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 family struggles to find help for son with schizoaffective disorder

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Lori Penner sits at the plastic table in the corner of a Braum’s store, and at first, she seems nervous. She repeatedly breaks eye contact, looking out the window, again and again. It’s a warm Monday afternoon in September in northwest Oklahoma City. The ice cream store is near NW 39 and Pennsylvania Avenue, where panhandlers regularly hold cardboard signs, requesting money, work or just “Anything helps.” Coincidentally, on this particular Monday, Penner’s son is among them, and she has spent the past half hour watching him. “He’s right there,” she says, looking at the tall thin man with a white T-shirt and gray pants. “He sees my car out there. He’s right there — that’s my son.

  • Living successfully with schizophrenia: Oklahoma City woman finds recovery and shares hope

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City resident Augusta Cox, 39, is determined to reduce the stigma surrounding schizophrenia, a brain disorder she is successfully living with.

  • What's it Like: To have schizophrenia

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: About 1 percent of Americans have schizophrenia. In Oklahoma, an estimated 12,700 residents have untreated schizophrenia. Because of the cost of mental health treatment, the stigma around the diagnosis and the lack of mental health providers, it can sometimes be difficult for people to find help or receive treatment and prescription drugs.

  • After more than a year, Norman man works to recover from West Nile virus

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Doctors say Oklahoman Jason Wisdom shouldn’t have lived. And after he survived, they said he probably wouldn’t walk again. He has defied those claims, but he hasn’t done it alone, he said.

  • Smoke-free bars in Oklahoma? This group hopes to make it so

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that has no regulation on a state, county or city level, regarding smoking in bars. Public health officials say this is largely because of a state law that does not allow cities to pass stricter smoking laws than the state’s law. But a recent effort started in Oklahoma hopes […]

  • Expert visits Oklahoma to discuss future of health care reform

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely subside in the coming years, replaced by conversations at a state and federal level on how to improve the much-debated federal health care law, a policy expert told a crowd of policymakers and health leaders Monday.

  • High school students: Interested in journalism? Here's your chance

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    This photo is of a group of incredibly talented young people from across the Oklahoma City metro — last year’s Newsroom 101 class. Newsroom 101 is The Oklahoman’s high school journalism program. Each year, from January to May, our students work to produce stories, photos, videos and more. Their work is published in The Oklahoman and in Hot Ink, […]

  • Some Oklahoma communities stop fluoridating water because of cost

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Over the past five years, a decreasing number of Oklahoma communities have fluoridated their water, largely due to cost, public health officials say.

  • What's it like? Electroconvulsive therapy

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    What’s it like? Health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove takes a look at electroconvulsive therapy and its use as a treatment for certain mental health issues.

  • #TBT: 'Mental Hospital' shows life inside 1950s Oklahoma facility

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Meet Fred Clanton, an Oklahoman diagnosed with schizophrenia. Actually, Fred is a character in “Mental Hospital,” a film produced in 1953 that shows what life was like for patients in Oklahoma’s mental health institutions. From what I can gather, the film was produced by the University of Oklahoma for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and […]

  • Oklahoma man accused of damaging Ten Commandments monument struggles with mental illness, family says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Family and friends of Michael Tate Reed II remember him as a bright man with a strong faith. Since he was a teenager, he wanted to be a preacher, and maybe even a traveling televangelist. But over the past two years, his family has seen his mental health suffer, with a list of events leading up to the evening of Oct. 23 when he crashed his car into the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building.

  • Ebola travel protocol created for Oklahoma County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Oklahoma County public health officials have put a protocol into place regarding how Oklahomans who travel to any of the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak will be monitored upon their return.

  • After more than four months, Oklahoma City VA reopens heart program

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Federal authorities grew concerned about the number of heart patients who died shortly after surgery at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.

  • What's it like: To have a planned home birth

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: When discussing whether to have a planned home birth, it’s important for families to research midwives or physicians they would like to use, interviewing prospective midwives to ensure they are comfortable with their levels of experience and practices.

  • Q&A: Physician assistants play important role in prescription drug addiction debate in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Dan McNeill, clinical professor at Oklahoma City University, is the president of the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants. He answered a few questions about the organization’s efforts to curb prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma.

