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


  • Wait times at Oklahoma VA hospitals explored in audit released Monday

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    New patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center waited an average of 44 days for a primary care appointment, according to an audit released Monday from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • No Medicaid expansion reason for Mercy's plans to lay off up to 300 workers in four states

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    A lack of Medicaid expansion was cited as a reason that Mercy plans to lay off up to 300 people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas this month.

  • Parts of Oklahoma get 'food desert' label

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Southeast Oklahoma has the highest concentration of food deserts, communities without a grocery store where they can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, adding to the difficulties that residents face in trying to live healthier lifestyles, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • In Oklahoma Panhandle, 'food desert' feels more literal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Couple says “food desert” feels a little more literal in the Oklahoma Panhandle, which has been in a severe drought for more than three years.

  • For some rural Oklahoma residents, living off the land is the best option

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Donita Blackketter and her husband are examples of how some rural residents handle not having a grocery store near by. For beef, they slaughter one of the cows they raised on their 360 acres. For vegetables during the summer, they grow a garden.

  • Oklahoma Project Women makes mammograms, breast care services available for uninsured Oklahomans

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Uninsured Oklahomans in western and central Oklahoma will have improved access to mammograms and other breast care services.

  • Oklahoma doctors will likely see rates cut in Medicaid payments

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    The state’s Medicaid director will propose an almost 8 percent rate cut for medical professionals who provide health care to some of Oklahoma’s poorest residents.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 47 in senior health

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    In Oklahoma, almost 60 percent of seniors with an income greater than $75,000 report their health is “very good or excellent.” Meanwhile, only about 24 percent of seniors with an income less than $25,000 report the same. That’s one of the health disparities pointed out in the United Health Foundation’s 2014 senior health report. Overall, Oklahoma […]

  • Prescription drugs bill dies in committee

    By Phillip O’Connor and Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writers | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Despite an intensive last-minute push by supporters, including Gov. Mary Fallin, who lobbied lawmakers in person and by telephone, a bill intended to crack down on prescription drug abuse failed to win legislative approval Friday. Backers of the measure, which would have required doctors to check an online database before writing narcotic prescriptions, needed the support of nine of the House Public Safety Committee’s 17 members to keep the bill alive. They never got more than six, killing the measure’s chance for passage this year. “I am disappointed the House Public Safety Committee would not even let their colleagues in the Legislature get to vote on a prescription drug monitoring bill,” Fallin said late Friday.

  • Uninsured Norman man dies because he feared cost of calling 911, neighbor says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    It was only about a month ago when a Norman police officer came to Lori’s door and told her that her friend was dead. Lori’s friend, Allen, a 53-year-old therapist, had lived next to her for about six months, and the two had become close. They enjoyed talking about movies and books. It was nice to find someone she connected with. In late April, Lori realized she hadn’t heard from Allen in a few days and worried something was wrong. She banged on his door, trying to get his attention and tried to reach him several times. She even put a rock behind his car’s tire to make sure she wasn’t just missing him when he was home. But the rock never moved. What still haunts Lori is the reason why Allen died,

  • Officials say MERS threat in Oklahoma is very low

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The risk of any Oklahoman contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome remains low, health leaders said Thursday.

  • Oklahoma women are living shorter lives than men in most counties

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Women in Oklahoma are living shorter lives in more than half of the counties in Oklahoma, life expectancy data shows. It’s a pretty jarring number, especially when compared to life expectancy trends among men in Oklahoma. From 1985 to 2010, the life expectancy among women in 48 of Oklahoma’s counties decreased, according to data collected by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. The decreases ranged from -0.1 years in Pawnee County and Kay County to -3.4 years in Beckham County and Harmon County. Meanwhile, during the same time frame, the life expectancy for men decreased in only one county – Creek County by -0.7 – and stayed the same in Pawnee County.

  • What's it like: To be diagnosed with prediabetes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    What is prediabetes? Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, develops when a person’s body doesn’t use the hormone insulin properly. Insulin helps your body absorb glucose and use it for energy. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin properly, you have a condition called insulin resistance, which requires your body to produce higher levels of insulin. Over time, the body cannot keep up with the demand for extra insulin and type 2 diabetes develops. “Prediabetes” is a term used to describe a medical condition in which a person is close to developing diabetes if he or she doesn’t change lifestyle and eating habits, among other things.

  • Oklahoma health leaders criticize doctor groups who oppose prescription drug bill

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Oklahoma physicians are being “selfish and short-sighted” by opposing legislation that would require doctors to check an online database each time they write a prescription for narcotic painkillers and other controlled dangerous substances, health leaders said Friday.

  • Ardmore doctor skips hearing, loses medical license

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 15, 2014

    An Ardmore doctor lost his medical license Thursday, apparently choosing not to defend himself before the medical board regarding allegations that he overprescribed powerful painkillers.

  • Oklahoma's infant mortality rate decreases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Oklahoma has seen fewer babies die in recent years before their first birthday, health leaders said Tuesday. Although Oklahoma has seen a decrease, the state has a long way to go.

  • OU Medical Center launches extra fee for nonemergency care in ER

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    OU Medical Center officials announced Tuesday that, starting this week, adult patients assessed in the hospital’s emergency room who don’t have emergency medical needs will be charged — either their copay or $200 if they are uninsured — if they choose to still receive care through the ER after that assessment.

  • What's it like: To get trauma-based counseling

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, May 11, 2014

    Traumatic events can cause feelings of helplessness, anxiety and aggression, and trauma can leave a lasting impression on a person’s mind and body. Emotional trauma is known to be a physical injury because important parts of the body are affected.

  • Oklahoma experts explain how allergy shots work

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 10, 2014

    For Oklahomans who suffer from allergies, allergy shot therapy, which have been found to be at least somewhat effective in a majority of patients, may provide relief.

  • Elk City soon to be another Oklahoma community without a psychiatrist

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Once Dr. Leland Dennis retires, patients in Elk City, Oklahoma, and the surrounding area will have to look elsewhere for mental health care.




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 24 2014 11:07:00 AM CST @donald_stotts I do what I can ;-)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 24 2014 11:01:23 AM CST RT @reason: Immigrant Kids and the Fear of Disease LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 24 2014 11:00:20 AM CST .@HealthyOklahoma reports for a second week no new cases of #WestNile in Oklahoma. Keep on using that repellent, friends.
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 23 2014 04:09:20 PM CST .@EMSAOK reports since May, more than 60 children have been reported to be left in locked cars. "It’s an unprecedented number."
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 23 2014 11:26:04 AM CST @edkelley16 Interesting. Not sure how I feel about it. Side note: I like the irony of the headline. "The absolute worst" is also overused.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jul. 23 2014 10:33:30 AM CST @BrettDOkc (cont) ... a fight in public via the Internet. Although I don't appreciate credibility attacks, reporters get used to that.