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.

Jaclyn is a recipient of the 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. Jaclyn’s project is focused on low-income, uninsured Oklahomans diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders. She is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


  • Oklahoma sees decline in rate of uninsured children, although rate remains high

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Oklahoma had the 45th highest rate of children who were uninsured in 2014, a report released Wednesday shows. The report analyzed how different provisions in the Affordable Care Act have potentially affected the rate of uninsured children.  Overall, the children’s uninsured rate in the United States declined significantly from 7.1 percent in 2013 to 6.0 percent in 2014. Oklahoma saw a significant drop in the number of children who are uninsured, a 14 percent decrease, from 95,042 children in 2013 to 82,251 children in 2014, according to the report. However, compared with other states, Oklahoma's rate of uninsured children remains high, with 9 percent of children

  • After OSU homecoming crash, mental health advocate asks for attorney, DA to refrain from using stigmatizing language

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    A state mental health leader sent a letter Monday to the Payne County district attorney and the attorney of the woman accused of crashing into the crowd at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, asking them to refrain from using language that will further stigmatize mental illness and addiction.  Mike Brose, Mental Health Association Oklahoma executive director, sent the following letter to Tony Coleman, Adacia Avery Chambers' attorney, and Laura Austin Thomas, Payne County district attorney:  Dear Mr.

  • What role do e-cigarettes play in Oklahoma's smoking rate decline?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Ted Wagener, training director at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, said it would be hard to say what impact e-cigarettes have had on the decline in adult residents smoking traditional combustible cigarettes.

  • Join us for a discussion about mental illness in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Oct 21, 2015

    Each day, thousands of Oklahomans struggle to find consistent, quality care for their mental illnesses or substance abuse issues. As part of our ongoing coverage on these issues, The Oklahoman will host a conversation on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. with local experts in our studio. You can watch that conversation through a live stream video via NewsOK.com/live.  During the discussion, we will take questions from our online audience. You can ask questions for our panelists before or during the conversation by using the hashtag #MHinOK on Twitter. You can also email questions beforehand to me, via jcosgrove(at)oklahoman(dot)com.

  • Oklahoma sees prescription drug overdose deaths drop slightly

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Oct 19, 2015

    In 2014, 510 Oklahomans died from unintentional prescription drug overdose, preliminary data from the state Health Department shows. That's a 5-percent decrease from 2013, when Oklahoma lost 538 residents to overdose.

  • Which Oklahoma County zip codes have the highest teen birth rates?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Oct 12, 2015

    Over the past five years, Oklahoma County has seen its teen birth rate drop significantly.  For years, Oklahoma has had one of the highest teen birth rates in the U.S. In 2010, the county's teen birth rate was almost 60 live births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19. But by 2014, that rate dropped to 43 live births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19.  Health leaders attribute the drop to a coalition of community organizations that have focused on, among other things, evidence-based comprehensive sex education.  The teen birth rate ranges across Oklahoma County. The chart below shows the 10 zip codes with the highest teen birth rates.

  • Ride, bike or walk to this upcoming south Oklahoma City event

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Oct 11, 2015

    Open Streets OKC, a biannual community health event, will be from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 along an area of south Robinson between SW 23 to SW 29, including west on SW 25 and west on SW 29 to South Walker.

  • Leaving grief unaddressed can have prolonged consequences, Oklahoma counselor says

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Oklahoma City counselor facilitates grief support groups for Integris.

  • Oklahoma County's teen birth rate drops for first time in at least five years

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    In 2014, 43 babies were born in Oklahoma County to every 1,000 girls and women aged 15 to 19 years old. That's the lowest the rate has been since 2010.

  • Oklahoma sees increase in babies dying before a month of life

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen an increase in the rate of babies dying before they reach a month of life, data from the state Health Department shows.  Terry Cline, the state health commissioner, said at Tuesday's state Board of Health meeting that the increase in the rate of babies dying before a month of life is a concerning trend. In recent years, Oklahoma has celebrated the overall decline in its infant mortality rate, the rate of babies who don’t live to their first birthday.  The state’s infant mortality rate in 2013 was 6.73 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, a 15-percent reduction from the state’s 2005 rate of 7.95 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, according to a Centers for

  • A day spent at Oklahoma City's medical detox center

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    The Recovery Center sits less than half a mile from Oklahoma City's iconic milk bottle grocery building at NW 23 and N Classen. It's easy to miss the rectangular brown building as you're driving to work or headed to meet friends at a nearby restaurant.  Inside the center, addicts, many of whom are low-income and uninsured, attempt to get sober. Formerly known as The Referral Center, the facility serves as the only place in Oklahoma County where low-income, uninsured residents can receive a medical detox at no charge, paid for through money from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

  • The end of a food desert in southeast Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    For almost two years, residents in the small southeast Oklahoma town of Clayton have been without a grocery store.  That's why, when you ask anyone around town what they're most excited about regarding recent economic development, they will tell you: "The grocery store."  In late December or early January, the Choctaw Nation will re-open the town's grocery store, formerly Clayton Country Store, under the name 'The Choctaw Country Marketplace." Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton said in a recent interview that he hopes the grocery store will serve not only as a market with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables but also as an educational and cultural experience for visitors.