  • Heart disease isn't decreasing as quickly in Oklahoma, compared to rest of nation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    In the United States, heart disease mortality has decreased since the 1950s. However, these declines are not being seen in some Oklahoma counties.

  • First flu cases of the season confirmed in Oklahoma

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Health officials announced Thursday the first laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma. One case is in an Oklahoma County resident younger than 5, and the child was not hospitalized for influenza. The other case is a Tulsa County resident also younger than 5 who was hospitalized.

  • ‘Ebola’ a popular search term among Oklahomans

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Over the past three months, Oklahomans have searched Google for Ebola-related terms more frequently than residents in any other state.   The Oklahoma City metro region has had some of the highest amount of Ebola search activity in the state. Oddly enough, Goldsy, a town of about 2,000 people in McClain County, has a particularly […]

  • Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    A syphilis outbreak in Comanche County has been fueled by iPhone apps and online websites that help users plan out anonymous hook-ups, Oklahoma public health officials say. Since July 28, nine people have tested positive for syphilis in Comanche County, a 300 percent increase in the usual number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease. The cases have primarily been among men who have sex with men, some of whom are married to women, and also among IV drug users.

  • Amid fears of Ebola, Oklahoma residents stay home from work, school

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma passengers of a recent cruise are at “no risk” of contracting Ebola after sharing the ship with a Dallas healthcare worker who handled a laboratory specimen for an Ebola patient, health officials said Monday.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:48:49 PM CST RT @OklahomaWatch: Governor said she won't comment on Rep. Sally Kern's bills targeting the gay community.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:48:46 PM CST RT @OklahomaWatch: Fallin: "I have lots of gay friends that I do talk to and hang out with. I think we should respect them. They are good O…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 07:19:56 PM CST RT @WSJ: Roughly 16 million U.S. children - about 1 in 5 - received food stamps last year. LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:16:24 PM CST RT @benfelder_okg: Hofmeister joins #bustour at Jefferson. Seems to be good relationship so far between OKC district & new state leader htt…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:12:42 PM CST @MadiLAlexander @mkimball011 As SPJ Oklahoma president, I find the concept pretty concerning.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:05:04 PM CST What's the disclaimer at the bottom of this story? "Teen Arrested For Armed Robbery Of NW OKC 7-Eleven" LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 11:16:33 AM CST Follow @grahambrewer for interesting updates from the @AP legislative forum. @GovMaryFallin is currently the speaker.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 11:08:41 AM CST @TonThur Sending good vibes for your pup!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 10:56:30 AM CST @JoeHight Thank you! Check out @MHAOKLA @OklahomaWatch and @warrenvieth's timelines as well. Lots of tweeting from last night :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Jan. 28 2015 10:55:55 AM CST RT @JonathanSmalI: @jaclyncosgrove yep, stop putting people in prison for non-violent offenses & time to provide protections for employers …
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 11:01:14 PM CST RT @hefner_goats: Bleat. Bleat. Bleat. We. sure. do. like. eating. weeds. And. not. talking. about. politics. Bleat. Bleat. Bleat.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 10:56:47 PM CST @Boldface Oh, and wear closed-toes shoes on Bourbon Street.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 10:55:25 PM CST @Boldface Yeah, @Tiffanyg89 and I find something new every time we go.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 10:52:54 PM CST @Boldface So I know how to help you not go hungry, but none of my advice will keep you from getting murdered.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 10:51:41 PM CST @Boldface Audobon Park is beautiful. Seed is a great vegan restaurant in Garden District. Oh! And Dreamy Weenies is a great hot dog place.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 09:57:08 PM CST @Boldface The trolley is a great way to get around... But it might be too crazy to use during Mardi Gras.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 09:55:29 PM CST RT @shrink_ontherun: @jaclyncosgrove @okcbuck one major challenge to accessing mental health care post release is affordability of public t…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 07:52:40 PM CST @okcbuck Thanks for your time!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 07:11:22 PM CST Feel free to join Oklahoma's Addiction and Mental Health Community to continue the conversation https://t.co/sAg8QwLG7o #watchout
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Jan. 27 2015 07:10:02 PM CST .@okcbuck: Advocates must build relationships w/ lawmakers. When lawmakers think budget cuts, they'll think about those residents #watchout

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