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 has one of the lowest rates of children in two-parent households

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Only 39 percent of Oklahoma children live with both of their married, biological parents, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census data. As David Leonhardt, New York Times Upshot editor, points out: These patterns -- which come from a new analysis of census data -- are important because evidence suggests that children usually benefit from growing up with two parents. It's probably not a coincidence, for instance, that the states with more two-parent families also have higher rates of upward mobility. Talking about the advantages of two-parent families can be awkward, I realize, because it can seem to dismiss the heroic work that so

  • Oklahoma ranks high for preventable injury deaths, report shows

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Oklahoma has the third highest rate in the U.S. of residents dying from largely preventable injuries, such as drug overdoses, homicides, motor vehicle crashes and suicides.

  • #WhatIfOKC: Residents tweet about how to make OKC better place for all

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Twitterverse is optimistic today.

  • Even with budget cuts, mental health commissioner expects no Oklahomans will fully lose services

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Last year, the state’s mental health agency faced cutting about $20 million from its budget after not receiving its full budget request from the Legislature. Leaders at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services estimated that thousands would lose services if the Legislature didn’t provide $21 million in additional state appropriations. The agency proposed […]

  • Oklahoma floods: Tips for evacuating flooded areas

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. May was the rainiest month ever recorded in Oklahoma. Floodwaters can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. It’s important to be prepared as the state continues to see more and more rainfall. The state Health Department provided the following tips to stay safe during the rainy weather: Be prepared to evacuate flood-prone areas. An evacuation plan should consist of multiple escape routes in case roads are blocked. Evacuation plans should also take into account people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, pets and even livestock. When evacuation is not possible before floodwaters reach a your immediate area, it is important to first call 911

  • Nurse practitioners, physician assistants face 5 percent rate cut from state Medicaid agency

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The state’s Medicaid agency updated its list of proposed budget cuts, including how much of a rate cut nurse practitioners and physician assistants could face in the coming state fiscal year. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority will recommend lowering the fee-for-service rates for physician assistants and nurse practitioners by 5 percent. In May, health care providers expressed concerns about the Oklahoma […]

  • Mental health transport crises: Back of police car may not be best solution, experts say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Under Oklahoma law, law enforcement are the designated means of transportation for taking residents to and from mental health facilities when it's determined that those residents are a danger to themselves or others.

  • Educators need to include teens with disabilities in sex ed courses, advocates for students say

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staf‌f Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Elijah McNabb was one of 20 students who attended the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Youth Leadership Forum, a weeklong training that focuses on empowering high school juniors and seniors who have disabilities.

  • Black, Hispanic men neglect treatment of mental health

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writerjcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics found that black and Hispanic men ages 18 to 44 are less likely than white men to get mental health treatment.

  • Oklahoma hospital charges patients almost 10 times cost of care, report says

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A Durant hospital charges uninsured patients almost 10 times the actual cost of their medical care, the Washington Post reports. The Medical Center of Southeast Oklahoma is among 50 hospitals across the United States that have the “highest markup of all 5,000 hospitals in the United States,” Gerard Anderson, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg […]

  • County health departments in Oklahoma bill for insurance, make 'big shift' in public health

    By JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staff Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    County health departments in Oklahoma will continue to serve as a place where low-income children and adults can get vaccines for free or at a reduced cost. But because of federal and state budget cuts and changes under the Affordable Care Act, the game has changed for insured Oklahomans. Starting last summer, county health departments across the state started billing those with insurance.

  • Childhood vaccines prove costly for physicians to provide

    By JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staff Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    ENID -- A refrigerator sits in the corner of Dr. Eve Switzer's office, with signs on it indicating it's no place to keep leftovers. "Do not unplug -- Vaccines inside," one sign reads in all capital letters. "Do not disconnect," another bright yellow sign reads. A third sign that says "Food" with a large red slash through it, hangs near the bottom of the fridge, just in case you missed the others. The contents of this fridge are likely worth more than the fridge itself -- thousands of dollars worth of vaccines. They're even insured, just in case unruly Oklahoma weather strikes.

