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.


  • Have questions about Ebola? Join us for a chat Tuesday

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Over the past few weeks, the fear and panic over Ebola has reached near hysteria, which some have dubbed “Fearbola.” If you have a question about Ebola, here’s your chance to ask an expert. Kristy Bradley, the state epidemiologist, will answer questions about Ebola during an online chat on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The chat will […]

  • Oklahoma mother hopes to start foundation to raise awareness about eating disorders

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

    Julie Walker, a Blanchard resident, has plans to start Joehdi’s Hope, a nonprofit organization in honor of her late daughter that will raise awareness and money to help people with eating disorders get treatment.

  • No Ebola risk to passengers on cruise ship with Dallas healthcare worker, officials say

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    There is no risk of contracting Ebola for passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Magic with a Dallas healthcare worker, the state Health Department reported Monday afternoon. The announcement comes after school officials in a few central Oklahoma schools asked students and staff who were aboard the cruise ship to stay home out of an abundance […]

  • What's it like: To have tongue tie surgery

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: The lingual frenulum is a band of tissue that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. A tongue tie can occur when the frenulum is too short and thick.

  • Comedian Tig Notaro to perform Saturday in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro will perform Saturday at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City. Tickets are available on TicketStorm.

  • Oklahomans with visual impairments raise awareness about white cane usage

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    About 40 Oklahomans met Wednesday in Bricktown to celebrate White Cane Safety Day. Vicky Golightly, secretary of the Heartland Council of the Blind, said the event helps the public realize that people who are blind or visually impaired are active in the community, working and raising families just like everyone else.

  • What's it like: To have a corneal transplant

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    A person might need a corneal transplant because he or she suffers from vision problems because of a thinning cornea. Another reason to get a corneal transplant would be because of scarring of the cornea from severe infections or injuries. Also, the only cure for people who suffer from Fuchs’ dystrophy — an eye disease that causes the cells lining the inner surface of the cornea to slowly start to die — is a corneal transplant.

  • Oklahoma health leaders lay out protocol for potential Ebola cases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Officials say patients have been evaluated, but Oklahoma has no cases of Ebola.

  • No Ebola threat in Oklahoma, officials say

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    There are currently no patients identified as ‘Ebola threats’ in the state of Oklahoma, the governor’s office said Friday morning. The announcement comes after news reports Friday that a patient at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City was being monitored for Ebola-like symptoms. However, hospital officials have confirmed the patient does not have Ebola. Gov. Mary […]

  • Oklahoma Medicaid leaders say agency needs at least $164 million additional state dollars for next fiscal year

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Leaders at the state’s Medicaid agency say the Oklahoma Health Care Authority needs at least $164 million additional state dollars for the next fiscal year to maintain the existing program.

  • Across Oklahoma, same-sex couples begin filing for marriage licenses

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove and Darla Slipke, Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Court officials in various Oklahoma counties have seen same-sex couples come to file for their marriage licenses, although about 12 counties weren’t issuing licenses at first, advocates say.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma City health providers work to patch free care network

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    The Oklahoma City free clinic at Good Shepherd Ministries is part of a growing movement in the OKC metro area to provide care at charitable clinics, commonly referred to as “free clinics,” by having paid staff and longer hours.

  • Free clinic: Specialty free clinic provides needed care to uninsured patients in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    An Oklahoma City cardiologist recently started a free clinic for low-income uninsured residents who otherwise would likely wait months to see certain types of specialists.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma's rural clinics find ways to survive

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    In one of the poorest regions of Oklahoma, a free health clinic operates in the black. On the opposite side of the state, a county that has seen an increase of wealth is home to a free clinic that is at risk of closure.

  • Free clinic: Del City grandmother searches for low-cost dental services

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Michelle Casson, a 53-year-old Del City resident, has skimped on her health care needs because she is a single grandmother living off disability and raising three of her grandchildren, ages 5, 7 and 13.

  • Free clinic: Homeless in OKC, man tries to find sobriety and stability

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    James Russell, 50, is an uninsured Oklahoma City resident who is homeless and in recovery from methamphetamine addiction.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma family travels 3 hours to get free medical, dental care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    James Alexander, 25, of Clayton, OK, has a heart condition that has hardly been treated. He also received care for dental problems at a free clinic.

  • What's it like: To be quarantined

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: In the public health world, there’s an important distinction between the words “quarantine” and “isolation.” People often use the term “quarantined” inappropriately.

  • Free clinic: 'Do I want health care or do I want my education right now?'

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Stephanie James, 28, a restaurant server who lives in Edmond, hasn’t had health insurance for eight years. James said she cannot afford both college and health insurance, so for now, she chooses college.

  • What's it like: To get a pacemaker implanted

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Pacemakers are often used to treat people who have slow heart rhythms, essentially providing them a faster heart beat.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:39 PM Me: "Have any big plans this Christmas?" Cashier: "Eat a lot and get drunk." #PuttingTheBlitzInBlitzen
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:35 PM Christmas vs. Thanksgiving: LINK (I think Thanksgiving wins)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:33 PM RT @tulsaworld: Hundreds of Tulsa's mentally ill transported to hospitals each month - LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Dec. 20 2014 11:15:36 PM CST RT @cordjefferson: This is the corniest shit but here's to hoping 2015 is the year we start being nice to each other.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Dec. 19 2014 03:59:41 PM CST @BrentThompson33 @ddiamond Thank you very much.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 06:15:24 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: New #MentalHealth hospital coming to #OKC. State really needs more psychiatric beds for low-income LINK @jac…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:26:52 PM CST @Rayke There has never been a better YOLO image.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:26:13 PM CST @OKBizzy That is the concern voiced by @MHAOKLA
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 01:25:35 PM CST @Rayke I can't decide which image is worse. These two tie. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 12:56:58 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: DOC attorney Mike Oakley: there was significant pressure from both Gov. Fallin & AG Pruitt's offices to get the execution…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Dec. 18 2014 12:55:43 PM CST RT @jburns18: ICYMI: Check out the great work @jaclyncosgrove did documenting Oklahoma's mental health care crisis LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:26:26 PM CST RT @dezhill: RT@ezraklein Old posters warning about what will happen if we let women vote: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:25:59 PM CST RT @Okieprof: #clarkclass summary of comments by and on @MikeSherman, on LINK @dezhill @HeideWrite
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:23:19 PM CST RT @smoughts: You guys. Remember today? LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:21:42 PM CST @erindemoss I felt relieved of my guilt for pressing that button.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 11:21:22 PM CST Citing 'tremendous need,' Kentucky-based company plans to build 72-bed mental health hospital in Oklahoma City LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 05:29:38 PM CST @erindemoss @Radiolab I felt less like a jerk for hitting that button
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:42:55 PM CST After listening to @Radiolab's "Buttons," I asked the elevator repair men at work if the close-door button is hooked up. Nope. Not at all.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:34:02 PM CST RT @JennieMariel: @jaclyncosgrove I can neither confirm or deny if this was me.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Dec. 17 2014 03:02:02 PM CST While scheduling a doctor's appointment -- Scheduler: Have you traveled outside the U.S. in the past... Me: I don't have Ebola.