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.


  • Oklahoma student advocates for awareness of food allergies

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Michael Mandanas, A 14-year-old student of Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, has started advocating for more awareness of food allergies, a growing food safety and public health concern that affects an estimated 4 to 6 percent of children in the United States. Mandanas is allergic to tree nuts, which include almonds, hazelnuts and cashews; peanuts; and shellfish, including shrimp, crab and lobster.

  • Oklahoma City VA surgeon questioned colleagues' skills years before heart program closure

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A little more than two years before federal authorities temporarily closed the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center’s heart program, a senior surgeon at the hospital voiced concerns about his fellow surgeons’ medical competencies.

  • A big thumbs-down: Thumb arthritis common, especially among baby boomer women

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Thumb arthritis is the most common form of osteoarthritis affecting the hand, according to the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Ghazi Rayan, an orthopedic surgeon at Integris Baptist Medical Center, answered a few questions about the disease.

  • Uninsured Oklahoma City woman gets surgery free of charge, thanks to donated medical care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Trisha Grider, 44, felt hopeless. She needed major hip surgery, but lacked health insurance and didn’t have the money to see a specialist. That changed, a few months ago, when an Oklahoma City nonprofit helped connect her with an orthopedic surgeon who donated his time.

  • Edmond boy learns to live with tics, Tourette syndrome

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Grant Shields, a 14-year-old Edmond teen, is hoping to educate his fellow Oklahomans about Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Shields was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in 2010.

  • Oklahoma City cancer survivor turned bodybuilder finds solace in her health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Rhonda Spinks, a 36-year-old Oklahoma City resident, competed in her first bodybuilding competition about five years after her doctors told her that her cancer was gone.

  • Listeria outbreak: Q&A with Oklahoma state epidemiologist

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Thus far, 10 people across four states, including one person in Oklahoma, have been sickened by several strains of Listeria after eating tainted Blue Bell ice cream products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

  • For true mental health reform, Oklahoma needs political leadership, advocate says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Mike Brose, executive director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, said in Oklahoma jail beds are readily available but treatment beds are lacking.

  • Oklahoma City bombing documentary explores community's resilience, 20 years later

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    “Resilience,” a 60-minute documentary co-produced by The Oklahoman and OETA, airs on 6 p.m. Sunday on OETA. It will also be available online.

  • CARE Center CEO talks about child abuse

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Stacy McNeiland, CARE Center CEO, is trying to raise awareness about child abuse, which she says is an epidemic in Oklahoma County, affecting one in three girls, and one in five boys.

  • Oklahoma's Legislature has failed to fund state mental health system's needs, leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    At Tuesday’s Senate appropriations hearing, the state mental health commissioner explained what will happen if her agency doesn’t get at least $10 million in additional funding, outlining how thousands of low-income Oklahomans will lose mental health and addiction treatment services.

  • Will the Legislature fund a new public health lab? Officials say dire consequences ahead

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Oklahoma’s public health lab, located in the lower floors of the state Health Department’s building, has experienced an increasing number of structural issues, including a faulty air conditioning unit that flooded the lab, drains that frequently back up and no room to expand.

  • For Mrs. America 2015, a platform about prescription drugs is personal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Tulsa resident Michelle Evans didn’t anticipate she would serve as Mrs. America 2015. But she wanted to raise awareness about how harmful prescription painkillers can be, and the pageant gave her a platform to do that.

  • Records reveal Oklahoma's deadliest month: March 2014

    By JACLYN COSGROVE and ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writers, and WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Oklahoma has had some bad months and years during the past decade, but March 2014 ranks as the deadliest month in terms of prescription drug overdose deaths.

  • Almost 100 years later, a funeral is held for mental health hospital fire victims in Norman, Oklahoma.

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A fire at Griffin Memorial Hospital took the lives of 40 patients almost 100 years ago. Thirty-nine of those were never given a ceremony or tomb marker — until Monday.

