night asked a range of questions and were responsive to Sen. Tom Coburn’s answers. Many applauded. A handful yelled at him, and a few attempted debate.

  • COPD can make extreme temperatures in Oklahoma and elsewhere difficult

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Many people with COPD notice that their symptoms worsen with weather changes, such as fronts coming through, more humidity or impending rain or snow, according to the COPD Foundation. People with COPD sometimes have trouble breathing in cold weather, which can cause shortness of breath. And the heat might also be troublesome.

  • What's it like: To have blood clots

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Blood clotting is a normal process that the body uses to seal small cuts on blood vessel walls to stop bleeding. But sometimes a blood clot can build up in an artery or vein and result in a life-threatening situation.

  • Increased Medicaid copayments prove difficult for Oklahoma man

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    John Thorson, 60, is one of thousands of Oklahomans on the state’s Medicaid program who saw the amount of money they pay for prescriptions increase over the past month.

  • Rural Oklahoma medical clinic struggles to find doctors

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Because of federal sequestration, funding of the National Health Service Corps program was cut by $15 million, or 5.1 percent, in 2014, according to the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

  • Special Care in Oklahoma City helps those with needs learn valuable life lessons

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Bri Johnson, 8, has learned many lessons about self-esteem, thanks in part to almost seven years that she has spent in programs at Special Care, an early childhood education center in Oklahoma City with specialized care and therapeutic services for children with and without special needs.

  • What's it like: To suffer sleep deprivation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: A variety of life circumstances can cause a person to not sleep well. Sleep problems are one of the most common reasons someone might see a primary care doctor.

  • After more than a month, Oklahoma City VA hospital heart program still closed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Since October, five heart patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center died within 30 days of their surgeries.

  • Oklahoma child protection team will disband due to lack of funding

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    After December, the services child abuse medical experts have provided in countless Oklahoma court cases will be limited because of a funding dilemma the OU College of Medicine’s pediatrics department is facing.

  • Hundreds of Oklahomans to receive care at free medical event

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Remote Area Medical Oklahoma will host its annual free medical care event August 16 and 17 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of Oklahomans will wait hours in line for free dental, vision and limited medical care.

  • Without Medicaid expansion, many Oklahomans with mental health issues will go untreated, experts say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    An estimated 122,000 Oklahomans with mental health issues who would have qualified for Medicaid in Oklahoma if the program were expanded to include more low-income adults, according to a report from the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

  • What's it like: To suffer serious burns

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    If the burn is bigger than your palm, it’s generally recommended you see someone that day. And if the burn is life threatening, you should seek emergency medical attention.

  • Oklahoma researcher explains recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Joshua Ward, the director of scholar development and undergraduate research at Oklahoma State University, answered a few questions about the evolving Ebola outbreak in West Africa.




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 15 2014 03:41:14 PM CST What's it like: To develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis LINK #ALS #IceBucketChallenge
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 15 2014 03:37:20 PM CST RT @sarahkliff: Exactly 0.2 percent of America doctors provide abortions. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 15 2014 12:52:17 PM CST I'm looking to interview former patients of William Valuck LINK Let me know if you know of someone. Thanks!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 15 2014 08:33:15 AM CST Good job, guys: "Oklahoma is ranked 32nd in the country for the most deer collisions" via @StateFarm #BambiRejoices
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 13 2014 09:01:50 AM CST RT @SilasAllen1: Lots of Oklahomans are pretty upset with the North Texas Tollway Authority. Here's why: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 09:02:28 PM CST @DrEmilyTaylor I am jealous it's by your house! You should totally go.
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 05:29:22 PM CST RT @_FFBC: @AARPOklahoma Oklahoma Drops to 49th in Nursing Home Care - Nursing Home Report Cards LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 02:40:57 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: #MentalIllness: Mother hopes, prays for her daughter's future. This is a must-read! LINK @NewsOK @jaclyncosg…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 10:49:32 AM CST RT @aidybryant: you know how dogs brush their teeth by eating a cookie? can I do that?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 10:47:22 AM CST RT @nationaljournal: How does your state's imprisonment rate stack up against the rest of the country? LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 10:43:11 AM CST RT @SilasAllen1: Have you gotten a bill lately from the North Texas Tollway Authority? Drop me a line: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 09:29:15 AM CST More Oklahoma babies living to their first birthday, although infant mortality still high among minorities LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 12 2014 09:06:02 AM CST RT @chrismlusk: Pilot just said our flight's delayed bc of an issue w/ the door, but said "maintenance is coming to fix it w/ a can of WD-4…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 11 2014 10:39:14 PM CST .@SisuYouth opens day center for homeless teens and young adults in OKC metro LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 11 2014 08:30:15 PM CST @law_ware Any theories?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 11 2014 05:39:13 PM CST I keep accidentally typing "early electric deliveries," instead of "early elective deliveries." #HealthReporterProblems