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.


  • 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.

  • Whooping cough cases rising in Oklahoma, especially Tulsa County

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of residents sickened by vaccine-preventable diseases, state health officials said at this months’s state Board of Health meeting. For example, since 2004, Oklahoma has seen an increasing number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. Tulsa County saw a high rate of pertussis in 2010 — almost […]

  • More Oklahoma parents opt out of vaccinating their children

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Over the past 10 years, Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of parents choosing to not vaccinate their children for philosophical or personal reasons. In 2004, .35 percent of children were exempted from vaccinations because of philosophical reasons. In 2013, that number had risen to about .95 percent, according to health department data.

  • Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive recommended childhood vaccines

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive the full dosages of recommended childhood vaccines, according to officials at the state Health Department. This is not enough coverage to attain community immunity, or “herd immunity,” for contagious diseases, a concern that Toni Frioux, deputy commissioner for prevention and preparedness at the state Health Department, voiced at this […]

  • 68 Oklahomans confirmed dead from flu

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Since late September, 68 Oklahoma residents have been confirmed to have died from flu-related complications, the state Health Department reported Thursday morning.

  • Advocate touts plan to house Oklahoma City's homeless

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Sam Tsemberis, a New York-based homeless advocate, recently came to Oklahoma to explain how leaders could implement strategies to help the chronically homeless.

  • Fallin: 'Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money'

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Thousands of Oklahomans die each year from preventable causes — and it’s time to change that. That was one of the messages conveyed in Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State address Monday at the Capitol. “Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money,” Fallin said during her speech. Oklahoma ranks among […]




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:49:02 PM CST RT @caracowanwatts: The State is so eager to sign the compact, they already announced it...and vote not even taken! LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:46:54 PM CST @BranWilkenDRC You'll make a great cops reporter.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:45:58 PM CST @jennh_ Is that your application for breaking news reporter?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:43:01 PM CST An entire newspaper where the stories are just emojis. (Your head just exploded, didn't it?)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 05:33:00 PM CST A woman left me a voicemail that she started out by singing. Can everyone start doing that? Please and thank you. #HowToMakeReportersHappy
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 04:23:53 PM CST RT @NewsOKPolitics: Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted on multiple charges, inc…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 12:58:29 PM CST @U23FM @MimsBakeryOKC Yes! I've been dying to try that truck!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 12:58:06 PM CST @susannesophia I almost fell face first off the knee extension machine. It took talent and coordination.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, May. 28 2015 12:13:53 PM CST Chiropractor who practiced in OKC admits to $2M real estate scam LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 09:45:43 PM CST Whoever hacked the largest homeless shelter in OKC's Twitter account is a terrible person. https://t.co/IXFALp3LvG
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 09:20:13 PM CST @lansdallius I've heard we are good at getting kids into pre-K. In terms of health, we rank poorly in a lot of categories.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 04:50:11 PM CST Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, placing it among worst in nation LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 03:08:32 PM CST More context about the number of deputies who have received Crisis Intervention Training (mental health training) https://t.co/wc6t6M3fFT
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 03:07:27 PM CST @TrynKeepUp I don't, but looks interesting!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 02:52:47 PM CST I mean, subtweeting feels good in the moment. #ReporterProblems
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 02:23:59 PM CST @carriejacobs @SilasAllen1 My guffaw echoed throughout the newsroom.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 02:20:12 PM CST Yes, it's really called "Bourbon" virus -- Rare tick-borne illness confirmed in Oklahoma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 12:41:49 PM CST @OkCountySheriff @EmIndustrious @MHAOKLA @TCSO Thank you! I wonder if anyone has a comprehensive numbers list cc: @ODMHSASINFO @jeaninedok
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 12:41:28 PM CST Number of @OkCountySheriff deputies with Crisis Intervention Training, which helps them take mental health calls https://t.co/fQ83H9XR9J
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, May. 27 2015 12:40:30 PM CST Let's talk about mental health, suicide prevention LINK cc: @mhaokla

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