  • Oklahoma City woman offers variety of programming in Vietnamese

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Oklahoma’s Vietnamese Public Radio station broadcasts to three generations of listeners — older residents, their adult children and the U.S.-born children of refugees.

  • Oklahoma women who've had C-sections have options with second birth

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    For many Oklahoma women, it has been difficult to find a physician who will perform a vaginal birth after women have had babies through cesarean section, birthing advocates say. Commonly referred to as VBACs, a vaginal birth after cesarean has long been thought as only an option at a handful of hospitals in Oklahoma. However, that trend is changing, and birthing advocates argue it’s thanks to a recent insurance change.

  • For Oklahomans with weather-related anxiety, preparedness is key

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    After severe weather, some Oklahomans might feel anxious and unsure of how to move forward. Julie Summers, director of outreach and prevention at Mental Health Association Oklahoma, said getting back to a normal routine can be helpful to relieving post-storm anxiety.

  • After severe weather, it's important for Oklahomans to seek help for trauma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Severe weather can cause more than physical damage. The emotional toll on storm-weary Oklahomans can be just as devastating, according to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. People who were directly impacted by recent storms will experience a range of emotions and stressors that might create a need for mental health services, the […]

  • Rate of HIV, AIDS among American Indians is on the rise

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The rate of American Indians diagnosed with HIV or AIDS nearly doubled in one year, Oklahoma State Health Department data shows.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 10:34:01 PM CST RT @AdamWeinstein: hoooooooooooooooooo boy LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 10:01:05 PM CST Harold Hamm sues oilman for defamation over Facebook post LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:58:01 PM CST @audreydodgen @TrynKeepUp Lynn and Jeff would be a great start!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:47:21 PM CST @susannesophia You rock!!!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:47:02 PM CST Take a minute and learn about the wonders and joys of urban gardening in OKC LINK @TrynKeepUp gives great advice!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 05:39:51 PM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: Sure would be nice if U-haul saw this as an opty to restore or at least showcase the original bldg. https://t.co/Qup8Qg…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 05:39:48 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Preservationists in Oklahoma City winning despite bitter defeats LINK via @stevelackmeyer LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 03:33:56 PM CST It's that time of year when I remind @mkimball011 that this video of me being struck by a firework exists: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 03:16:48 PM CST @Shelly_Hickman @SnakeBucket @OklahomaStand Any there any districts in Oklahoma where you would start out making more than $40K?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jun. 30 2015 03:11:55 PM CST RT @Shelly_Hickman: Via @OklahomaStand: short commute across state line compromising #oklaed students' futures LINK http:…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Jun. 29 2015 09:46:15 AM CST One of the reasons I bike to work when I can -- For Oklahomans with asthma, ozone days can make it hard to breathe LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Jun. 27 2015 08:39:16 AM CST RT @NAMIEDOK: Oklahoma mental health agency places moratorium on Medicaid contracts for some therapists | News OK .@jaclyncosgrove http://…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:52:55 PM CST RT @SkewTee: Storms in the Ouachita Mtns. Pic from Van Buren, AR. If u look close u can see the Mamatus. @5NEWSGarrett #arwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 01:02:57 PM CST Staring at my phone and mentally willing people to call me back isn't working. New tactic needed. #OnDeadline
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 01:00:18 PM CST @holleym @prsaokc @gangrey Cool!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 12:59:45 PM CST RT @NewsOKPolitics: Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage a national right LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 10:22:55 AM CST RT @OKDOT: We'll be live tweeting Sen. James Inhofe's Tulsa press conference. #transportation
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 10:01:22 AM CST @TrynKeepUp Yes. I was honestly confused. Going to ask about it at the end of the meeting.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jun. 26 2015 09:58:29 AM CST RT @oid411: .@CommJohnDoak interview with @OKCFox: "We can't remain at the top of the list for the number of uninsured motorist." LINK

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