  • More are 'opting out' of childhood vaccinations in Oklahoma

    By JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staff Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    State is one of about 18 that make immunizations voluntary for school attendance

  • More Oklahoma parents are 'opting out' of vaccinating children, raising concerns

    By JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staf‌f Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    State is one of about 18 that make immunizations voluntary for school attendance

  • Officials confirm West Nile virus in Oklahoma

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staff Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon.

  • Of‌ficials confirm West Nile virus cases in state

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staf‌f Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon.

  • West Nile virus confirmed in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS

    | Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, placing it among worst in nation

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in senior health, meaning residents 65 and older have some of the worst health outcomes in the U.S. but also receive some of the worst medical care in the nation, a newly released report shows. The state ranked poorly in America’s Health Rankings’ senior health report, in part, because Oklahoma has a high […]

  • Oklahoma residents lose belongings to flood, but thankful they are alive

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Oklahoma residents across the region, including in Lawton, Indiahoma, Cache, Medicine Park, Meers and Paradise Valley saw flooding Sunday. There were no reports of injuries or deaths, according to Comanche County Emergency Management.

  • Alzheimer's steals memories but not couple's love

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The Gardners are among the thousands of Oklahoma families watching a loved one gradually disappear. An estimated 60,000 Oklahomans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 03 2015 08:03:17 AM CST RT @DMSlipke: Oklahoma County jail not set up for mental health patients, experts say: http://t.co/cmNKTjTvoC via @jaclyncosgrove http://t.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Sep. 01 2015 08:51:07 AM CST RT @bterryphoto: Septic shock survivor in Oklahoma crosses item off bucket list. http://t.co/4xWugPbLj4 http://t.co/54nX7KQcyO
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Sep. 01 2015 08:50:02 AM CST RT @MHAOKLA: Oklahoma County jail not set up for #mentalhealth patients, experts say http://t.co/Qb5TIH92iz - via @jaclyncosgrove @NewsOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Sep. 01 2015 08:49:51 AM CST RT @NewsOK: “When they built it, they didn't think inmates ever got sick.” http://t.co/bvnvGuh47s
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 30 2015 10:10:26 AM CST OKCers: Is she missing anything? Machiko is visiting from LA. https://t.co/GwPc7rrhMf
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:34:41 AM CST Oklahoma County jail not set up for mental health patients, experts say http://t.co/aUYPlOUPeZ
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:19:31 AM CST @machikoyasuda @Tiffanyg89 Wow! That's an impressive itinerary. Keep an eye out for delicious food trucks.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 30 2015 01:14:13 AM CST @TheMichelleBui Thank you!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 30 2015 01:12:14 AM CST What a perfect day. #JandTsayIDo http://t.co/FrdxEp9MaP
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Aug. 30 2015 01:06:52 AM CST RT @LaGumboYaYa: We love to cater! Especially for wonderful couples #JandTsayIDo http://t.co/yHmWDj45dR
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 29 2015 03:16:19 PM CST @Tiffanyg89 Me too!!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Aug. 29 2015 03:12:47 PM CST @Tiffanyg89 Hey, you busy today?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 28 2015 04:12:45 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Oklahoma City police searching for missing 2-year-old http://t.co/kEKcmRI8SB
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 28 2015 04:12:09 PM CST @kristenvails I really loved these when I was that age: http://t.co/boBzyIzABv
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Aug. 28 2015 02:12:36 PM CST I asked a candle maker, "What's the difference between paraffin wax candles and soy candles?" "It's like a civil war," she said. I LOLed.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:54:24 AM CST @meganmcmac It's one of my favorites. I think she would give that face to politicians while interviewing them.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:53:06 AM CST Happy #NationalDogDay, Maggie May. Thank you for continually reminding me to laugh often. http://t.co/1EiOXQRQQr
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:46:45 AM CST I had a blast at @OKCBHD writing this story for @OklahomaToday: http://t.co/ek56a7W5mA Don't forget to pick up the latest issue!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 26 2015 10:45:03 AM CST RT @OklahomaToday: We love the Milky Way since it, like Oklahoma, is home. Thanks to Teri James of Morrison for this awesome photo! http://
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 25 2015 08:38:52 PM CST RT @charlesornstein: Abortion opponent on records: "There are stories in the data that bring home the reality of what these people do." htt

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