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.


  • Oklahomans wait an average of 24 minutes in ER before seeing a doctor

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Oklahomans wait less time on average in emergency rooms than residents in most other states, according to ProPublica’s ER Wait Watcher. Overall, residents wait an average of 24 minutes in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor. However, Oklahomans wait an average of 109 minutes in the ER being they are sent home, an […]

  • Locking up parents may be worse than previously thought for children's health, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The ripple effects of locking up parents might be even worse than previously thought, at least in regards to children’s health, freelance journalist Ryan White reports on his “Children’s Health Matters” blog. White writes about a study that shows that “parental incarceration is independently associated with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral or […]

  • Oklahoma health officials worry e-cigarettes may lead youth to cigarette smoking

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found youths who have used e-cigarettes are almost twice as likely to intend to smoke conventional cigarettes.

  • How other states are implementing Medicaid changes for former foster youth

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    In the midst of writing a story about former foster youth eligible for Medicaid, I called around to find out what other states were doing. In Oklahoma, an estimated 2,300 former foster youth are now eligible to remain on the state’s Medicaid program until age 26. However, only a fraction has signed up since Jan. 1, in part, […]

  • Glitches delay Medicaid enrollment for former foster kids in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    An estimated 2,300 former foster youth are eligible to remain on the state’s Medicaid program until age 26, although some will have coverage through other means and not need the state plan. That change in eligibility is thanks to a provision of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that expanded the Medicaid program to allow young people who were in foster care when they turned 18 to remain on the state health insurance coverage plan until age 26.

  • American Cancer Society report says Oklahoma lags behind in combating cancer, providing care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Despite Oklahoma’s measures to fight cancer, the state got poor marks in a national report released Thursday from American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.

  • Oklahoma's teen birth rate remains high, decreasing at a lower rate than most states

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Teen childbearing in the United States has been declining for years. However, over the past 20 years, Oklahoma has seen its teen birth rate decrease more slowly than most other states.

  • OKC Public Schools swears in first Hispanic woman to serve school board

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    At Monday night’s Oklahoma City Public Schools board meeting, Gloria Torres became the first Hispanic woman to serve on the board.

  • What's it like: To suffer a mental health crisis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Symptoms of a mental health crisis can include neglect of personal hygiene; dramatic change in sleep habits; weight gain or loss; decline in performance at work or school; noticeable mood changes, such as irritability, anger, anxiety or sadness; and withdrawal from routine activities and relationships.

  • 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.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:30 PM I don't understand why my gym is partnering with a tanning salon. Gym = getting healthier. Tanning = increased risk of skin cancer. Um....
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:29 PM @johnjac That was one of the stranger marketing moves I've seen.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:28 PM @josephreuben815 Legislature won't fund mental health ... so bake sales. We have the 2nd highest rate of adults with serious mental illness.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:37 PM So S&B Burger Joint is having a fundraiser Oct. 28 ... for the state mental health department. Wrapping my mind around that.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:35 PM Someone pointed out to me today that Ebola kind of steamrolled anything that would be written about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:59 PM Great discussion in Oklahoma's Addiction and Mental Health Community on helping a loved one with bipolar disorder: https://t.co/wmyc1XqpWL
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:33 PM ‘Ebola’ a popular search term among Oklahomans LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:04 PM @TheProjectHEAL Great! I will pass your info along to Julie.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:04 AM Thousands die because of diseases caused by poor diet. "That is a scary health problem — much more scary than Ebola." LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:54 AM RT @GinnieGraham: Tulsa County was the largest contributor last year to OK No. 1 incarceration rate, at 18.4% of the total. #OKfemaleincarc…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:54 AM RT @GinnieGraham: Two-thirds of OK women in prison are there for nonviolent crimes #tulsamayorcommissiononthestatusofwimen
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:53 AM RT @benfelder_okg: Janet Barresi spoke her mind as superintendent and has no regrets, LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:45 AM @grantpwilson This has made me think a lot about AIDS in the 1980s and what it would have been like with the Internet/social media.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:44 AM @baileyhuntsman I saw this yesterday: LINK Didn't include it because I didn't have full journal article, but interesting
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:42 AM RT @B_Schmidt: Full feed of my live tweets from tonight's anti-Islam town hall: https://t.co/6yvL1jukxQ
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:53 AM Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:10:43 PM CST @grantpwilson @stevelackmeyer @HealthyOklahoma Definitely. I didn't anticipate people to freak out this much, honestly.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 06:02:36 PM CST Re: syphilis outbreak -- The things I've had to Google today... #partylikeajournalist
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 04:58:21 PM CST “You hug them, and you’re going to break bones" -- Julie Walker, who lost her adult daughter to anorexia LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 04:28:14 PM CST 'Ebola is not airborne under non-medical situations' -- and other Ebola facts you should know LINK