  • Suicide rate among American Indian young adults remains high, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    American Indian and Alaskan Native young adults are dying by suicide at higher rates than other races and ethnic groups, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.  Among teenagers and young adults ages 15 to 24, suicide was the second leading cause of death in 2013. In 2012 to 2013, young adult men ages 18–24 were more likely than young adult women to die by suicide. The male suicide rate was higher than the female suicide rate in each of the five race and ethnicity groups studied, including white, black, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native young people.

  • Mental health and addiction in Oklahoma: Numbers to know

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Oklahoma spends less on mental health per capita than most other states in the United States. Recently, a study funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration outlined how each state and the District of Columbia spends money to cover mental health and substance abuse services for residents.  (This blog post has been updated to reflect Texas as a state that spends less than Oklahoma on mental health per capita) The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services spends a majority of its budget on community-based programs, which includes community mental health centers where low-income, uninsured adults can receive care.

  • Oklahoma City fashion show to raise money for pediatric cancer research

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    A fashion show Thursday will help raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

  • ER care can be important 'safety net' for patients with schizophrenia, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Emergency room care might serve as a safety net for patients with schizophrenia not otherwise receiving care, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found.  The CDC report also found that the rate of men coming to the ER for treatment of schizophrenia was about double the rate of women. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder that has affected people throughout history. During 2009–2011, an estimated 382,000 emergency room visits related to schizophrenia occurred each year among adults aged 18 to 64.

  • After 18 years of addiction, Oklahoma City man offers hope to others

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Ernest Long is a peer recovery support specialist, hired and trained by the Oklahoma mental health agency, to work at The Recovery Center, 1215 NW 25, Oklahoma City, to help addicts get clean.

  • Oklahoma ranks low in mental-health funding

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Oklahoma spends $56.22 per capita on mental health, making Oklahoma one of the lowest in the U.S. in mental health funding, according to a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-funded report released Thursday.

  • Drinking alcohol during pregnancy poses risks, expert says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Primary care physicians can play an important role in combating neurological disorders that children can develop as a result of their mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy, an Oklahoma researcher said.

  • Oklahoma's obesity rate has slowed, but a third of adults in state still are obese

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    Oklahoma has the sixth highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and the state continues to rank high in heart disease deaths, diabetes and other chronic conditions linked to obesity, according to the report published by health advocacy groups Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:02 PM A story I wrote last summer about vaccines -- More are 'opting out' of childhood vaccinations in Oklahoma https://t.co/OQUCPuaXIB
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:51 AM Listen: The history of mental health care in Oklahoma https://t.co/2UEUJYpZbe #mhinOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:10 AM @keatonfox That's wonderful! I am happy to share sources. The more of us writing about this, the better. :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 7:38 AM RT @KOSUMichaelC: Don't miss my conversation with @jaclyncosgrove on the state of Mental Health in OK at 7:45 on @KOSURadio
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Feb. 08 2016 04:13:04 PM CST RT @thecitysentinel: 'Epidemic Ignored': Oklahoma treats its mental health system without care https://t.co/YVcOpfkqvy @jaclyncosgrove http
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Feb. 08 2016 01:45:19 PM CST I'll be on @KOSURadio tomorrow at 6:45 a.m. & 8:45 a.m. talking about my @CarterCenter mental health history piece: https://t.co/5I7veaZgs0
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Feb. 08 2016 11:16:27 AM CST Check out this podcast for more context of my "Epidemic Ignored" project. Thanks :) #mhinok https://t.co/v6qFB3VfiZ
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Feb. 08 2016 11:15:27 AM CST RT @NAMIEDOK: Panel looks at effect of cuts on Oklahoma mental health agency @NewsOK via @jaclyncosgrove https://t.co/bve1CKJng7
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 02:09:46 PM CST @donald_stotts @TheHubBubImprov Thanks :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 02:08:31 PM CST RT @OklahomaWatch: More bad budget news may come from OMES next week: "There is legitimate reason for concern about a second FY 2016 revenu
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 02:00:13 PM CST Commercial flights coming to Stillwater in August https://t.co/3iT2quiNLI via @ocolly
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:36:16 AM CST Sage advice from a recent interview. This might be a new life mantra for me. #advice #igersokchttps://t.co/2tl7PwPfUa
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Feb. 04 2016 06:42:02 PM CST RT @TheOklahoman: .@OwenCanfield is introducing the candidates. Here's @TimWillert1's story on their backgrounds: https://t.co/EGE4CpQhiL #
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Feb. 04 2016 12:53:45 PM CST I'm performing improv at 7:30 tonight with @TheHubBubImprov at @DistrictHouse. Because reporters need laughs, too. Join us!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Feb. 04 2016 07:53:29 AM CST #TBT: 'Mental Hospital' shows life inside 1950s Oklahoma facility https://t.co/RI64EYqBLG
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:52:02 PM CST @MHAOKLA Thanks! 👍
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:51:22 PM CST @mdotcarney No.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:50:11 PM CST RT @Prison_Health: Oklahoma treats its mental health system without care https://t.co/QNGTwhjLoW MT @jaclyncosgrove https://t.co/WnH0luMhVg
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 05:57:49 PM CST There's a lot of terrible in the world. But there are also miniature donkeys. https://t.co/uaATVMB9mA

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